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THE CUP WHJiæH CHEERS.

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THE CUP WHJiæH CHEERS. The Zla-,cet has raised its -wace, certainly noxe- tsocu soon, against the increasing indulgence among; the educated and gentle of whattit justly characterises- as. the pernicious habit of tiwpling. There can be no- doubiiin the mind of any v*ho observe the charges- of macjaers in good society that this very serious charge- is well founded, nor niftst the ladies, though: the LatncH delicately abstains .^rom direct allusion te>theBa, be allowed to consider themselves exempted fBamj its strictures or unconcerned in its warnings (remarks- the Pail Mall Gazette). Everything in modern customs, tends that way—the large wine-glasses in use- at all dSnner-tables the in traduction of amiable alcoholic drinks the fashion of giving claret or mosell c-up as an adjunct to the five o'clock tea-table, msdi at the auffets of evening parties, where girls, heated with dancing or fevered with their constant round of excite- ment, may be seen sWtllowing glass after glass of these tempting and fallaciously cool beverages in place of the lemonade and syrups which formerly sufficed for their refreshment. But has the faculty, &s it is called, nothing to answer for in promoting the- present state of things ? Children are now given, by the doctor's orders," an amount of alcohol which, would have horrified their grandmothers. The beer and port wine administered two or three times a day at first disgusts but soon becomes grateful to them. Almost every one of us may plead medical advice as the beginning of the habit. They say the modern type of disease is low that stimulants are requisite and that whether they prescribe chloric ether or champagne does not much signify. Perhaps not in the physical point of view, but in the moral one? Surely, the temptation to the abuse of such stimulants as lavender, ether, &c., is not so great or so constantly recurring as that of wine and liqueurs, which are offered and pressed upon us wherever we go ? Brandy now takes the place of sal volatile in the lady's dressing case and the pro- perties of gin as a cleansing agent applicable to every- thing .from the gilt stopper of a scent bottle to a lace flounce are firmly impressed on the mind of the wait. ing maid. We would never speak but with respect of the noble profession of healing, but it cannot be denied that the peculiar temptation assailing some of its more "fashionable" members is that of following rather than leading the inclinations of their patients.

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