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EVOLUTION OF THE AFTERNOON TEA

Of course one can not mention the words "afternoon tea" without immediately associating it with merry England. 

For it was there that, over two hundred years ago, a  Dutchman brought with him from the Orient a peculiar little leaf which, with a little hot water and sugar, made a delicious drink.
At first lordly Englishmen would have none of him--but he didn't care.
 He exhibited the powers of the little leaves, made his tea, and drank it with evident relish. Others were curious; they, too, drank, and once they started it was difficult to do without it.

Someone spread the rumor that this new drink from China contained drugs and stimulants--and no sooner was this rumor spread than everyone began drinking it! 

Even the ladies and gentlemen of better society finally condescended to taste "the stuff"--and lo! before they realized it, it had been unconsciously adopted as their very own beverage!
Through two generations the idea of t…