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AYS Sir Walter Besant in his admirable review of Her Majesty's reign, entitled " In Sixty Years," '' there have been losses—some decay of manners, some decay of scholarship, some decay of dignity." He might with truth have added that there has also been a great decay of modesty on the part of certain articles of daily consumption.
Tea was formerly of so shrinking and retiring a nature that it infinitely preferred being landed after its long voyage from China at some secluded spot where only the i. •• lonely hills looked down upon a peaceful shore, and where
the wave-washed rocks formed a natural but unfrequented harbour. Tobacco too was most provokingly modest. It had a perfect horror of being landed upon a noisy, bustling quay, and moreover it shrank back in dismay from any officious and pushing Custom House%officer. Rum, gin, and brandy appear at the close of the century to have lost all fear of publicity and of daylight, " but when
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