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five-o'clock Tea

There is a fallacy among certain tea-fanciers that the origin of

five-o'clock tea was due to hygienic demand. These students of

the stomach contend that as a tonic and gentle stimulant, when

not taken with meat, it is not to be equalled. With meat or any

but light food it is considered harmful. Taken between luncheon

and dinner it drives away fatigue and acts as a tonic. This is

good if true, but it is only a theory, after all. Our theory is that

five o'clock in the afternoon is the ladies' leisure hour, and that

the taking of tea at that time is an escape from ennui.