Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Let them drink tea

Dr Victor Alexander Ross, serving the parish of Uig, gives evidence to the Dewar Commission which is sitting at Garynahine in October 1912. He attributes health problems to (among other things) tea drinking. 

11,413. Are there many cases that you can attribute to over-tea-drinking ?
—Yes ; many cases, especially on the female side.

11,414. Do they not take much porridge ?
—No, unfortunately it has gone out.

11,415. They give the tea to the children too ?
—Yes. It is not tea ; it is a sort of bark. It is that sort of tea that constricts your tongue when you take it.

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