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VIRGINIA BANISHING TEA.                             61
Then rouse, my sons! from slavery free Your suffering homes; from Grod's high wrath; Gird on your steel; give liberty To all who follow in our path.
1 Hyson, no more beguiled by thee. These appeals, very generally, had the desired effects. Some, however, of the " more ancient and decaide females," could not deny themselves the pleasing stimulant, and it was their custom to take a " wee drop " clandestinely. The following is one, of many anecdotes concerning these quiet solace-ments. " A lady of Virginia, being in opulent circumstances, invi­ted a party of her female acquaintances to pass an evening with her in a private room up stairs, where they were to regale themselves with a dish of the forbidden tea. But the husband of the lady, inferring, from the appearance of affairs, what was going on, quietly stole up stairs and slipped a piece of tobacco into the tea-kettle. The consequence was, the ladies all went home most terribly dis­turbed and uncertain; while the old gentleman enjoyed himself, jpatrioticaUy, at their expense."

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