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Tea Drinking in Moscow.
A glamour of the East hangs over Moscow. The water carriers still ply their trade about the streets. Armenians, Persians, and dwellers of the far away khanates, may be seen among the crowd at the markets, and really looking more at home in their quaint garbes than do the Western traders, m hats and trousers. No where else does the illusion grow upon one so much as in the numer ous traktirs which surround the mar kets. The Oriental hangings, the divans, the lamps swinging censer like from the ceilings, all have an Arabian Nights air, which is height ened by the appearance of the mute servants gliding silently about. I dropped in the other day at the great Moskovski Traktir, to wait for a friend who was to accompany me to the markets to see the peasants, or Moujiks, _ selling their household goods. The Moskovski is one of the largest, it not the largest, traktirs in the city, and is the place where the tea merchants of Russia rendez vous ; for almost every calling or guild here has its particular traktir where its members meet to talk over business, as well as to supply the wants of the inner man. It is not exactly a restaurant, nor yet exactly an exchange, but partakes of some thing of the nature of the two; eat ing perhaps, being the principal ob ject, and business a secondary consid eration, in the establishment. The entrance to the Moskovski is up a broad flight of stairs, leading from a street intersected with ruts and dotted over with holes. A liv eried servant throws open large fold ing doors, as soon as the formal knock is given, and you find yourself in a temperature which is a delight ful contrast from that you have just left. Servants are waiting to take your overcoat and wraps. Looking about, you see a long apartment with arched ceiling, and with its polished floors thoroughly filled with sofas and tables; the latter of different sizes to accommodate proportionate groups. At the far end of the room stands 3n immense organ, perpetually grinding forth airs from the favorite operas. The place with all its access aries—the vaulted roof, the rich hangings of silk and brilliant wools, the swaying lamps, the many sofas, the music and warmth—all contrib ute to the glamour of novelty. Yon have entered upon a civilization other than your own. The illusion is increased, too, by the stealthy movements of the ser vants, all dressed exactly alike and notable for their silent and swift obe dience. Unlike the dapper serving men of all other restaurants you know, the servants of the Moskovski are tall, athletic men, apparelled in white tunics and full white trousers, and with their long hair brushed smoothly back from their foreheads and parted in the middle. Their manner is a cross between the ab surd dignity of the tail-coated, white neck-tied English, the over zealous French, and the slam-hang American waiters. All their movements are unhurried, sustained, and measured, and, moreover, they don’t talk. In deed, no one seems to talk much or loudly; and the somewhat boisterous entrance and conversation of my friend was greeted with an unmistak able stare of astonishment and annoyance by the other guests of the traktir. Neither do the people about disturb you with that incessant clat ter and gingle of knives and plates which obtains in other places. The Russians, among themselves, are not a talkative people, and I am told by those knowing them well that the peasants sit habitually silent at home. To the ear the Russian language sounds by no meaus harsh, being somewhat like English, with all the hard sounds taken out. The cuisine of the Moskovski ranks among the first in the city, and the list of viands to be had runs the gamut from the national pot pourri of cabbage soup to the most elaborate of made dishes. The prin cipal article of consumption in the traktir, however, is tea. You cannot pass a day in Russia without learning the Russian for a cup of tea, pro nounced, as nearly as I can convey the sound, “ Stackautchay.” Indeed, as soon as you take a seat upon one of the divans, and have a table drawn up before you, the tall servant brings tea at once, without an appar ent doubt in his mind that you would order it any way, if you only knew 6how. In some of the smaller traktir the metal tea kettles stand upon the fire in full view, and you can superin tend the brewing of the tea in per son. Here, however, two white tea pots are brought, one large and one small, the larger containing hot water, and the smaller one the tea. In place of the ordinary teacup a flass tumbler is placed before you. Tow, if you follow the native cus tom, you slowly fill the tumble half full of hot water, in order to warm it thoroughly; after which you empty the water, place the requisite amount of sugar in the bottom, then pour in the tea, and weaken with water to suit the taste. If you like a stick in it, a slice of lemon accompanies the tea, and imparts a pleasant flavor. This done, you are ready to drink —that is, if mouth and throat are sufficiently fire-proof to stand the beverage while it is scalding hot. The native Russian will drink tea while it fairly boils in the glass, and does it without the passing trace of a tear in his eye If you can follow the custom, you are likely to get better tea than it will ever be your fortune to drink again. There is one great difficulty, however, in doing it. The glass has no handle, and to pick it up in the ordinary manner is like handling a live coal. The only way to obviate the difficulty is either to hold the thick bottom of the tumbler in the hollow of your hand, or bend low enough to drink from it as it stands upon the table. Neither of these methods is considered particu larly graceful at home, I am aware, but one or the other you will proba bly adopt if you drink tea in the native fashion. To wait for it to cool requires too much time, as the glass retains the heat much longer than a porcelain or crockery cup would. Avery necessary accessory of tea drinking in a traktir is tobacco and religion. All the guests of the Mos kovski were smoking between their sips of tea, and nearly everybody made the sign of the cross fjol'ore raising the first glass to liis lips. Cigarettes were used for the most part, though one can buy cigars of good enough quality if -willing to pay an extravagant price. Always expensive, the war has put the price of cigars beyond the reach of the average patrons ef the traktir, a pass able one costing about half a rouble, war currency, or about 38 cents. To keep up the illusion of the East, how ever, you indulge in the more luxuri ous mode of smoking to be found in pipes with large earthen bowls of a red color, and having a long cherry stem. As inevitably as he brings you tea the servant brings one of these pipes. He fills It in your pres ence with the fragrant yellow tobacco, lights it with a coal, draws a few whiffs to fairly set it going, then wipes the mouth-piece carefully and hands it to you. By judicious smok ing one pipeful will last half an hour, during which you can sip tea, watch the tea merchants bargaining, and study the graceful effects of the semi- Oriental costumes they wear. All this time the great barrel organ at the end of the room will be plaintively reciting the woes of Faust, or the lively misdemeanors of Traviata or La Belle Helene. In deed, the hum of such other conver sation as you might chance to hear will be lost in the great peals of the instrument. No Russian traktir would hold its custom for a moment without mupic of some kind; and the patrons of the Moskovski would leave in a body and transfer their custom to another establishment if it boasted a better organ. This one was built at Wurtemberg expressly for the Moskovski and cost the pro prietor about $15,000. It plays, lam told, airs from about twenty operas. —N. Y. Sun. JPRED. J. LaPENOTIERE, ATTORNEY AT LAW, ENTERPRSE, Volusia County, Florida. (]HAS. B. BUCKNOR, ATTORNEY AT LAW United State# Commissioner Post-office, Enterprise, Fla. .Special attention given to the examina tiou of Titles and conveyancing, THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. 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