Press cutting titled: An Episode in Tea

A press cutting of an article about Mr. Horniman’s Tea. An unknown journalist writes a long excerpt describing the popularity of Mr. Horniman’s Tea and how no one could have suspected it to become a household name. It mentions how Mr. Horniman has never been near a tea bush himself and his visit to India, especially Darjeeling and being entertained to the upmost regard shows how important Mr. Horniman has become. At his request he is taken to Alloobari Tea Estate and while there is given tea reared grown and manufactured on the estate. The excerpt continues to mention the rapidly gaining rivals such as Lipton and Co. and how he has no regard of that the price the market is, high or low, but he will continue to provide the public with superior tea as always. Considering the rapid growth of other rivals, Mr. Horniman’s Tea has seen an increase, and now the firm had over 6,000 Agencies in Great Britain and 600 in London alone. After his tea Mr. Horniman was given a tour and an in depth explanation of how the tea was made, as the sun set he was not satisfied until he was among the tea bushes, he was taken to the tea bushes and handed a white Tea flower. The excerpt mentions the great satisfaction and gratitude that could be seen on his face and how a man of 69 years still cherishes the tea he grew up with. It continues to mention Mr, Horniman lasting impression on the inhabitants and the poor with his kindness. The latter part of the excerpt describes his fortune due to him and his father’s investment in tea has made him a millionaire with property all over England and especially his palatial home in Croydon. His generous income has paved a way for his hobby which can be evident in the Horniman Museum which has become a popular Museum. It has many objects such as, Temple vessels, bells, gongs, trumpets, bones, skulls, dresses, etc. An annual report shows that a number of schools and visitors have seen the Museum and the collection imparts such value and pleasure. The excerpt concludes with the journalist best concluding his thoughts on Mr. Horniman, with a story told to the him by Mr. Horniman about his daughter being asked her name and she replies with ‘Tea’, and the gentleman replying ‘Oh you are the little Miss Horniman, for it is evident that the child knew the word ‘Tea’ long before her own name and that tea must have been spoken of pretty often in the home.

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