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Drinking In Norway

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The Bcr. Qideon Draper writes to the Xuvv Vork Methodist a humorous account oi' his exporieneus in Ñorway. líe In accordaneo with u previous invitution, we ropaired to tlie 2arsonago to partake uï i formal dimior in lionor of the Bishop. The Norwegian ilag is living from tho flagstiiff, and a rogret expressoc by tho host that ho has not the beautiful American to unfurl by its Blde. Tbc cateohiat and ofEcers of the church, with a few other guests, all of wbom uro genei, gathcred oround the tablo, and a good Xorwcgian dinner v !, introduced byfish and pudding and tl conipanyiug sido dishes. Alany toasts drank, among whioh Amorioa anc its ropresentativeci .-oro not forgotten Aftor dinner coK'ee and pipes, and snbsoqueutly bottles containing divers kind.-, mong whicli I was surprised to lind not one temperuncc drink Good, pure vnter abounds, it was said, in Norway. I replied that I had never vit seen a Xorwofiiun drinking any. The preaoher took hia sjúiits in tho vestry at' ter his labor, tho Bishop his, nüd wiue beer, and punch were in abundunce. - This drinking of anything but water i.s hero universal and incessant. Tho tota abstinenco societies havo in NTorway 1 open but a diseouiaging field. The Bish op toasted tho young candidatos who hat just fmished their thi todies. I would roquiro some stretch of iiu tion to fanoy Bishop Janes taking hi grog aftor liis pulpit labore, and thei toasting in tho wine cup thoso whom hu ordained to tlie saored ministry. Bu customs dilFer in different countriés. AS returned houie, not knowing whether more impressed by the sokiun Bervi f tlin morning, or by the eoclesiasti cal jollity of the aftornoon.


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