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The Tea Industry in India; a Review of Finance and Labour, and a Guide for Capitalists and Assistants

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The history of the discovery and introduction of what is generally known as Chinese tea, though often told, has a special interest to a very large proportion of the inhabitants of the civilised world. In every country, indeed, on the face of the globe, the people use some beverage which they know as tea, and which is prepared in a similar way to that in use amongst ourselves, namely, by infusion, and often, though made from the foliage of indigenous plants, having the same chemical properties as true tea. Considering the enormous money value the cultivation of the tea plant represents not only in this country, but in China and also in India, where it is continually extending, it follows that works on this special industry would meet with a wide circulation amongst planters, and managers and directors of tea companies, notwithstanding that books and papers on the subject are by no means scarce.

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