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  CEYLON TEA ROOM, WOMAN'S BUILDING - The large company of Singhalese which arrived in Chicago in the winter-time, early in 1893, set resolutely at work under Mr. Grinlinton and prepared not only its main building or court in the region of France and Germany, on the lake shore, but set up tea-booths in the Agricultural, Manufactures, and Woman's Buildings. Their hope was to further introduce their spices, ebony and tea to the Western Republic, and British interests were behind them. There was the frugal hope, however, that the tea-salons would be profitable, and there is little doubt that this hope was realized. The scene before us represents the most elegant of these places of refreshment. It was built at the southern end of the main floor of the Woman's Building, and at the foreground, inside the ropes, excels in the display of luxurious and beautiful furnishings. The difference between this inclosure and that to which the general public was invited for the purpose of purchasing tea may be easily detected. A parlor of delicate and wonderful carvings and embroideries is on one side, a restaurant on the other. The hangings of the entire room, the parlor, the scent of sandal-wood, the carved ceilings, well-lit with electricity, and above all the gentle demeanor of the Singhalese, endeared the resort to tea-lovers, and probably won many of them over to the use of the new brand.
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