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Open-air refreshment stall

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I have observed a great number if open-air stalls, which are placed either under mat coverings, or simply under large umbrellas made of dried palm-leaves. I have seen most picturesque groups standing around these stalls drinking soup, or eating boiled rice with chopsticks, or perhaps taking cakes or other light refreshment.

Fourteen Months in Canton by Mrs. Gray Published 1880 Available from books.google.com