June 1912: Smoking

–from Raymond Preistley’s account, “Antarctic Adventure”–

“We have all perspired a good deal during the unwonted exercise, and are feeling more hungry than usual if possible.  I believe we are getting hungrier every day.  Either the smitch or the smoking of tea-leaves and wood-chips had induced in us a slight affection of the bronchial tubes, which causes wheezy breathing and huskiness of voice. We are all effected more or less, and it is very weird to listen to this unmelodious concert when lying awake in the darkness after the lamps have been put out at night.  A more utter darkness it would be almost impossible to imagine.”


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