"Coffee, too, has its marvels in the camp kitchen, but not so many, and not so inscrutable as those that beset the bean-pot. A low complacent grunt follows a mouthful drawn in with a gurgle, and the remark cast forth aimlessly, 'That's good coffee.' Then another gurgling sip and repetition of the judgment, 'Yes, sir, that is good coffee.' As to tea, there are but two kinds, weak and strong, the stronger the better. The only remark heard is, 'That tea's weak,' otherwise it is good enough and not worth mentioning. If it has been boiled an hour or two or smoked on a pitchy fire, no matter,—who cares for a little tannin or creosote? They make the black beverage all the stronger and more attractive to tobacco-tanned palates."