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Since the universally acknowledged advantages of the solitary or individual drinking cup are so readily recognized the adoption of a cup whose introduction into common and general use would not impose a burden or hardship on the user is an object much to be desired and if obtained to be promptly commended.
It is to be admitted that the agitation on hygienic lines has been most successfully conducted through the medium of the church communion cup, and that the success attending its introduction at this most sacred function has quite generally been satisfactory to those participating and most able to judge. That an innovation of this kind has many difficulties to encounter and overcome is to be expected, as it invades the precincts of the holiest of ecclesiastic ordinances, besides it introduces a new element of expense that the feebler village and rural congregations are illy able to bear.
LICHTY D. AN INDIVIDUAL DRINKING CUP.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(22):1278–1279. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440740024002i