Practical Suggestions for Abolitionists

January 16, 1852

In an anti-tobacco-chewing article, Lewis Ford, comments:  “…most tobacco-chewers keep their mouth so full of the juice as to be unable to enter into a spirited conversation with another, without spattering more or less of the juice into the face of his opponent, not unfrequently causing very unpleasant sensations of the stomach and eyes, bringing tears; and no doubt the chewer, (when talking on serious subjects,) oftentimes mistakes these tears as the effect of his conversation on the mind..”  The writer suggests that, by foregoing the use of tobacco, the tax on same could be saved, and thus contributed to the abolitionist cause.

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