Harper's Weekly 04/11/1896


COFFIN NAILS.

MILLIONS OF MEN ARE DRIVING THEM HOME DAILY.
A CHAPTER FULL OF WARNING TO THOSE WHO
WOULD AVOID MENTAL AND MORAL DECAY.


An English Courtier said during Walter Raleigh's im-
prisonment that he deserved freedom, for he had done
more for mankind in introducing tobacco in Europe than
had Columbus by the discovery of the new world.


Amid luxury, folly, and vice, the pleasure of the hour
was enhanced and an affliction entailed on mankind that is
now being realized, 400 years later, and all the mischief
turned loose upon the world by that impish Pandora's Box
—Tobacco—is coming home keenly to this generation.


The alarming growth of the cigarette habit in the United
States is a sad commentary on our condition from an eco-
nomical, as well as an ethical, standpoint.


We provide for our mentally and physically disordered,
but we fail utterly to recognize the morally diseased or taint-
ed, and it is this that leaves an impress on the generation
more telling in future than either of the others.


The subtle relation of the mental and physical condition
on which the moral depends is not considered, yet the
slightest intrusion or abuse of it
leaves a penalty to pay. We con-
fine the irresponsible and succor the
bodily helpless, but to the moral cow-
ard who has not the strength of his
convictions to flee the injurious habit
of tobacco, we offer no helping hand
to aid the mentally paralyzed slave.
He is helpless to himself inasmuch
as he cannot command his shattered
force of will and energy, and exterior
help is his only salvation.


Taken from a humanitarian stand-
point, it is a great field for missionary
work, because of the dread results of
tobacco in any form, and particularly
cigarettes, on our growing youth.
Excessive indulgence immediately
shows its effect on the victim, but
the moderate use works out the same
results in a given time. So it is a nice
point of discrimination as to which
of the two is preferable from a prac-
tical point of health—the sickness that
kills quickly or the lingering death.


The excessive user is retarded in
his growth mentally, morally, and
physically, if not completely shat-
tered—while the other attains only
an abnormal development. Mentally
and physically, they can be cared for,
while morally they are the unbridled
festering spots of the world.


Dr. Bremer, the leading Neurolo-
gist of the West, makes a statement
without any frills or technicalities,
that gives a sense of the feeling with
which thinking people outside the
profession are beginning to regard
the habit. “The cigarette is often
responsible for the worst sort of insan-
ity—moral insanity; more than half
the shocking crimes we hear of being
committed by young lads are directly
traceable to the cigarette habit. This
is tobacco in the worst form. It dead-
ens the sensibilities, wrecks the ner-
vous system, weakens the brain, and
all the evils of over-stimulation are
the natural result. On my experience,
gathered in St. Vincent's Institution
for Insane, I will broadly state that
the boy who smokes at 7 will drink
at 14, take morphine at 20, and at 30
will wind up with the rest of the
narcotics. It is like a pathologic
moral version of Hogarth's `Rake's
Progress.'”


TOBACCO IMBECILITY.

It is not exaggerating to say that
continuous use of tobacco produces
imbecility of the worst species, for
the juvenile cigarette fiend will lie,
steal, and cheat, where, without to-
bacco, such habits would be foreign to him. This is not
confined to youth, however, for the use of tobacco in adults
is as frequently attended by all sorts of heart disturbance
and nervous manias, that are nothing less than insanity.
Softening of the brain is nerve and brain poisoning—noth-
ing less.


The cigarette fiend inhales and thus multiplies the effect
of the nicotine by exposing the throat to absorption, and
possibly this accounts for the moral and intellectual blight
that so often befalls the habitué, and this also increases the
desire for alcohol.


Dr. Bremer ends by saying, “The best of all cures for
the sufferer is to quit.” Now, how under the sun is a man
in that condition to “quit” unaided? Just as well tell the
raving maniac to “quit,” and it would be just as reasonable
and effective to cure him. Better prescribe a cure that is
placed on its merits honestly before the public, with an ab-
solute guarantee and testimony of thousands of show that
it will cure, as No-To-Bac is, and give the victim another
show for life.


In proof of all that Dr. Bremer has stated, the three
horrible murders committed within as many months, which
are puzzling the world to find a motive, may be practically
laid at the door of tobacco using.


The public stood horrified and aghast when Klappke, in
his supposed sober senses, coolly planned and carried out
the murder of his mother, father, wife, two children, and
himself. His home was well supplied and comfortable,
his wife had always supported, and was supporting him
uncomplainingly, and his co-habitués at the saloon testified
he drank very little that day, but smoked continuously.


Another who bore many aliases deliberately asphyxiated
his wife, himself, and four children, and his friends testi-
fied that he was an inoffensive man, and, though a saloon-
keeper, he drank very moderately, but was an inveterate
smoker.


Last, and worst of all, was the destruction and ghastly
murder of Pearl Bryan by three young men, all of good
family, and none of them yet attained thirty years, but all
famous in their homes as cigarette fiends of the worst type.
Scott Jackson, the presiding genius of the horror, was ex-
pelled from offices where he was employed and colleges, for
the results of his cigarette parties, and Wood's family were
disgraced by his notoriety in the same direction before
the last blow fell.


Some years ago Tolstoï, in an article in the Contemporary
Review
, wrote of practically that which has since proved
true, and his theory of the nullifying influences of
tobacco on the sense of moral rectitude is now seconded
by our best physicians, and the

TOBACCO DEGENERATES


form a class in themselves that could be as successfully treat-
ed as any other class of monomaniacs; and though material is
already at hand for their treatment, the hour is fast coming
for that which, common-sense dictates, the man who is amen-
able will follow. Fortunately for the men of our day, few
began so early as our young smokers or with the deadly
cigarette, and no man of middle age can show the deleteri-
ous effects so plainly as the youth of our cities, where the

CIGARETTE FACE


is to be met at every turn, with the parchment-like skin,
wrinkled as with age, the face lengthened by the poisoning
and consequent reducing of the pancreatic gland and max-
illary muscles, eyes hollow, haggard, and restless from ner-
vous disorders, and lips and teeth showing constant contact
with the dark ooze of the damp tobacco.


After all, there is nothing so convincing to a man who
uses tobacco as when he attempts that which should be
an easy pastime and he finds a once sound body is unable
for the strain of ordinary exertion.


Talking over the subject with Julian P. Bliss, the pro-
fessional cycling racer, he said: “No man is allowed to use
tobacco when in training, and if he uses it up to the time of
training, as many do, it will give that dryness of the throat
and choking sensation the first weeks. Your wind is so
short that you have to stop pedaling to catch your breath
—the heart does not seem able to furnish the long breathing
necessary to long-continued action. I always quite smoking
(three) months before I begin training, and I have never
gotten down to work in so short a time or done such good
work as in the spring of '92, when I had used no tobacco
during the winter rest. I never knew any one but Harry
Wheeler who tried to continue smoking when riding, and
he is dropping his record each year.”


Geo. H. Barrett, of “Bearings,” who has been identified
with athletics for many years, and is quite an authority in
all departments, said: “I am a cigarette smoker, but if I
were attempting to do any athletic work I would not ven-
ture to smoke. No trainer allows the use of tobacco in
any form, and the heart action is certainly injured by it,
as we can tell after using, and when
dropping it to train, the first weeks
are made very hard by the choking
sensation and shortness of wind. It
would be difficult to get at the worst
effects of tobacco among athletes,
particularly riders, for they take no
chances past the very moderate one
of tobacco.”


Osmond, who came over from Eng-
land in '83 as the champion of that
country, was a cigarette fiend. He
lost the first two races he entered in
Canada, and gave up his aspirations
for the United States Championship.


If the observer will but go into a
Chicago newspaper alley and chat
with the boys who distribute the
dailies of our big cities, the facts he
will find written on their faces will
be convincing. The bright, active,
rosy-cheeked boy who is wrestling and
romping is not a cigarette smoker.
His garments show it, as well as his
face; his childish look and good-
natured way tell it; but take the lad
who is sallow-faced, cranky, irritable,
slovenly in dress—and, the boys say,
mean-tempered, tricky, and unreli-
able—and you can tell he smokes,
and if you want proof, ask him, or
look at the first and second fingers
of his right hand for the evidence,
which will bear out the appearance
each time. He cannot sell papers on
certain corners or office buildings, say
the boys, because of his appearance,
and does not seem to be trusted in
the brotherhood.


READ WHAT THEY SAY:

SMOKED 40 TO 50 CIGARETTES A DAY
FOR TWENTY YEARS—KEELEY
CURE FAILED, BUT NO-TO-BAC
DID THE WORK.


Anadarko, O. T.—Dear Sirs: I had used
tobacco incessantly for over twenty years,
smoking from forty to fifty cigarettes every
day. I tried several times to quit, and also
used the Keeley cure and several others, but
without benefit. Three boxes of No-To-Bac
entirely cured me. I have now no desire for
tobacco. You are at liberty to use this if you
wish. Yours truly,
H. P. Pruner.


NO-TO-BAC CURES THE AUDITOR OF
POLK COUNTY, MINN.


Crookston, Minn.—Gentlemen: On the 3d
day of July last I received three boxes of
your No-To-Bac, and began using same ac-
cording to directions. I have not used to-
bacco from that day to this. During the
treatment my appetite improved and I felt
better. I am now free from the desire for
tobacco, and give No-To-Bac the credit. I
am sure it would have been impossible for
me to have quit the use of tobacco without
No-To-Bac.

Very truly yours,


C. U. Webster, County Auditor.


DID NOT SLEEP—NO APPETITE—CHRONIC TOBACCO
CHEWER—NO-TO-BAC CURES HIM.


Chatham, N. Y.—Gentlemen: The party for whom I obtained No-
To-Bac
was, to his surprise, after taking nearly three boxes, entirely
cured. He was a chronic chewer, and tobacco shattered his nervous
system. No desire for food, and did not sleep. Now he is a different
man. Does not crave tobacco, and has not been so well for years. He
cannot praise No-To-Bac too highly. Yours truly,
A. J. Fellows, Druggist, Masonic Building.


CURED HER THREE BROTHERS OF THE VILE HABIT.

Tuckaseigee, N. C.—Gentlemen: Inclosed please find order for eight
boxes of No-To-Bac. I am satisfied that it is a good thing. I have seen
the evil effects of tobacco, and want to do what I can to destroy its in-
fluence on my fellow-men. Three of my brothers have been cured of the
vile habit by the use of No-To-Bac, and it had a decided effect on one of
them. He has gained in flesh rapidly, and his skin looks clear and
healthy. The other two I have not seen since taking No-To-Bac, but
they are satisfied with the treatment. You may put me down as one of
your agents.

Respectfully,

Mrs. Mary T. Hooper.


Go buy and try No-To-Bac to-day. You can get it from
your druggist, under his guarantee; or samples, with the
maker's written guarantee, will be sent by mail, if you
write to The Sterling Remedy Co., Chicago, or New York.


Kathryn Clarke Roe.


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