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March 11, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(10):798. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500370046013

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In several parts of the country within the last two or three weeks there has been a salutary revival of the crusade against the spitting nuisance. That there has been need of such a move needs no argument, but its occurrence is good evidence of the educational work that has been done within the last two or three years. Before that time prosecutions for this offense were often thrown out of court and it was practically recognized as one of the rights of the citizen that he might spit when and where he pleased. Now, while the victims of arrest express some indignation, they are nevertheless promptly fined, and the public generally is in accord with the authorities on this subject. Necessarily, the enforcement of the law is likely to be more or less spasmodic, but its necessity will diminish with each raid on the spitters in public places. Many

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