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Mail Tribune 100, Feb. 25, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Feb. 25, 1920


“Spitting is forbidden.” Why? Because we are so dainty that we do not like to see people spit? By no means. There is a much better reason. The North Carolina Health Bulletin had a clever cartoon recently, showing how “the Germans did it a Chateau Thierry and how Carolinans do it at home.” The former killed about a thousand men from North Carolina by machine guns; the latter killed 13,644 people last fall and winter by sneezing into each others’ faces and spitting. For that is the way influenza is carried.

Germ diseases that live in the mucous membrane of the mouth, such as flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, catarrh, scarlet fever, diphtheria, measles, are spread by “swapping germs.” The spray that we send out in talking is carried about two feet in ordinary conversation, and the sputum with which we adorn the sidewalk, drying, scatters death — literally — wherever it flies.

Don’t think that because you are well you are not a source of infection. We all carry this and that disease in our mouths most of the time only we are too well to fall victims to them ourselves. But another may die of these very germs; or conversely someone may seed the air with something that lays us low.

It is wise not to stand too close to people while talking to them or to face them too directly. It is not only impolite to cough or sneeze without a handkerchief; it is attempted homicide. And until we learn this we shall be the victims of throat and lung diseases and any new scourge of this nature such as the flu, will find us ready victims.


Bandon, Ore., Feb. 25. — A fund of more than $300 has been raised here and at Prosper for the purpose of assisting the county in securing the services of an expert criminal lawyer to prosecute the Harold Howell case at the third trial. Young Howell, aged 16, is accused of having shot and killed Lillian Leuthold, aged 16, near her ranch house in Coos county last July. He has been twice tried on the charge and both juries disagreed.


Salisbury Field and Margaret Mayo’s funniest of all funny plays will be the attraction at the Page theatre on Monday night, March 1st. Laughter is said to never leave off in “Twin Beds.” It is a riot almost all the time, a tornado of harum-scarum fun. “Twin Beds” concerns itself with the harrowing experience of three couples who live in a large fashionable apartment house, and thru the friendliness of one of their number, suddenly find that, try as they may, they cannot escape each other. In the scramble for peace and privacy, both of which recede steadily as the plot unfolds the characters are intensely amusing. The cast and production seen here is the one especially organized for a Pacific coast tour of the prominent cities.

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