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And now, just as we have attained
the climax in kissing the twentieth
century limited two-hour kiss, re
cently celebrated in a New York di
vorce court comes out of Camden
this insidious anti-kissing propa
Grip has only been classified in
Camden since 1888, while the kiss is
an ancient and eternal institution.
Yet the latter has been cdndemned,
banned, because of the prevalence of
Every city in the country is having
either a taste or a bad dose of grip.
But worst of them all Is Camden,
where over 3,500 are grip victims,
where to date there have been close
to a hundred deaths and where the
health board has taken the final des
perate anti-osculatory action.
Three things have been discovered.
1 That in Camden you may be
jailed for kissing.
2 That nonetheless the kiss can
not be stamped out, but will flourish
despite all repressive methods.
3 That 'tis fruitless to taboo the
kiss, because virginly unkissed
though you be, you're going to catch
the grip just the same.
The Camden board of health, be it
known, is peculiarly well fitted to
cope with disease in all stages. For
upon that board of health are the
town plumber, the town physician,
the town druggist, and the town un
dertaker. And all of them, emulat
ing Mayor Ellis and Chief of Police
Gravnor, are down with the grip!
Dr. John F. Leavitt, health officer,
is the man who made Camden kiss
less, the dictator and apostle of anti
osculation. "Grip is sweeping through whole
families here," he says. "Germs are
the cause. They are everywhere in
the air, but they are most likely to be
communicated by contact. Promis
cuous contact of lips is especially
dangerous. The human lip contains
40,000 microbes per square centi
meter. For these reasons, I have
forbidden kissing in Camden, or jlq,
duration of the epidemic. Of course
I can't enforce my decree but the
people are all with me."
And they are.
Camden jewelers are selling both
kissing screens and kissing fans. The
former are shaped like enlarged one
eyed lorgnettes, with gold, tortoise
shell or platinum frames, and a
screen of sterilized net The latter
are of the same material, but are
shaped and carried like fans.
Then there is the Osculation Lo
tion aux Violettes, put up by Drug
gist Henry Gearkle of Hatton street,
in accordance with a prescription of
the famous Dr. Nalpasse of the Uni
versity of Paris.
Those Camdenites who cannot
afford those more elegant sanitary
kiss contrivances, can get almost
unlimited old-fashioned kissing for
an expenditure of six cents round trip
on the ferry across the Delaware to
Philadelphia. They claim that kisses
taken outside the jurisdiction of Dr.
Leavitt, and within the limits of Phil
adelphia, are perfectly sterile, for the
air of Philadelphia, they sa, is dead
ly to all forms of life, and destroys
SAFETY KISSING PERFUME USED
One gram thymol of menthol and
salol, 10 grams benzoic acid, 12
grams essence of violets dissolved in
250 grams alcohol, mixed with solu
tion of 10 grams bicarbonate soda
and 15 grams boracic acid dissolved
in 1,750 grams of distilled water.
Each kisser should bathe parts in
tended for osculatory adhesion with;
a sterilized kerchief moistened in this
Thomas Catt is among the Colora-
do saloonkeepers who will go out ot
business Jan. 1. ;
If the manager developes the bar.?
outlines sufficiently the show will g '