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A. F. L UNIT WINS
TWIT DISPUTE,
Right to Represent 3.200
Workers Upheld—Wage
Talks Resume.
The right of the American Federa
tion of Labor's union to represent the
>,200 workers of the Capital Transit
Co. was upheld In effect yesterday by
the National Labor Relations Board
against a counter claim of a union of
the Committee on Industrial Organi
sation, and officers of the A. F. of L.
union planned today to resume nego
tiations with the company for a new
wage agreement.
The A. F. of L. union, the Amalga
mated Association of Street Electric
Railway and Motor Coach Employes,
told the board it represented 2.821 of
the street railway employes. The board
dismissed a petition by the Transport
Workers' Union, C. I. O. affiliate, to
call a collective bargaining election
among street car and coach workers.
The N. L. R. B held there was no
dispute requiring an election.
The union's wage agreement with
the Capital Transit Co. expired April
1, but was extended to April 30 pend
ing negotiations, which had been de
layed by the fight of the C. I. O. to
represent the workers.
Officers of the A. F. of L. antici
pated no difficulty in effecting a new
wage pact. Negotiations are expected
to be completed before the end of the
month.
The Central Labor Union, A. F. of
L. body, voted recently to investigate
C. I. O. activities in Washington.
WILD WEST SHOW
HERE MAY 2 TO 4
Col. Tim McCoy Will Exhibit
His Rough Riders of the
World.
The cowboys are coming. Washing
ton was informed today by advance
agents of Col. Tim McCoy's "Real
Wild West and Rough Riders of the
World."
The visit here will occur May 2. 3
and 4. it announced further, and as
surance was given "that Col. Tim.
hard-riding' film favorite of every red
blooded boy and girl, will be here in
person "
Some 500 persons and as many ani
mats are traveling in the 40-car rail
road entourage, the announcement
said, with afternoon and evening per
formances planned here each day.
PROTEST IS FILED
ON BOWLING ALLEYS
Forest Hills Citizens Complain
of Plans to Zoning
Commission.
The District Zoning Commission has
tinder consideration a protest from
the Forest Hills Citizens' Association
against announced plans to erect
a building housing a number of bowl
ing alleys on recently rezoned property
on Connecticut avenue Just south of
Albemarle street, it was announced
today.
Part of the lot in question has
been zoned first commercial since
1920, but the rear 50 feet of the
property was not zoned in the same
way until last March 2.
At that time, according to officials
of the association, they did not oppose
the request for rezoning because they
had a verbal understanding with the
owner that the property would be
used for a park-and-shop develop
ment, with a retaining wall on the
park side to be screened by trees
and vines.
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Rare Volumes Tell of Curse
That Befell London—Tobacco
A
Victims of Degenerating Drug Are
Described, With Proper Amount of
Pity for Helpless Wives.
By THOMAS R. HENRY.
Along with the plague a terrible
curse fell on 17th century London.
Hitherto upright, honest men, loyal
husbands and fathers of families, be
came victims of a degenerating, habit
forming drug which made them lower
than the beasts. They became deaf
to all appeals to their better selves,
all the piteous pleas of their stricken
Families.
The foresaken wife of such a man I
is described as "most fearfully fuming >
forth very fountains of blood, howling
for anguish of heart, weeping, wailing
and wringing her handes together with
grisly looks, staring eies, with mind
amazed, with thoughts perplexed, with
body shivering and shaking in every
joint while she pitifully pleads with
her spouse."
But the dissolute fellow, hitherto
a prop of society, probably had sunken
too low to be moved by such a horrible
spectacle.
The medical profession was aroused.
The terrible drug, they said, had its
place, but should never be used except
on the prescription, bought and paid
for, of a reputable physician.
In Arents Collection.
This drug was not alcohol, opiym,
hasheesh. You would never guess—
it was tobacco. The strange story is
told in a unique collection of the
early literature, of tobacco now being
exhibited by George Arents, jr„ New
York collector, at the Library of Con
gress. Mr. Arents has scoured the
world for rare books, manuscripts and
pictures dealing with the early days
of smoking and chewing.
, History has a strange way of re
peating itself backward—for the use
of tobacco was made respectable by
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prohibition. James I, who had a
violent animosity to the Virginia weed,
raised the duty on it 1,000 per cent.
As a result it became worth about
$100 a pound, bootleggers got busy
peddling homemade stuff filled with
sticks and leaves, it became a symbol
of wealth to be able to smoke a
thimbleful, folks took pride in cir
cumventing the law, fashionable
women started smoking, and even
the clergy began attending boot
legged tobacco parties.
The whole story is told in the rare
books and manuscripts in most of
the modern European languages, which
Me. Arents has picked up in his
travels. It is the world’s greatest
depositories of tobacco curiosities.
Following are a few of them:
Francis Bacon, the fellow who some
folk* think wrote Shakespeare, said
that mothers who smoked would give
birth to •'lunatickes.”
As Cure for Asthma,
Walter Rumsey, a Welsh judge, rec
ommended mixing tobacco with one's
morning beer to cure asthma.
Drinking tobacco Juice to reduce
fever was prescribed by a worthy
Dutch doctor named Gilles Everhard,
who wrote the first book entirely on
tobacco. He also thought It was good
for ulcers of the stomach, high blood
pressure, poor eyesight and deafness.
Another Dutch medical man with
the imposing name of Isbrandus de
Diemerbroeck thought chewing tobac
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plague, and lots of other doctors agreed
with him.
An Italian healer, Francesco Redi,
thought oil of tobacco was a mar
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the veins. He tried It on dogs. It
cured what was wrong with them but
killed them.
But one and all these doctors agreed
that the American weed was.a dan
gerous drug which should be used only
on the prescription of qualified phy
sicians. Otherwise, they said, it re
duced men to the level of beasts.
England had one tobacco-chewing
Queen, Caroline, wife of George the
Third. She Tiad a chew every morn
ing to clean her teeth.
All through the early 18th century
reformed smokers wrote "confessions"
about the terrible habit.
In Germany tobacco brotherhoods
were formed. They met in back rooms,
safe from the police. One must be
elected to membership. Each member
was assigned an individual mouthpiece
attached by a tube to a large bowl
filled with tabocco in the middle of
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"Professors" of smoking hung out
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