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I the Famous "Vamp," Who Worked in Partnership ristocrats of the Criminal World j , Millionaires, Explains How the ff>Kinds of "Dope" Affect s * heir Slaves ?> ' For opium in the luxu rious and the ) sociable vice; ilind the opium ' pipe, often of ; carved ivory ? inlaid, some : times modelled * hi' silver and : gold and set with precious atones, is the emblem of a drugged, luxu rious comerad ( trie. j From opium, ! as I have said, the next step t is morphine.* 1 Morphine is *hrt insidious, i. imperative drug used atone in fran tic self-de ? ? fenae as ref uge from dread suffering. I never heard of a morphine party. Topas8 around a nee dle and jab yourself in company would be con sidered very low be havior by the "hop hSad," or opium smoker. As opium leaves behind it a .peaceful effect, so morphine leaves an . effect doubly or trebly peaceful. The A Dirty Opium Dm in New York's Chinatown, Where Man and Women of All Grades of Society Meet in Common Degradation as Slaves of the Drug. mind is just at rest and the conscience stilled. It is be cause of this that you will find that most gunmen, most cruel, dastardly criminals, are opium and morphine users, i since these two drugs deaden remorse and make the . scoundrel forget, for a while, the twinges of repentance. But what an awakening! What a penalty at last 1 fk l It is indeed a strange fact that people who use opium, and freely acknowledged its use, will, neverthe less lie?lie?lie about the use of morpjiine. For mor phine, among drug addicts, is considered the most shame ful vice. It is practiced in secret. It is sometimes injected , ?this gives almost immediate eflfest, in twenty minutes, at least. Again, morphine is taken inwardly, either in a powder or diluted in water. An overdose of either opium or morphine kills. But each drug is like arsenic?after the body is gradually accustomed to more and more a dose ?can be taken by a confirmed user of either opium or mor phine which would kill one hundred first users. '"Style*" in Deadly Drugt and in the Way of Taking Them ? '" In the smoking of opium, particularly, great care has -to be taken to refrain from water drinking, especially at *fyih?t. I remember, after Humphreyes had given me my ? 'first opium smoke, he carefully warned me not to touch wAter for several hours. The first smoke of opium par ticular!^ makes you thirsty. For this reason, in all well appointed opium dens, big baskets of luscious fruits, or anges, pears, peaches, plums and grapes?all juicy fruits? 'arc set around in tropic profusion. There are notable cases where the person smoking :"opium for the first time has drunk water and been cured of the drug forever. ""Why, but it made me so very ill!" one well-known actress said to me. "I.never could bear to try it again." That, woman was more fortunate than she ever knew. ??!'': But. coming back to morphine, Ave must sec that its has increased widely because of the tremendous rise in: the price of opium. A little while before I started to Urifoke opium you. could buy a large can for from two ' M five dollar*. When I smoked a gfcat deal the price faad risen to fifty dollsrs, then it increased to one hundred fifty some time later, which it is to-day. Now, aa anyone can sec, opium is a rich msn's vice. "iq But with the up-to-the-minute demi-mondaine to-day The "stylish" vice is cocaine or heroin. ?q And the smart at well as the easiest and most instan taneous way of takinf either is by sniffing. To be sure, ?Maine mmy be injected, as also may heroin. But none of your "stylish" addicts ever would consider injecting it The effect of sniffing is almost Instantaneous, and you do not have to have any paraphernalia to take it this way. There was a time, not so long ?(ro, in Paris and smart places on the Continent, when fetching society queens and women of the smartest underworld carried little gold vanity cases on long chains, and sniffed their heroin and cocaine thus handily, regardless. It was nothing more to them' then than the smoking of a cigar ette. The drug fiend npay never escape detection at the hands of another drug fiend. The opium user who becomes an addict is known to another opium user, though the two speak not the same language; though one live in a palace and the other in a teeming tenement on the eastest East Side. The opium user has, as one distinguishing characteristic, an aloofness of manner, n "don't careness" about him, aptly described by Tennyson in the poem "The Lotus Eaters." The morphine victim may be just as aloof, but he is not so superior. He is inclined* to talk more. Both the morphine user and the opium user never stand squarely on their feet and look you right in the eye. They lean; they slouch; they droop their heads; and when the ob server by chance does steal a look into their eyea they notice that the morphine and the opium has contracted the pupils till they ve abnormally tiny. As for physical habits, the use of these two drugs so affects the processes of elimination that great care and artificial devices, in confirmed addicts, are necessary to keep life functioning at all. 'And always medicines have to be used to force nature to her necessary tasks of waste removal. The cocaine user, different from ihe opium and the mor phine user, is alert, over enthusiastic, energetic, active, restless and excited every minute he is under his drug. He talks incessantly. He is a "leaper"?as the phrase is interpreted to mean incessant action, endless activity. He fidgets. He fumes. He never sleeps while under the influence of cocaine. ?Hc develops exalted notions. He imagines he can flght the world and beat whatever traits or combines that ever were created. He feels more pow erful than Caesar. If it happens to be a woman, ahe feels more Icoquettish than Cleopatra and more beautiful than Mary Queen of Scota, as welt aa more unfortunate. The cocaine addict never is free from suspicion. And he always ia sure that somebody ia waiting just aronnd the corner to assassinate him. I very well remember how one night 8ally Cowen, whose unfortunate career I have dealt with in an earlier chapter, awakened but whole howeehold with a graphic Ths Crook Dan's Circular Lounge at HU Summer Homo, Whara HU Criminal Friends Aro Invited for Week-End Dope Parti**. There on That Big, Round Divan, Seated Among the Soft Pillows, the Men and Women of His Social Circle in the Underworld Stretch Out and Chat ??*d Smoke Dose Off Into Dreams, \WhQe Dan's Skilled Attendant Cooks the Dope, Fills the Pipes and Ministers to the Guests from the Little Opening in the Centre of That Criminal Circle. description of two men who were cutting each other's throats in our back yard. We investigated, and we found ' nobody at all in the yard. It was then that Sally stood at the window and described in detail a-bloody battle be tween two cutthroats, round by round. She insisted thst she ssw it; to all intents and purposes she did see it. The next day, when she had recovered from her frenzy and I told her her miatake, she Insisted that one man had cut another's throat in her presence while I snd my house hold stood by snd refused to interfere. Sally really was sure she wss right The eocaine user is never hungry; and he can go five or ten days without sleep. He may die at onee after the tenth day, but he is setive up to the Isst minute. Th? coca in p user is very destructive. I hsve seen smsrt women, while under the influence of the drug, tesr a five hundred-dollar dinner dress to pieces, while trem bling with fear of the imaginary voices of imaginary bur glars, whom they think they hear and see. Sniffed, cocaine and heroin have an immediate effect. A small quantity of heroin will produce much grester effect than a corresponding quantity of any other drug. Recently there have been many deaths reported from overdoses of heroin. This was due, when it happened un intentionally, to the fact that heroin is seldom sold pure strength. The drug peddlers dilute heroin and cocaine also with sugar of milk. It is impossibly jo ssy how much hiroin there is to s qusntity of the specified drug without a chemicsl anal/sis. There is one very interesting thing about cocsine, to me. Thst is that the cocsine user hss a mania for being near water. And if the water be running so much the better. Cocsine makes most every sddict very thirsty. Fronr4his fadt it is essy to see why cocsine users so often hide their drug under bath tubs or behind mirrors, over wa*h bowls in bathrooms; why, when making arrests of cocaine users, so msny sre apprehended near publio bath houses and comfort stations. Ether and Hathith Now the "Fashionable" Drug$ Abroad Ether and hashish arc not so common in this country as drugs as yet. But in Prance, and especially in the Montmartre quarter, .they are very common. I have seen, in exquisite drug dens there, beautiful young French girls saturate their faces with ether, place over it a wet ether cloth and go to sleep. I hsve also seen at the very smsrt restaurants more than ohe distinguished gentleman, off to Paris for a holiday, led out of the dining room, hope lessly drunk?so hopelessly drunk that two persons had to suppor} him. In a little retiring room a nurse, kept for thst pur pose, treated the man with ether untiPin half an hour he stood on his feet snd left, absolutely sober. Such sn effect does ether have when applied according to science after certain liquors hsve been drunk. Hssliish is a drug made from Indian hemp. It wns never, in my experience, a pet vice of smsrt |>cople. In Paris, particularly in the gunman and.gangster sections, it is a favorite drug. There is a saying in Paris, "the hashish makes the Apache dance," snd so it is. I hsve 'witnessed dances wierd, wild, exotia, by Apsches in French dens, Apaches full of hashish. Most hsshish dens sre in lo# cellars and vile habitations, in such countries as Mexico, Cuba, South America, and France. Which brings us to the subject of a cure. First of all, with eocaine. This habit la more eaaily cored than any other of the drugs. With all the others, however, bo eure is wrought inside of three months. I have read hi the papers lately, of one-weak cures and three-wvek eurea, and I, aa a wsa who has battled fojr^her cure, fr doua nonsense even these three-month eures are generally Two yean are none too abort for many addieta. Any cure, under six months, I would 4all pretty ineffectual. For, with the addict, it is not enough to take away the drug. The nerves must be built up the nervea shattered by years of drugs, till they will not clamor for the poison. What was wrought slowly must be remedied slowly. With opium, the user can cure himself without going to a sanitarium, though, for all the other drugs a sani tarium, I should say, was the only thing. This is one way the opium habit may be cured: Take a bottle and fill it half full of liquid opium. Fill the other half with sherry wine. Each day take from the bottle a tablespoon* ful of the mixture and, as this is removed, fill it up with pure sherry. After a while the mixture will be nothing but wine. Keeping to this daily diminishing drag, tha opium slave will be uncomfortable; he will suffer, but not as when morphine is taken from him, and not unbearably. No*, as for the amount of the dose of various drugs. At an opium party of, say, six guests, at least ten pilla would be smoked by each guest, if each was a seasoned smoker. The young woman smoker for her first tima is told to stop at one or two pills. It would be better for her to do this. Ten pills would kill her. When the opium pleasure smoker lias acquired what is called the habit he has a one-a,-day habit or a two-a-day habit or a threc-a-day - habit. This means that if he does not get his opium once or twice or three times each day he develops what is tech nically known as a "yen." When a victim has a "yen on" his eyes water, he yawns, he aches in every nerve of his body, with an ache which is exactly like a toothache, but it is everywhere. And how he perspires! He suffers alternate chills and fever. Drops of sweat stand out on his forehead. The pains of child birth, severe, racking, torturing while they last, are as nothing to the pains of opium or morphine denied. And I know, for I have borne two children. Coming to mor phine, a dose of one-fourth of a grain is considered ample for the first user. But as the user persists the doRe is in creased, till ten grains are easily consumed. DeQuineey, the English author, who wrote the "Confessions of an Opium Eater, ate opium, and did not smoke it. Toward Ihe end of his career he ate a dose which amounted to sixty grains daily. This, so far as ray knowledge and experience go, is the largest amount known to have been consumed daily by one single person. But this amount De Quinccy did not need to get all the effect possible from the drug. He merely imagined he needed that amount. If kind old nature had riot arranged a means of throwing off mueh of this unassimilated opium l)e Quincey would have died of his sixty grains. Ten, or at most twenty, grains supply to the addict all the false and menacing "kick" there is in opium. I would like to end this article with a simple warning: Young man?young woman, shun like the plague the per son who first asks you to smoke for a lark. That's the way most every shameful, down-into-the-gutter addict has developed. And just remember, when the drug has got you, you will never be able to explain the despair you feel on looking at the little black opium pill. "So small?and yet it is my absolute master 1" is what you will tell your self in agony of spirit. For this is the law and the gospel of the whola matter. There never wm an addict, through all the length had breadth of the earth, but angufahed in his heart far * cure; hat prayed, with whatever prayers he knew, far a cure. But tha percentage of the drag naera wha are cured is twa out of ten. The time to stop ia before jm hare begun. (Ta fa Cswliwyd Hmi fwidag) ?