100 Years Ago in Warren: Opium cigarettes, Cadillacs and a schooner

This ad, for coal, ran in the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in October 1912. This ad, for coal, ran in the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in October 1912.

This ad, for coal, ran in the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in October 1912.

Taken from the pages of the Warren and Barrington Gazette this week in October 1912:

Fancy new machines

Warren people continue to act in accord with the proven theory that the auto truck is the ideal vehicle for delivery of goods, but they haven’t yet got the new air drive on them. However, Charles H. Sparks has registered a 10 horse power Cadillac delivery truck, No. x681, and Herbert A. Seymour has a 10 horse power short truck, Cadillac, No. x651. May the carburetor of neither of them never go wrong.

Schooner in the river

A three-masted schooner from Bangor, Me., is discharging a cargo of lumber at Bosworth’s wharf, on the Barrington side of the river.

Young opium addicts

The deadly cigarette is so much in evidence on the streets, in the hands of the young that we feel that we must speak again and remind our Town Council and police force that some one, or probably a number of places are disregarding a state law, which forbids selling to minors. Also the same law says a minor found smoking a cigarette is liable to arrest; and yet no boy has been brought before the court for this offense. The parents are at fault too that they do not protest against the selling of the poisonous, opium soaked cigarette. No boy can long deceive his parents, the telltale odor and stained fingers will soon betray him. Then is the time to act, to make at once a diligent search for the source of the supply. There is too much apathy in this matter. Look upon the sallow countenances and stunted growth of some of the boys who are already cigarette fiends – study truancy and you can trace much of it to the pernicious habit which sends many a boy to the reform school because he cannot be controlled any where else. Everything he can learn, beg or steal goes to satisfy the craving appetite! And school regulations or parents’ command are nothing to him compared with the coveted cigarette. He becomes a nervous wreck unfit for study, his eyes become affected and his heart weak. What kind of a start is this for a sturdy manhood? What a travesty upon justice to foist these little wrecks upon society to curse and ruin the coming generations. it is time that the public conscience was awakened to this evil and arouse itself to protect the boys who are one of the most valuable assets the nation has. Why allow a traffic to exist which lives mainly by undermining the health and morals of the young? A sad sight, is the boys who search the gutters for stubs thrown there by men. This is the way that many boys acquire the habit. SHould there not be an ordinance forbidding any one throwing stubs in the streets and while our law makers are about it why not forbid the sale of cigarettes in the town to old or young. Which is of the most importance that we guard the health and morals of our boys by putting temptation out of their way or that men’s selfish appetite be indulged and dealers profit by the sale of the evil thing?

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