Philadelphia, Pa., April 10, 1899.
To the Editor:
—In an article in the Journal of April 1, Dr. Matthew Woods discusses "Some of the Minor Immoralities of the Tobacco Habit." The title is a misnomer, for according to Dr. Woods there are no minor immoralities connected with the subject. The weed itself, he says, "has been ignominiously expelled from the pharmacopea of every civilized land," because of its uselessness and danger. Indulgence in its use he characterizes as vicious, shameless and depraved. Much of what Dr. Woods has written in this address reads like an old-fashioned explosion on the evils of the "rum" habit, but he is careful to make it clear that he would not be so severe on alcoholism, for after arraying what he regards as the evils and immoralities of the indulgence in tobacco, he says with a clearness that is pointed and emphatic, that these charges