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1863 edition. Excerpt: ...he attributed the luridness only to the
color of those plants, not to their character. It is absurd to
denounce it as belonging to the poisonous nightshade tribe, when
the potato and the tomato also appertain to that perilous domestic
circle. It is hardly fair even to complain of it for yielding a
poisonous oil, when these two virtuous plants--to say nothing of
the peach and the almond--will, under sufficient chemical
provocation, do the same thing. Two drops of nicotine will, indeed,
kill a rabbit; but so, it is said, will two drops of solanine.
Great are the resources of chemistry, and a well-regulated
scientific mind can detect something deadly almost anywhere. Nor is
it safe to assume, as many do, that tobacco predisposes very
powerfully to more dangerous dissipations. The non-smoking Saxons
were probably far more intemperate in drinking than the modern
English; and Lane, the best authority, points out that wine is now
far less used by the Orientals than at the time of the "Arabian
Nights," when tobacco had not been introduced. And in respect to
yet more perilous sensual excesses, tobacco is now admitted, both
by friends and foes, to be quite as much a sedative as a stimulant.
The point of objection on the ground of inordinate expense is
doubtless better taken, and can be met only by substantial proof
that the enormous outlay is a wise one. Tobacco may be " the
anodyne of poverty," as somebody has said, but it certainly
promotes poverty. This narcotic lulls to sleep all pecuniary
economy. Every pipe may not, indeed, cost so much as that jewelled
one seen by Dibdin in Vienna, which was valued at a thousand
pounds; or even as the German meerschaum which was passed from
mouth to mouth through a whole regiment of soldiers till it was
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