Clipped From The Washington Post
Good - Lives of Children Ruined. "I could not venture ah opinion on yearly number of little children whose lives are ruined by the use of caffeine and other 'dopes' which are hidden in soda water glasses. The number is frightful. The same is true of grown-up folks. Of course their systems are cal- 'culated to withstand the ravages of these insidious 'dopes' better than children. "At the rate' silly parents are allowing children to ruin Â«thelr nervous systems and stomachs by drinking the dregs of dirty, insanitary, filthy drug store soda fountains, I am inclined to believe that the next generation will find that we have' developed a race of nervous "wrecks. Many mothers would lift their hands in holy horror if their little girls or boys should walk into their homes puffing cigarettes, but still they will lead them to soda fountains and allow them to fill themselves with all sorts of stuff that has just as bad effect on their systems. "Children should not be allowed to touch anything that tends to. excite the nervous, system, : whether it is coffee caffeine, or any. of the other, drugs are passed out so freely. "It's rather a hard matter to point the soda water fountain where you will get a habit-producing drug or where will get pure soda water- I kno.w of number of stores where scrupulous proprietors sell only pure soda water. I know of many others where they will anything that will help fill their coffers. Find the Honest Man. "The only thing to do is to find out which man sells pure soda water and then stay away from the other shops. This Is-not a hard job for any one has much respect for his nerves and internal organs. "The matter Is In the hands of the health officer of every city. While there may be no specific legislation regarding I soda water, there is broad legislation j erywhere guarding the physical well-being of the people who constitute .the community, and under such laws there no reason, in my mind, why a druggist or a soda water fountain man should be made to show exactly the Â· sort of goods he is offering to the people. This rule should apply as well in Washington or any other great city as it would In town In the West, and it should apply well in a town In the West or the as it does in Washington; for where is an inclination to crookedness, environment has little to do with tht guiding of It."