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Scripture Improved On.

A gentleman who cannot use tobacco without suffering nausea, and who therefore very naturally concludes that the use of tobacco is a sin, contributes this parody on scripture : —Then shall the kingdom of satan be likened to a grain of tobacco seed ; which, though exceedingly small, being cast into the ground, grew and became a great plant, and spread its limbs rank and broad, so that huge and vile worms found a habitation thereon. And it came to pass, in the course of time, that the sons of men looked upon it, and thought it beautiful to look upon, and much to be desired to make lads look big and manly, so they put forth their hands and did chew thereof: and some it made sick, and others to vomit most filthily. And it further came to pass that those who chewed it became weak and unmanly, and said : “We are enslaved, and cannot cease from chewing it.” And the mouths of all that were enslaved became foul, and they were seized with violent spitting, and they did spit even in the house of the Lord of Hosts, and the saints of the Most High were greatly plagued thereby. And in the course of time it came to pass that others snuffed it, and they were taken suddenly with fits, and they did sneeze, insomuch that their eyes were filled with tears, and they did look exceedingly silly. And yet others cunningly wrought the leaves thereof into rolls, and did set fire to one end thereof, and did look very grave and calf like, and the smoke of their torment ascended for ever and ever. And the cultivation thereof became a great and mighty business in the earth. Merchant men waxed rich by the commerce thereof. And it came to pass that the saints of the Most High defiled themselves with it; even the poor, that could not buy shoes, nor bread, nor books for their little ones, spent their money for it. And the Lord was greatly displeased therewith, and said : Whereof this waste, and why do these little ones lack bread, and shoes, and books ? Turn now your fields into corn and wheat, and put this evil thing from you, and be separate, and defile not yourselves any more, and I will bless you, and cause my face to shine upon you. But with one accord they all exclaimed: We cannot cease from chewing, snuffing, or puffing ; we are slaves. And the Lord was sorely displeased with his people who raised this plant on the Connecticut, and cried ; Repent, or I will come and curse your land with a sore curse. —Ametican Paper.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 291, 12 March 1881

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Scripture Improved On. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 291, 12 March 1881