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January 15, 2009

Presidents and poison kisses: an inaugural story


At the conclusion of the address he turned to the chief justice and bowing to him said: "I am now ready to take the oath prescribed by law." As the chief justice arose to administer the oath, the vast assemblage cheered again and again. The crowd preserved perfect quiet while the impressive ceremony was taking place. After the oath was administered the throng crowded around from the platform and offered congratulations.


Also on the front page in Oshkosh was a report written by a physician at a medical conference:


Lives are daily sacrificed and diseases are daily communicated by the promiscuous habit of kissing. As a custom it should be abandoned among women in their greetings. ... In the sacred precincts of the fireside, when death has laid its relentless hands on one of its members, the common practice of kissing is liable to induce septicemia, and thus other precious lives be exposed to the venomous sting of death.


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