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powderSan Francisco Chronicle, April 29, 1911. I dare say the incident recounted below would today end in a mistrial and disbarment. Word balloons above read, from left to right, “”He sold it to a ‘dope fiend'”; “No sabbe”; and “Is that morphine?” Knee-slapping narco-jurisprudential high jinks after the jump.powder1powder3Bayard Taylor was a prominent journalist, poet and poofter who sampled “hasheesh” during a sojourn in Damascus and described the experience in the April, 1854, issue of Putnam’s Monthly. powder5

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  1. Oooh, another good word: “alienist”. Google tells me it is an archaic word for psychiatrist.

    Nice touch that his knowledge of toxicology come from being the seventh son of a seventh son and his empirical testing.

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