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Stop pretending to like cheese!

From an unsigned quarter-column (Do Tobacco and Cheese Cause Cancer?) in the Charlottetown Guardian, September 3, 1902:

That cancers of the lips and mouth are caused by excessive smoking is now a fact established by the case of General Grant and others, and it has been intimated that cancer microbes have been found in certain vile-smelling foreign cheeses for which some fashionable people profess to have a great liking. So far as the malady is traceable to causes like these the remedy to be applied is simple and easy, viz., to smoke moderately, if at all, and to let all mouldy and decayed articles of food alone, no matter if gourmets pretend to like them.


It's not really her style, but like to imagine that Mrs. Rachel Lynde was hired to write filler pieces for the Guardian and is making the most of this opportunity to take a bold stance against heathen notions in all their forms. What I like best about this passage is the undisguised disapproval of foreign cheese and the eaters of cheese. I especially enjoy the author's steadfast refusal to believe that anyone could sincerely like such "mouldy and decayed articles" and the implication that anyone who eats such cheese is just doing it to appear sophisticated.

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