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You may be familiar with Prohibition and its various supporting organizations, but similar efforts protesting tobacco usage are perhaps not as well-known. However, the anti-tobacco movement had ties to this area, as we found after coming across a certain book in the Indiana Imprints section of the John Martin Smith Collection.
The book, entitled A Smoker’s Vision, or Story of Fumigator’s Journey to the No-Tobacco City, was written by an English author named A. A. Williams, and was published here in Butler, Indiana, by the No-Tobacco League of America.
Perhaps taking a bit of an unusual approach to promoting the anti-tobacco position, A Smoker’s Vision is not simply an informational pamphlet or handout, but is an allegorical story, essentially a parody of The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
The story follows the character of Fumigator, as he leaves his home in the city of Smokedom to seek a new life in the legendary No-Tobacco City. Chapter titles include “Fumigator, the Seer and Moderate,” “The Hill of Resolution,” “The Road Called Duty,” “Sister Ruth and Patience,” and “The No-Tobacco City and Free Will Road.”
The book was likely printed by Higley Press, which was managed by L. H. Higley, the editor and publisher of The No-Tobacco Journal in Butler, which was published from 1918 on through the 1920s as the “official organ of the No-Tobacco League of America.” In addition, Higley was the owner of the Butler Weekly Record from September of 1894 to November 29, 1928.