WOMEN: Diner Smoking

To smoke in the dining car was, a decade ago, to invite ejection. This immemorial prohibition the railroads enforced on the pretext that tobacco smoke, as contrasted with coal smoke, was offensive to lady diners. The roads' real reason was that after-dinner smokers would linger over their coffee, slow up service, keep other passengers waiting for seats. Such dalliance would compel the railroads to haul their diners farther than otherwise.

How thoroughly the smoking-for-women trend has swept the country is now demonstrated by the increasing number of big railroads which have...

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