Letters, Dec. 25, 1939

Saliva

Sirs:

Your come-back to A. C. Whitaker's letter (TIME, Dec. 4) "Saliva is saliva, distilled or not—ED." is the most inept and unsnappy that I can recall. In fact I might say it was positively dumb. What Mr. Whitaker tried to tell you in a nice way was that the moisture that accumulates in musicians' wind instruments was not spit but actual water, and he was right. . . .

Take a piece of toast hot from the toaster tomorrow morning and lay it on a cold plate. When you pick it up you...

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