Army & Navy - Don't Spit on the Floor

The subject was appetizing and Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg made the most of it. Did his fellow Senators know, he inquired, that the U.S. Army was going to ask for bids on 1,000 rubber cuspidor mats—which would use up a ton and a half of badly needed rubber? Well, sir, he'd learned precisely that from one of his constituents. His adviser had proposed that "a little drilling of the officers in straight spitting might be a good suggestion."

The unhappy War Department pointed out that the cuspidor mats were to be used in hospitals, had been ordered as a routine refill...

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