American Scene: The 16th Annual Tobacco Spit-Off

To the city dweller, chewing tobacco is that atavistic lump in a baseball player's cheek. In Raleigh, Miss. (pop. 614), site of the National Tobacco Spitting Contest, it is sport and sociology, an art actively practiced and boasted about. Champions are finally selected, as they should be, in a tournament that feeds the folklore for another year. TIME Correspondent Peter Range joined the aficionados for the 16th annual national spit-off and sent this report:

THE local newspaper, the Smith County Reformer, proclaimed it "the highlight of the year"—the opportunity to see old friends, run...

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