26 MARCH 1927, Page 18


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] SIR,—John Wesley once said to his preachers : " I have no more right-to object to a man. for holding a different opinien from my own than I have to differ with a man because he wears a wig and I wear my own hair, though I have a right to object if he shakes the powder about my. eyes."

Many of us non-smokers have no quarrel with those who think differently from us on the question of smoking, but we have a right to object when they cause us discomfort by puffing away -in the non-smoking compartments of railway carriages or in _public rooms where food is being served. Whether they do this through thoughtlessness or in cen- tenoptuous disregard of other people's feelings, the action is