Frost's laws and by-laws of American society
Author: Sarah Annie Frost
Frost's Laws and By-Laws of American Society A condensed but thorough treatise on etiquette and its usages in America, containing plain and reliable directions for deportment in every situation in life was written by Sarah Annie Frost. In 1869Some of the entries read as follows. "It is a breach of etiquette when making a call, to play with any ornament in the room, finger the furniture or seem indeed to be aware of anything but the company present. To prolong a call to the next meal time is a positive rudeness, as it forces your hostess to invite you to the table whether convenient and agreeable or not." "One may smoke in a railway-carriage, in spite of by-laws, if one has first obtained the consent of every one present; but if there be a lady there, though she give her consent, smoke not. In nine cases out of ten, she will give it from good nature. In America, cars are especially provided for smokers, and no gentleman will violate etiquette by smoking in any other. "One must never smoke in a close carriage; one may ask and obtain leave to smoke, when returning from a pic-nic or expedition, in an open carriage. And "One must never smoke in a theatre, on a race-course, nor in church. This last is not, perhaps, a needless caution."