"Bert had entered the fourth grade in midterm and was assigned a seat near me, in the rear near the window. One day the teacher
looked up and saw Bert's jaws moving as if he were chewing gum, a forbidden sin. As was the custom when anyone was caught doing
such a dreadful thing, the teacher picked up her ruler and walked down the aisle, prepared to give the offending student a good swat.
She said, "Bert, spit it out!" and Bert sure did spit it out with a great big splatt! It wasn't chewing gum, but tobacco that he was chewing
and for that he was immediately marched down to the principal's office. That's the last I ever saw of him around Middletown Grammar
From Waldo, Pioneer Aviator, by Waldo Dean Waterman with Jack Carpenter
Arsdalen, Bosch & Co.,., 1988