Birmingham's Anti-Spitting Law went into effect on June 1, 1899 and read as follows:
"A fine of not less than $1, nor more than $5, will be imposed upon each person convicted of spitting on the sidewalks, in street cars, in public buildings and churches of this city, after June 1, 1899."
The advertisement of the new ordinance was signed by C. W. Austin, Chief of Police.
In response to the new law, Louis Saks had large spittoons placed on the sidewalk outside his clothing store decorated with the slogan "We provide for the Public. Louis Saks, the clothier."
- Wheeler, Willard J. (July 5, 1899) "In Birmingham, Ala." Printer's Ink. Vol. 28, No. 1, p. 16