Kansas City Star, November 1, 1898. Certain segments of rural and small-town America weren’t down with the Halloween program, and among these, quite a few expressed their discontent with shotguns. Thing is, they probably wouldn’t have made the news if they’d troubled to hand-load a few shells with rock salt, which supposedly made for a painful but non-lethal deterrent. The rock salt threat was part of the childhood folklore in the hillbilly town in Nova Scotia where I spent part of my youth—you had to stay away from this farm or that garden patch at night lest you receive a stinging blast of Sifto crystals to your soft-and-tenders. Though according to this guy, the method simply doesn’t work.