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June 11, 1910


JAMA. 1910;LIV(24):1947. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550500033017

We await the returns from the coming Fourth-of-July casualty list with interest, but with only a moderate amount of optimism. After seven years' experience in the compilation of the statistics of this day of wanton bloodshed and slaughter, we have passed through the stage of righteous indignation and are resigned to doing our best, in the hope that some day the indignation that we have felt will become transmuted into public opinion that will lead to the long-urged reforms. There are not wanting signs that the awakening is coming. The public press, which has always taken an active part in the campaign, seems to recount more instances than in previous years of communities where something is being actually accomplished in the way of prevention. In many cities and towns citizens' committees or other organizations have secured reforms or prohibition of the sale of dangerous explosives, while in many places there

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