June 2, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(22):853-854. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421010031006

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At first blush the connection between a labor strike and the public health and comfort may not seem very obvious. But the coal famine,which has resulted from the widespread disturbances among the miners, has certainly led to a material abatement of the smoke nuisance and its injurious effect upon the health and happiness of several millions of people. The consequent pressure for economy in the use of coal for fuel has taught a great object-lesson in the value of careful stoking, and the consumer has learned that he can get more heat out of a given quantity of coal, if this is so fed to the furnace as to secure its perfect combustion instead of allowing a large percentage of it to pass off through the chimney in unconsumed carbon and gases.

Experts estimate that a smoky chimney indicates a loss of from 10 to 25 per cent. of the

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