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October 17, 1896

THE SMOKE NUISANCE; A FABLE.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(16):871-872. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430940041006

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Abstract

The editor of the Glasgow Sanitary Journal, August, seeks to show in fable that the abolition of smoke nuisances is a possibility. He places his chief reliance upon the developments of science, giving experience the go-by, saying:

One day Experience, Inexperience and the Scientific Mind met at a congress and shook hands. They began talking about the weather.

"What a beautiful morning!" exclaimed Inexperience.

"Wind in the north," said Experience. "It will be rain by evening."

"Then we shall see the rainbow," said the Scientific Mind.

"I wonder," said Inexperience, "when we shall control the weather, like the man in Rasselas."

"Never," said Experience. "The thing is a demonstrated impossibility."

"And yet," gently, as to himself, said the Scientific Mind, "but yesterday I first spoke to the antipodes; but to-day I listened to the stored voices of my dead; but even now, I have seen with these eyes the cast

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