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July 9, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(2):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400010032007

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As has been pertinently remarked, it is probable more people have been killed and maimed on July 4 since the establishment of this country's independence than were hurt by the British forces which attempted to shut off the present noisy celebrations. And were Cornwallis and Burgoyne living to-day they might consider themselves amply revenged. It cannot be doubted that the country would be better off if fire-works and instruments of pyrotechnic patriotism could share the fate of the tea in Boston Harbor.

The "celebration" casualties thus far reported in this city amount to almost fifty, some fatal and many serious. The greater number are pistol shot wounds and injuries to eyes from explosions. Besides these there were almost thirty fires caused by carelessness with explosives. It seems that the American public might find some less dangerous method of manifesting its exuberant patriotic feelings, and surely it is within the province

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