This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.
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
FOURTH OF JULY CASUALTIES. JAMA. 1887;IX(2):48. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400010032007
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: