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July 11, 1885


JAMA. 1885;V(2):45-46. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.04470010017007

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During the past ten years more than ten thousand People have had reason to regret the manner in which the fourth of July is usually celebrated in America. We might say that more than ten thousand have regretted it, but it is best to be on the safe side; and certainly ten thousand cases are sufficient upon which to base definite conclusions. We do not refer to the patriotic and uninjured citizen who regrets having spent too much money in exuberant rejoicing; doubtless there are many of this class. But we cannot think that the present mode of celebrating the day is looked upon with entire favor by those who have received injuries of various kinds from the many noise-producing agents which are inseparably connected with a celebration in the infantile American mind. These injuries are of two classes: First, direct bodily injuries, such as are produced by the explosion

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