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May 21, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(21):1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490660028005

After the smoke and noise of the last celebration had died away and the returns of the annual holocaust were in, The Journal summed up the cost of life and limb as it had not been done before, and published1 the totals with their full and dreadful significance. Since that time we have had many reasons for being glad that we did the work and presented its results, for throughout the country many earnest workers for civic betterment have availed themselves of our figures to use as argument to secure the passage of ordinances directed to the prevention of these mournful features of a day of noise and turmoil. From many states have come newspaper accounts of city councils passing bills directed against the sale of toy pistols, blank cartridges and giant crackers to minors, and quoting the figures that we published last August—406 deaths from lockjaw, 60 from

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