Punch,  41 (1861), 233.

Pretty Poison-Wreaths



News-Commentary, Drollery


Accidents, Adulteration, Narcotics, Manufactories, Industry

    Discusses a recent inquest at which it was revealed that a young woman died accidentally from arsenic to which she was exposed in her employment—the manufacture of artificial flower-leaves. Noting one juror's observation that 'the use of arsenite of copper in artificial flower-making was prohibited in France', cynically adds that this would be 'out of the question' for British manufacturers. Urges that the toxic chemical should be abolished and suggests that one way might be to get 'fast young men' to inspire in their dancing partners a sense for disgust of the poisoned wreaths that they wear.

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