Punch,  43 (1862), 79.

Suicide by Crinoline



News-Commentary, Drollery


Accidents, Gender, Reason, Invention, Medical Practitioners, Periodicals

    Begs ladies to digest Edwin Lankester's verdict on a fatal accident in which a woman burnt to death when her crinoline dress caught fire. Observing that 'When Fashion enters the door, Common Sense too generally flies out of the window', hopes that women will take heed of his warnings about 'dangerous crinoline', and endorses Lankester's proposal to broadcast such dangers in the press. Suggests the publication of a 'Deaths through Crinoline' column which, if the cause of death were found to be crinoline, should lead a jury to return a verdict of 'suicide'.

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