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SEVERAL DISTRESSING ACCIDENTS…

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SEVERAL DISTRESSING ACCIDENTS FROM THE COMMON LUCIFER MATCH. A very terrible accident occurred a week or two ago at Marseilles to a young br^de only eighteen years of age. She had only been married in the morning, and in the evening, with the high spirits befitting the occasion, she was tripping about with new friends at their country house, when her foot came in contact with a common lucifer match. Soon her muslin dress was in flames, and the unfortunate young lady was so dreadfully burned that she afterwards died. Another melancholy occurrence took place at Aisne Asylum in France, by which six lives were sacrificed through using lucifer matches. A few months ago some little children stole a box of lucifer matches from a shepherd's hut, and amused themselves by setting fire to a stack of barley at the Sounds Farm, occupied by Mr. Philip Kent, of Chippenham, Newmarket. The buildings were quickly levelled to the ground, and 400 combs of corn and a great many valuable implements were destroyed. Again, the terrible effect produced by the poisonous nature of the compounds in the common lucifer match was exhibited in the case of two children of Mrs. Staller, Ely-place, Stepney, who died from the effects of phosphorus taken into the system. It appears that the children, who were six years and nine months old, got possession of some lucifer matches in the absence of their mother and sucked the phosphorus off the ends. On the return of the mother they were at once put under medical treatment, but as already mentioned without effect. Houses, warehouses, and buildings of all kinds are constantly being consumed by the negligent use of com- mon matches, all of which might have been avoided by using Messrs. Bryant and May's Safety Matches," which contain neither phosphorus nor sulphur, and ignite only on the prepared surface of the box, thus affording to life and property the most effectual pro- tection from fire; at the same time they emit no un- pleasant odour, and have no poisonous compounds connected with them. The public owe a considerable amount of gratitude to Messrs. Bryant and May for the introduction of these useful matches and it is hoped that every in- dividual who values his life or his property will pay due attention to the risks of the common matches over those of the patent safety." Messrs. Bryant and May have brought out latterly an additional improvement in the shape of a patent "match holder," to be used in bed-rooms, kitchens nurseries, &c. &c. This little box contains a supply of prepared friction surface sufficient to last two years -the price being very inconsiderable. «

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