Excerpt from A Safer, Saner Fourth of July: With More Patriotism and Less Noise William orr Principal of Central High School, Springfield, Mass. Public opinion is w fully convinced of the folly, abuses, and cost of the prevailing observance of our great national holiday, and is quite ready to support definite and aggressive action for a better Fourth of July. Each year more stringent and severe restrictions are placed on the indiscriminate use of explosives and fireworks. Cleveland, through her Common Council, last July, prohibited all use of cann crackers, blank cartridges, and other explosives. The press of the country supports vigorously all measures aimed at curtailing the hours when fireworks and ise-making devices are used. Each year the Chicago Tribune compiles the roll of dead and wounded as the result of our celebration of the holiday. The totals for the last ten years amount to 508 killed and injured. The Amer ican Medical Association, whose tabulations are made in August, when the results from tetanus are apparent, reports an average of 174 deaths and 4500 wounded each year. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.