Safe and Sane Celebration

Safe and Sane Celebration

In referring to the old-fashioned noisy and dangerous way of celebrating “The Fourth,” and suggesting more sane and sensible methods, State Fire Marshal H. H. Friedley, of Indiana, says: “Men who have suffered two years on the battlefields of Europe, we venture to believe, will accept as more in keeping with the full meaning of the day the more quiet and peaceful forms of observance. The doctrine that there is no necessary connection between patriotism and the use of fireworks and explosives has been generally accepted in late years, and as a result, the destruction of life and property has greatly decreased.” A method of celebration which not only endangers life, but also tends to increase the huge fire loss of the country, which has made the American record in this respect so disgraceful, can hardly be called truly patriotic.

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