Science: Maligned Gas

Manufacturers of artificial refrigerators were distressed last fortnight by a report that two persons in Danbury, Conn., had been asphyxiated by "methyl chlorine" escaping from an artificial refrigerator (TiME, Oct. 25). They were distressed because:

1) Methyl chloride ("methyl chlorine" was a misprint) is a wholly safe refrigerant as proved by long experiment in U. S. laboratories and by 25 years' use in the French Navy.

2) Subsequent intelligence from Danbury, last week, showed that the gas which had escaped (and which may not have been the whole cause of the fatalities) was not...

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