National Affairs: Poison

A coincidence created a controversy. As everyone knows, a certain amount of spirited celebration goes on between Christmas and New Year's Day. In New York City alone, 46 deaths due to alcoholism were reported during the holidays this year; a proportionate number of deaths occurred throughout the land; the alcoholic wards of hospitals were full. Then on Jan. 1, the new Government formula for denaturing industrial ethyl alcohol went into effect. It doubles the amount of poison which manufacturers are required to use.* The old argument of whether or not the Government...

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