Science: Stinkmate

Proudly disporting herself in a new dress, hat or fur, many a U. S. lady has lately been distressed to find that the first time she wore it out on a damp day the garment emitted an atrocious odor. The retail merchant to whom she returned the dress, hat or fur has usually been nonplussed. . . . Fearful of losing trade, clothing manufacturers have hushed up the situation which causes this unpleasant phenomenon. Last week in Manhattan the story of cause & cure came to light.

Valerian is a cheesy-smelling sedative prepared from an herb root. Last year chemists compounded...

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