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firemenAChicago Tribune, June 24, 1897. That is the single greatest headline in the history of journalism. I’m going to start writing poetry just so I can use that as a title for my first collection.

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  1. cocaine is still legal and the the no. 1 local anesthetic of choice in numerous eye surgeries. i’m sure the story is probably correct. don’t believe the authorities… believe the facts.

    • I did not know that. Interesting.

    • The story is no doubt correct, just as laudanum was used to keep babies calm. Since laudanum is tincture of opium, no doubt it did – although you would have to gradually increase the dose.

      Oh, and a little sip of mercury will cure that constipation, too.

      Just because it works doesn’t mean it’s a good idea…

  2. It probably just temporarily numbed their eyeballs.

    • But what about the long-term threat of retinal cancer?

  3. Would a crowd today be saved from panic by a group singing of “America” or any other song? I think they would expect to exit the building next to the fire in an orderly fashion.

    • Anything’s possible when you’re coked up to the eyeballs.


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