November 5- 11, 2017: Issue 336
Collecting Matchboxes: A Great Way To Explore History And Art
Bryant and May's Matches.
MORE ABOUT ' PHOSSY JAW.'' Bryant and May's Matches.
The intelligence that Bryant and May, the big London match-making firm, have been recently fined heavily for not reporting cases of phosphorous poisoning calls to mind once more the terrible lives led by the poor match girls of London. In this instance 11 cases of poisoning were hidden from the authorities, and the poor tortured victims bribed into silence. Unfortunately it pays Bryant and May to pay the fines and continue the poisoning, for the smoker wants his wax vestas, and does not stop to consider the cost to the white slaves who furnish them. Ignorance is responsible for most of the trouble. The general public are unaware of the terrible risks run by the operatives. But as a matter of fact the girls and women directly engaged in the manufacture of ordinary matches are practically certain to become sooner or later victims of a loathsome form of leprosy, known as "phossy jaw,'' phosphor poisoning or necrosis. Most frequently it attacks the jaw— first, the teeth decay and fall out, then, it proceeds to honeycomb the jawbone till it can be taken away in pieces. If the lower jawbone is not surgically removed, the hideous leprosy travels to the upper jaw, and the victim is doomed. The next dread step is a discharging wound under the eye, which soon destroys the sight, and ultimately, after a season of purgatory, kills the poor sufferer. The most appalling feature of the scourge is the loathsome stench, which makes it impossible for any other person to occupy; the same room.
As ' safety' matches are made of red phosphorus, which carries with it no danger from this dread disease, the public have the opportunity of doing a little towards putting a stop to this cruelty by refusing to use wax vestas, 'wait-a-bits,' or any free matches, confining themselves to the harmless 'safties.' Safe to the maker and to the user. MORE ABOUT "PHOSSY JAW." (1898, June 23). The Tocsin (Melbourne, Vic. : 1897 - 1906), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article197530452
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