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Presence of Mind.

The “ Scientific American ” quotes, the following short rules given by Professor Wilder for action in the case of For dust in the eyes : Avoid rubbing; dash water into them. Remove cinders, <&c., with the round point of a lead pencil. Remove insects from the ear by .tepid' water, never put a hard instrument into: your ear. If any artery is cut, compress, above the wound; if a vein is cutcompreas below. If choked, get. upon all fours and cough. For light burns, dip the part in cold water, if the skin ia deatroyed cover with varnish. Before passing through smoke, take a full breath, and then stoop low ; but if carbon is suspected walk erect. Suck poisoned wounds unless your mouth is sore ; enlarge the, wound, or better, cut out the part without delay. Hold the wounded pact as long as can be borne to a hot coal, pip end of a cigar. In case of poisoning, excite vomiting by tickling the throat,' or by water or mustard. In cases of opium poisoning, give strong coffee and keep moving. If in the water float on the back, with the nose and mouth projecting. For apoplexy raise the head and body ; for fainting lay the person flat. “Brevity is the soul of wit,” so the professor’s maxims have, at least, the merit of being short, and perhaps many will think that some of them are more easily preached than practised—to wit, floating on your back in water when you cannot swim, and cutting off your finger, or putting into the wound a live coal when you have been bitten by a mad dog!

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Presence of Mind., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 22, 15 November 1879

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Presence of Mind. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 22, 15 November 1879

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