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WALL PAPERS.

I observe a correspondent of the " Pall Mall Gazette," in a long and very forcible letter, warns the public against the use of wall papers, for this reason -that, as arsenic yields a great variety of brilliant colors, specially a green color, it is much used by the wall paper manufacturers, and that people dwelling 1 in papered rooms | run a danger of injuring their health by breathing an atmosphere in which dust from these wall papers is floating about. The smell produced by this arsenicated paper is a peculiar close smell, rightly described as " fusty," which smell appears te be due to the evolution of arsenicated hydrogen gas. The writer roundly observes, " that our whole system of wall coverings is probably one of the most gigantic errors iv hygiene that has been committed in modern times," Anent this matter, I think the practice common in this colony of lining rooms with polished or varnished boarding is a great improvement on the old paper-hanging practice. This boarding looks handsome, though a brilliant paper might make a room look more showy and gay. The writer to the 'Gazette' only deals with wall paper, but I believe arsenic is occasionally, I don't suppose always, used. in the manufacture of composite candles, for the purpose of hardening the : tallow. Some years since I was living in a friend's house in the country at home for some months, and I recollect when the ; candles were lighted at night we used to experience a sort of dusty or fusty smell, sometimes becoming so strong as to be very disagreeable. We used to. ascribe this to the presence ot arsenic in the composition of the oaudle.

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WALL PAPERS., Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 441, 23 October 1872

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WALL PAPERS. Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 441, 23 October 1872

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