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THE DANGERS OF HAIRWASH.

A LADY’S TERRIBLE DEATH. Mr Troutbeck held an inquest on July 23 at Westminster with reference to the death of Mrs Fanny Label Simnelson, eged thirty, wJe of Mr Francis Samuelson, of Breckeubrough Hall, Yorkshire, who died at the residence of her fathcr-iu-law, Sir Bernhard Sunuelaon, at. 56 Priuecva Gate, from injuries she Siuliii ed through th-; explosion of a petroleum bait wash. Ua a table in fiont of counsel stood a bottle bearing a label with the inscription :—“ Petroleum Hiirwash. Mast not bo used in rooms which have a fire or light. Emile et Gin, Parfumeurs, 24 Conduit street, Bond street, Loudon, W.” This bottle, the evidence showed, Jiul been found iu the late Mrs Francis Samuelsoa’s room.

Tuomas Edward Bridge, pharmaceutical chemist of Conduit street, said that three, weeks ago ho was called into the hairdresser’s shop to attend to a lady who had been burnt. He ran to the place, and found a lady who was sitting in a chair. She was very much burnt. Her injuries were far too serious for him to deal with, so ho at once sent fora, surgeon. She was crying out that she was in such pain, and begged that someone would put her out of her misery. Ho did not see anything about that he could possibly connect with the accident. Smoke was still hanging about the room. Emile Fuchs slated that he and Emile Kopf eonatiluled the firm of “ Emile et C e.” On June 20 he hoard an explosion in the hick room. Oa rushing in he saw “everything on fire”; he put lady and got his arm singed a little. The lady was in flames from her waist up. Sis partner, Emile Kopf, was on fire, too. The bottle produced was like’ those sold to customers at 7s 6.1. It was called petroleum hairwash. He wis ignorant of its component parts. The label was put on because it “inflamed by light.” He got it from M. Masson, 1 Great Queen street,in tins of about tea or twenty pint', and bottled it in the shop. There were three gas stoves in the back room, which were used for heating curling tongs. These stoves were always put out before any customer’s head was washed with petroleum. The back room was divided into three compartments by means of two screens. Two of the gas stoves had been alight that morning, but be felt sure they had been put out. He never knew the wash to explode “ without light.” He had heard of the somewhat similar accident to Mrs Fitzwilliam, at Monte Carlo; but then ehs had a night light behind .her basin. He had never heard of a French actress being burned to death through the stuff exploding. He . had warned customers that the liquid was dangerous. He had made inquiries about it in Paris, and bad been told it was dangerous “by light.” The wash had been iu use in Paris for the past six or seven years ; he had used it for two years only. Emile Kopf, partner iu the firm of Emile and Co., said that on the 26th of Juno, in the middle of the day, Mrs Samuelson came to the shop to have her hair washed with a petroleum wash. The witness said it was

not necessary, but the deceased desired to have it done, as she said it kept her hair wavy longer. The witness accordingly took her into the saloon and washed her hair with the petroleum preparation. He then placed the empty bottle on a shelf. Sudf deuly there was a loud explosion, and the witness and Mrs Bamuelson were both sot on fire. The witness at once threw cotton dressing gowns round the deceased, and some of the assistants in the shop also helped to put out the flames. Mrs Samuelson’s hair was very thick and long. It was a very hot day and the sun was shining through a skylight in the roof* The witness looked to see if any gas stoves in the saloon were alight when he commenced to wash Mrs Samuelson’s hair and found them all out. A largo number of well-known hairdressers used the petroleum wash, although the witness himself always conceived it somewhat dangerous. He had heard of accidents occurring with the wash when it was used in a room where there was a light or a fire. Everything possible was done to assist Mrs Samuelson, the witness himself being burned in attempting' to extinguish the flames.

The Coroner stated that the inquiry was a most important one, and, counsel on either side and the jury desiring to hear expert evidence in the case, the inquiry was adjourned.

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THE DANGERS OF HAIRWASH., Evening Star, Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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THE DANGERS OF HAIRWASH. Evening Star, Issue 10417, 11 September 1897, Supplement

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