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Front page July 17, 1915: Did midwife give newborn too much heroin?

Among the local news on the day's front page:

"Determining if child died from heroin"

"City Chemist Herbert M. Hill is making an analysis of the vital organs of Frank Dwynski, four days old, who died recently after being given a dose of soothing syrup, for the purpose of ascertaining whether the child died of heroin poisoning."

Soothing syrup, the article later says, "contained one-twentieth of a grain of heroin to the ounce."

That might not have been all that was in the bottle. According to an article published Aug. 30, 1910, by the New York Times:

"It has been generally known by doctors, though not by any considerable number of the public or parents, that the so-called baby syrups, soothing syrups, 'colic cures,' children's anodynes, 'infant's friends,' and teething concoctions contain pernicious habit-forming drugs. An investigation recently conducted by Chief L. F. Kebler of the Division of Drugs in the Bureau of Chemisty at Washington has revealed the fact that morphin sulphate, chloroform, morphin hydrochlorid, codein, heroin, powdered opium, cannabis indica, and combinations of these dangerous 'soothers' supply the active principle in nearly all the soothing syrups sold."

Read more about one common variety of soothing syrup here.

"Six viaducts may collapse, mayor hears"

"Buffalo has six viaducts which may collapse with any unusual strain and cause a calamity equal to the pumphouse collapse, says a letter received this morning by Mayor Louise P. Fuhrman from RObert J. Reidpath & Son, engineers engaged by the city to investigated viaduct conditions.

"These viaducts are in Michigan street, Chicago street, Louisiana street, two in Seneca street, and one in Babcock street. Regulation of traffic so that at no time more than one wagon carrying more than two tons will be on by the engineers and on the [illegible] street viaduct over the Pennsylvania tracks. The traffic will be limited to pedestrians if the suggestions are adopted by the department of public works."

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July 17 1915

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