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CHEW PAPER AND YOU EAT ARSENIC
OFFICIALS DISCOVER A NEW PERIL
ed in a confession by the girl that
she had been eating paper for two
Her mother had. noted a letter
from an actor who had seen the girl
eating paper and told her to quit as
it contained arsenic. When an effort
was made to make her quit, the girl
ran away. . Since, then -she has been
How Girls Become Arsenic Eaters.
Are you an arsenic eater?
If you have the habit of chewing
up little pieces of white glossed paper,
you are eating the drug. -
The danger of paper eating has
just been disclosed by the public wel
fare commission of Tacoma, Wash.
This commission has power to inves
tigate all things "pertaining to the
public welfare, issue reports and or
der arrests where the- law is being
Public Morals Officer Mrs. Winifred
Covel was called on to arrest a 16-year-old
girl. Shortly after the ar
rest it was found that the girl had
eaten half of a popular magazine. In
vestigation by the. commission result-
broken qf the habit through special
Members of the commission say
that paper eating is common among
stenographers and that many people
nibble the corners of magazines. A
warning of the danger of this habit
has been issued.
"It did Jack no good to marry his
stenographer, for- she continued the
habit of the office in their home."
"How so?" "When he starts to dic
tate she takes him down."
France is to take a census of its
automobiles and motorcycles capable
of being used in war.