Signs of the Times

[Outlook Bulletin, Ocean Park, Santa Monica, Calif.]

Anyone who has returned sound and whole from a vacation in the woods will tremble to think what he escaped, when he buys the new pamphlet issued by the United States Public Health Service, gruesomely entitled "The Safe Vacation." "Sanitary conditions are more important than golf links or ball rooms," warns the little counselor. It also gives a list of bandages, drugs, and other contents of the bathroom medicine cabinet which should be taken along. It even insists that a clinical thermometer and a hot water bottle are the only safe and sane companions to life in the woods.

If you camp out, you must make a trench around your tent, build a wooden floor, screen your cook tent, and then, being exhausted, lie down to pleasant dreams of what a good time you might have had if you were not upon the safe vacation. Upon the safe vacation you carry remedies for bullet wounds, for drowning, for poison ivy, and for chigger bites, and on any and all occasions you send for the doctor. This last is the refrain, the golden thread of harmony, which holds the composition together.

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November 8, 1919

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