During the First World War a...

During the First World War a dye shortage produced uncertainty as to the fastness of colors in fabrics. Before I left on a buying trip, the chemists of the company in which I worked gave me a prescription for a chemical to use in testing fabrics for color fastness. On my arrival at my destination this prescription was presented to a druggist, who cautioned me to handle it with the utmost care. He insisted that it should be carried in my hand all the way to the buying office, even though it was in a rather small, glass-stoppered bottle.

An occasion to use the chemical did not occur until several days later. In the meantime the bottle had been lying on a window sill, exposed to the hot sunrays at times during the day. When ready to use it, I put a large piece of cloth to be tested under the bottle. The glass stopper at first refused to come out. Eventually it did suddenly come out, and the liquid burst forth in a coarse spray all over my face and into one eye.

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