FIRST AID TO THE DROWNING
(Excerpt from The Shelby Chronicle, Columbiana, Alabama, Nov. 22, 1883)
- Go through his pockets.
- If there are any trees around hang the subject up by the legs to let the water run out. If you are in a city use a lamp-post.
- If the subject be a small man, pummel him with your fists to start the circulation. If he be a large man, give him a shock with a galvanic battery.
- Endeavor to start respiration by blowing in his nostrils with a pair of bellows. If you can’t get a pair take one.
- Pour down his throat a mixture of 4.76 brandy, 2.29 ipecac, 1.07 paregoric, 1.00 ammonia, .88 Winslow soothing syrup. Be careful to get the exact proportions.
- If the above remedies produce no effects, as a last hope sing “Wait till the Clouds Roll By” to him, or read him a funny article from Punch. If he then shows no signs of writhing let him be. He was born to be drowned.
- Go through his pockets again.(New York Life)