[Sca-cooks] "Child Safing"

Barbara Benson voxeight at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 07:05:00 PDT 2008

Master A> On a marginally related note, I remember always being mystified by the
> claims that such-and-such-a-child or woman in some historical setting died
> after "falling into the fire". But add things like corsets on the victims
> and thermal updrafts in a large fireplace, not to mention smoke and carbon
> monoxide, and it starts to seem like a more viable concept.

I was always curious about the "death after falling down the stairs"
happening with an absurd level of frequency until I was on Savannah's
River Street. The "Flights" of stone stairs to descend to the River
Level are insanely steep, the stairs are very shallow and the risers
are very, very tall.

Imagining the "Southern Belle" with her hoop skirt trying to descend
makes the snapped neck all the more realistic.

Serena da Riva

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