Dr. Almon Brooks, the "well known physician of this city," as the Chicago correspondent to the N. Y. Times calls him, certainly exposes himself to the accusation of great folly, when he proposes to bring a "criminal suit for $50,000 against the professors in charge of the chemical laboratory at Harvard University for injuries received in the laboratory by his son." To undertake to make a crime out of an accident is certainly not wisdom. Dr. Brooks should remember that this experiment, in which his son was so unfortunate, has been tried for years by large classes without any serious disaster; he should remember, too, that warning was given that the experiment was dangerous, and that being so warned, no one should undertake it without the greatest care, without first becoming acquainted with all the minutest details. Was his son thus careful? We have very good reason for thinking that he was not.
Dr. Brooks says that when the accident occurred the professor in charge put his fingers to his lips and said in a perplexed way: "Let's see; what is the antidote for sulphuric acid?" But we are informed on excellent authority that there was no professor in the room at the time, and that the experiment was undertaken out of regular hours, when not even an assistant was in the laboratory. We do not expect that Dr. Brooks will grow rich from a suit, the cause of which is due to his son's carelessness, if to anything at all criminal, and not to any manner of means to the fault of Harvard professors.