E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
An improvement on the Congreves and Prometheans. Phosphorus was introduced into the paste; but phosphorus made the matches so sensitive that the whole box often ignited, children were killed by sucking the matches, and at Boulogne two soldiers and a woman were poisoned by drinking coffee in which a child had put a lucifer. The manufacture of these matches was also very deleterious, producing jaw disease. (See PROMETHEANS, SAFETY MACTHES.)