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WHITE LEAD. "White lead" referred to a heavy poisonous carbonate of lead marketed as a powder or as a paste in linseed oil and used especially in paints. In 1880 a group of Dubuque businessmen proposed to establish a white lead factory in the city. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania investors agreed to invest $40,000 if $60,000 could be raised locally. After several months, it became apparent that the money could not be raised, and the project was not advanced.



"Died a Borning," Dubuque Herald, May 12, 1880, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18800512&printsec=frontpage&hl=en