Smallpox Epidemic, Part XI

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-01-26 (Smallpox epidemic)FROM VARIOUS POINTS
Come Stories Concerning The
Smallpox Situation

Reports from the State University Ex-
Aggerated, It is Said-Colored
Family’s Troubles.

A dispatch from Bloomington in reference to the smallpox situation there says that two cases of the disease have developed. It is asserted that rumors sent out on Wednesday night concerning the situation were greatly exaggerated. The dispatch says the disease has been traced to a student by the name of Goshorn, who went to Bloomington from Clay City and returned home sick several days ago. The houses where the disease exists have been quarantined, also those who may have come in contact with the sick before the nature of the disease was disclosed. It is said that President Swain, of the university, and the city officials have taken all precautions and there is no excitement either in the university or city and no cause for alarm.

Information came from Bedford last night to the effect that Dr. J. T. Freeland, secretary of the City Board of Health, was summoned yesterday to Maul Ridge, near Springville, eight miles northwest of Bedford, by the report that a man named Chaney was suffering from a disease believed to be smallpox. The case was at first diagnosed by a Fayetteville physician as chicken-pox. Dr. Freeland turned the matter over to the secretary of the County Board of Health for investigation.  The patient is of opinion that he has smallpox.

News from Danville, Hendricks county, says that a case of suspected smallpox near Brownsburg was pronounced chicken-pox by Dr. Hoadley, health officer. The neighbors became aroused and insisted on the State Health officials investigating. This was done yesterday and Dr. Hoadley’s opinion upheld.


A dispatch received from Jeffersonville last night says: “George Mason, a colored man, with his wife and five small children passed through here on their way to Kentucky, has been run out of Washington county for the alleged reason that they were supposed to come from a smallpox neighborhood in Ohio county, Kentucky. Mason says it was reported in the neighborhood that his family had the smallpox and he was ordered to leave. This he refused to do, and the next night a bundle of switches was left at his door with a note, again ordering him to go. On the door was drawn a skull and crossbones. The next night Mason watched, and thinking that he saw some one approaching the house, he fired. The intruder then disappeared. The following night his house was set on fire and burned to the ground. The occupants managed to escape with a part of their furniture. When in Jeffersonville, Mason said that no member of his family had ever suffered from smallpox. His family was in a pitable condition. Negroes are not liked in Washington county and there are not more than half a dozen in its entire confines. Until a few years ago a negro was not permitted to stay in the county more than a few hours.”

“From Various Points,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 26 January 1900, p. 8, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America ( : accessed 6 December 2014).

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