Smallpox Epidemic, Part XLIII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-03-06 (Smallpox epidemic)ANOTHER CASE OF SMALLPOX

Young Woman Stricken at Blooming-
Ton and Now in Quarantine.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., March 5. – A second case of smallpox has developed here. Miss Clara Davis, a student from Bluffton, was taken ill yesterday and on being told she probably had smallpox she took the first train for her home at Bluffton. On her arrival there her brother insisted on her return, and she at once took the train again for Bloomington, going at once to the office of Dr. Rogers, who is secretary of the city Board of Health. As soon as he realized the situation Miss Davis was given a room and is now being carefully nursed at the city’s expense.

It seems that she caught the disease from her room-mate, who had a light case of varioloid, which was contracted from a student named Blything, who had been quarantined several weeks ago, but stole out nights and promenaded with the young woman. All precautions possible are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. But so many have been exposed that quarantine seems impossible. Miss Davis is a relative of Senator Ichorn, a well-known Democratic politician.

“Another Case of Smallpox,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 6 March 1900, p. 3, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America ( : accessed 6 December 2014).


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