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Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXXVII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-24 (Smallpox epidemic)QUARANTINE IS FARCICAL.
Smallpox Situation Steadily Growing
Worse – Change of Sentiment

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
CLAY CITY, Ind., Feb. 23. – The so-called quarantine for smallpox at this place seems to be a miserable failure in every respect, except in the way of killing business and saddling on the town an enormous debt. Person broken out with the disease get out on the street and mingle with the crowd, and the only action taken so far to prevent a repetition of the act has been to send them home on a promise to be good.

A pesthouse was rigged up several weeks ago, but no person has been required to occupy it yet, thought the quarantine has been violated repeatedly. Many person have been released from quarantine while covered with sores, and permitted to go on the streets and into places of business while in this condition. Persons who do not care to come in contact with the disease have frequently been compelled to go out of their way or retreat from such cases.

It is reported that butter is being brought to market from farmhouses where there are smallpox patients.

All the practicing physicians, except Dr. Wolfe, now agree that the disease is smallpox. There seems to be a much greater per cent of bad cases now than formerly. Public opinion has undergone quite a change since Dr. Hurty first pronounced the disease smallpox. Then he was denounced as an alarmist and a crank. Now almost everybody says he is right and that an “effective” quarantine would be the proper thing. About a dozen houses have been carded within the last week, and unless more stringent measures are resorted to it will be a long time till the disease is stamped out.

“Quarantine Is Farcical,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 24 February 1900, p. 2, col. 5; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XXXIV

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-02-21 (Smallpox epidemic)KEPT FROM THE SCHOOLS
Terre Haute Children Who
Have Not Been Vaccinated.

Two New Smallpox Cases – Troubles of
The Liquor Men – State Politics –
Electric Cars in Collision.

Special to the Indianapolis Journal.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind., Feb. 20. – More than five hundred pupils of the city schools were turned away to-day because they had not been vaccinated or could not furnish a certificate of a successful vaccination within seven years. It is thought that many of these pupils will be vaccinated.

Two new cases of smallpox have been reported. They had been watched by the health authorities for some days as suspicious cases. The fact that they were under surveillance, as also all who had been exposed to them in the preliminary stages of the disease, gives hope that no other case will be reported form the same exposure. There is only one case in the pesthouse now, that of a traveling man named Arthur McDaniels, who was taken from one of the hotels at this own request.

“Kept From The Schools,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 21 February 1900, p. 2, col. 3; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).

Smallpox Epidemic, Part XII

Indianapolis Journal - 1900-01-27 (Smallpox epidemic)WORKS BOARD SESSION
Proposals for a Pesthouse Site-Ques-
tions for Mr. Parry.

The Board of Works received two sealed proposals yesterday from men who have land they want to sell to the city to be used for the pesthouse site. These proposals will not be opened until Monday when there will no doubt be a number of them as the board has advertised for land to be used for that purpose.

A delegation of citizens living in the neighborhood of the City Hospital called on the board to protest against the pesthouse being located at the City Hospital. One of the delegation also asked the removal of the smallpox patient and that no other patients suffering from that disease be taken there. Chairman Fanning said there had been no site selected. City Attorney Kern requested the board to ask D. M. Parry to answer a few questions before he is granted the privilege to string electric wires in the northern part of the city. Mr. Parry petitioned the board for that right, claiming he owned the franchise of the Jenney Electric Motor Company and wanted to supply residents of the North Side with electric lights. Mr. Kern asks that Mr. Parry tell whether any act was ever performed by the Jenney Company, whether the company is a corporation, and, if so, under what statute it was incorporated; when Mr. Parry became the owner and what proceedings were had to transfer the ownership. He further asks where the company maintains an office and what business it is or was engaged in.

“Works Board Session,” The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana), 27 January 1900, p. 3, col. 3-4; digital image, Chronicling America (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ : accessed 6 December 2014).