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,DOTY DISCHARGEDCHARGES OF IMMORALITY AT
QUARANTINE STATION UPHELD -BY GOV. DIX.
. JNfew Ybrk, Dec 28. Governor.
Djx has demanded the immediate,
resignation of Dr. Alvah HT. Doty,
health officer in charge of the
quarantine station here since
February 28, 1907. ,
The charges against Doty ate
"misconduct, extravagance, dis
honesty, depravity and immoral
ity." In his letter demanding Doty's
resignation, Dix says :
"Immoral and lewd practices
.were indulged in by the orde'tlies
and other servants with emigrant
wjonjen ana gins wnue m quaran
tine, and much of this evidence is
so shocking that it cannot be
"The evidence also shows a
jcondition of squalorand unclean
liness in the rooms where emi
gi;ants are kept that shocks one's
aetfse of decency and makes one
ashamgdCof his country.
" ,"In addition to these outrages,
customs' were nermitted which
seem positively inhurrian. Order-'
lies were pef mmea to carry, me
bodies of dead children from the'
"hospital to the morgue in their
.arms. Whenever this occurred,
he orderly was obliged tb pass
through' open grounds.
"Mothers who had not seen
their sick children in the hospitaf
and did not know their condition,
followed theofderly hysterically
weeping atid wailing" and trying"
to pull off 'the sheet covering to
"ascertain' whether, the body was
-that of their children.
sr "it'appears also the children
were brought to the islahd, popu
lated ia the main by people who
had "been exposed to yellow fever,
or plague, or smallpox, or chol
era, or other contagious diseases,
either for medical treatment or
teniporary detention, "exposing
the iives of these innocent chil
dren to the dangers of contamina
tion, n t .
"It is charged, and admitted by
you, that you received liquors,
chains and other articles from in
coming ships whiehyou were to
.inspect. The acceptance of gifts
'tinder such circumstances, while .
not necessarily dishonest, is so
manifestly improper as tof call for
"There has been the grossest
failure undef you either to estab
lish or to maintain the teal quarj
antine which the law artd the wel
fare of this .country demands at
theiport of New York, and it has
been only providential that chol
era and other dreadful infectious
diseases did not gain a foothold
in this country."
" DrD6ty is a Republican. He
says the charges were brolighti
against him for political reasons.
He did nbt'apeaf personally be
fore the governor to answer the
charges. Goyerrtor Dix says
that he did hdt do soHbecause "the
charges are unanswerable.
Whd were the Twenty Small
est Men? Tom Thumb. Dr.
Cook, Judas, Balling--oh well,
you'll find it right easy,vo get up
a list yoiirself ! -