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HEALTHIEST BABIES MOST ENDANGERED BY
BY KENNETH W. PAYNE
New York, July 13. The strong
est children, the healthiest babies,
are the ones most in danger from
the mysterious scourge of infantile
paralysis that is spreading from New
York into every corner of the nation !
Vigorous health seems to be no pro
tection against the disease.
So says Dr. Simon Flexner of the
Rockefeller Institute, world leader in
the study of infantile paralysis and
the first man to identify the germ.
This germ, by the way, is so tiny it
will pass right through the finest por
"The chief terror of the disease
lies in its appalling power to produce
deformities," he declares.
"When death occurs it is not the
result of a process of poisoning that
robs the patient of strength, but is
caused by paralysis of the respira
tory function, sometimes with mer
ciful suddenness, but often with pain
ful slowness, without obscuring the
consciousness of the suffocating vic
tim until just before the end.
"No more terrible tragedy can be
"The bacillus enters the body chief
ly, if not exclusively, through the
nose and throat," Dr. Flexner ex
plains. "Hence the mode of spread
may be by kissing, coughing and
"Since the disease attacks by pref
erence young children and infants
whose nasal and mouth secretions
are wiped away by mother or nurse,
the fingers of these persons readily
"The care of other children by per
sons with contaminated fingers may
therefore lead to the conveying of
the infectious micro-organism indi
rectly from the sick to the healthy."
Rules for Treatment
Following are the methods of
treatment advocated by Dr. Flexner:
isolation of the acutely ill, proper
destruction of contaminated di&
charges (this means receiving nose
discharges on linen cloths, which
should be burned at once), supervis
sion of persons in contact with the
sick and of all vendors of food, ex
clusion of all flies and genera! sani- $
tary control of all families in which
the disease exists.
In many cities mothers are buying
little cubes of gum camphor ofteu
sold by druggists at several times the
true value and hanging them about
the necks of their children. The
camphor is supposed to be a preven
tive. Doctors says you might as well
drape your children with green on
ions, for all the good it would do.
Cleanliness and avoidance of dust
and crowds are the best preventive
measures yet found in New York.
Every infected district should be giv
en a daily scrubbing, say the New
York health authorities, who have
just taken the drastic step of giving
the entire city a daily bath in 5,000,-!
000 gallons of water! v
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Frank Sullivan today announced
his candidacy for the Republican
nomination for. congress from the
8th district, now represented by.
Thomas Gallagher, Democrat Sul
livan made a close run for alderman,
of the 18th ward in 1915. Homer K.
Galpin, county chairman, will sup
port Sullivan, and it is understood
that the Thompson-Lundin faction
will not set up a candidate against
him. Edward Walz will be support
ed by the Sullivan-Galpin organiza
tion for representative from the 27tbJ )
Philadelphia. Whenever moon
changes Mrs. Anna Walsley has an
irrepressible desire to steal. This is
what she told Magistrate McCleary
when arrested for shoplifting. Discharged.