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1 THE OGDEN STANDARD Nii
M ; OGDEN, UTAH, SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 1916. "
I First, a Scout
Germ Lodges in
; Then if You Are
I! Weak and Hos-
pitable an Army
j Quickly Gathers,
1 Just as It Did in
J J the Days of the
: Imperial Caesar.
BACK in the homespun days,
when men used snuff and
chewed tcbacco prodigious
ly and indulged their con
vivial spirits in hard cider,
a brand of humor obtained
that found the ludicrous
in the painful.
If a man fell down a
flight of stairs after step
ping on a banana peel, it
was considered screaming
ly funny. If it was a man's
(). mother-in-law who did the
7 ! fall, It was rich. Jokes In which undertakers
at played prominent parts were the best.
hjLj Sickness, too, wns inherently funny. If a
M man had a bad cold a laugh could always be
8 ! brought from his stricken conversation. Comic
fl artists of the day pictured the influenza victim
fl wrapped in blankets and seated as close to a
grate fire as the law allows, with his feet In a
B tub of steaming water. Beneath the cut would
?, appear hiich lines as: "Sprig the sweed sprig,
V now bloobs every thlg."
'U Slapstick stuff. But, como to think of it,
Jj things aren't much different today. Sickness
of the so-called milder sorts, such as tho grip,
bronchitis, mumps or tho measles, is consld-
j'J I crcd a good deal of a joke.
$ ft You meet Bill Jones on the street. Raw,
!jjl Eloppy day. Street cars creeping along, auto-
r"S mobiles skidding, pedestrians slipping. A raw
M wind zips aiound the corner and you pull Bill
Jones Into a neighboring doorway, or through
a swinging door, and tho two of you freshen
lej up 5 our acquaintance,
'3 A "Joke" on Tom.
H "Rotten weather," you opine.
H "Seen Tom Smith latcy7"
H "Haven't that."
"Where's he keeping himself?" '
S "Tom's sick."
1 "Don't say. "Whassa matter?"
ojl "Grip? Don't say."
C "rep. Went to bed last Tuesday. They say
tjj 'tie's got it bad."
"So Torn'a got the grrlp. That's goodl That's
JW rich! Tom always kids me about being caro
jjfl ful. Ho said ho didn't have to watch out.
H Wouldn't put on his heavies when tho cold
.S fenap came. Wouldn't wear rubbers. Then
Nl I when I had that cold in November you ro-
I member that bad cold I had Tom kidded mo
1 about it. And now he has tho grip. That's
f sure rich. Wait until I sec Tom."
jM Of courso it's barely possible, no, como to
31 think of It, quite possible that he may not seo
rJm Tom. That is, see him alive. Ills next gllnmso
M, of Tom may reveal that grip victim framed in
3 a neat background of black wood and loses.
m with a self-confident, alci t Individual in a black
Mf frock coat hovering In tho background, busy
frS tipping off tho pallbearers how to comport
"jS themselves when tho time comes,
i? "It's a good joke, a fine one on Tom. Let's
1 havo another one. Just wait 'til I seo Tom
111 sure kid him about him having the grip."
; As a matter of cold, sober fact, most per
sona do think that tho gr!i Is a good deal of a
5 ' laughing matter. Painful, no doubt, like hav ng
; a tooth filled. Disagreeable, surely, like paying
E taxes. Inconvenient, very, Hko rising at 5 of a
frosty morning. But dangerous? Who ever
heard of a man dying of tho grip.
Your cocksure friend, who doesn t believe In
doctors, anyway, and thinks we all would bo
i better oft and never ill would we only take an
ice-cold shower on rising In the morning (but
i who never takes this ley horror hlmselO-he,
! the cocksure friend, will tell you that grip Is
child's play the burlesque of dlbeascs. hi.
1 he has had It every winter for the last twenty,
I .;.. . ,. . o chnrt -trousered boy, in
m vur since lie 'a " - ..
I fact, and had to walk ton miles to school evorj
morning, and, perforce, ten miles back In tho
evening. And when ho got a touch of tho grip.
Influenza, thoy called it In those days (or In
fluonzcO his mother would load him full of
quinine pills and give him a scalding, hot bath
and put him to bed.
And tho next morning when he had to got up
he did it. by George. And, furthermore, he
r milked four cows and fed the chicken, and
I then walked that delightful ton miles to school.
-JA Worolc treatment was what did It. People a. o
too soft nowadays, and pay too much attention
$ to little allmorta.
1 The General Does the Hearing.
1 Yes. Perhaps we aro a soft and dcgencrato
0 I ce. No longer can we live on salt poik and
vT ' H mm MHTOTf HMlw rMJMWWWlUM' m WW r n i Ph1 1 1 h V 'MJ la l I m lift tflLllW Iff 1 1 II m mk rl i n '"iWWiW
mustard, or ir you don'uliue salt popk, mus
tard byv itself. .No longer-'ca.n i,we "'hike those
ten miles to school, truly a most-unroyal road
to learning. And no longer can we take Gon.
La Grippe, when he pays us an unwelcome
visit, as most of his visits are, and heave him
unceremoniously out the window.
As a matter of fact It is the general who
docs the heaving. For, homespun philosophers
to the contrary notwithstanding, Gen. La Grlppt
Is a most formidable foe.
Grip a joko? A most grisly one. Recently
Philadelphia had U47 deaths In a week. This
was tho highest death rate in the Quaker City,
for a almlhar period, in the last fifteen ycais.
And of these deaths about ninety were laid
directly to grip; about 170 to pneumonia, ond
about 1U0 to broncho-pneumonia. Of the lost
named '200 deaths physicians say it Is fair :o
assume that Gen. La Grippe can be indicted
for complicity in at least t0 per cent of tho
Grip funny? Very. Chicago Is In- the
clutches of a grip epidemic now that is killing,
its hundreds every week. St. Louis had Its
grip epidemic several weeks ago, and may
have another, and several others, before the
'hot weather sets in. And these cities are not
suffering fiom Isolated cases of attack. It is
a general offensive all along tho eastern and
the western and the northern fronts. The armies
of bacilli ar0 sweeping over the prairies ot
Kansas and tho Dakotas, the fertile farms of
Indiana; tho populous cities of Massachusetts.
Tho invasion Is on. Gen. La Grippe Is waging
war on the United States!
Everybody Has the Grip.
Perhaps tho reason that you and Tom and
Bill Jonc3 think grip Is a joko Is becauao you
havo not realized tho menace of tho disease.
Grip Is so closely allied with a mere bad cold,
both in your mind and In fact, that it cannot
seem dangerous to 3011. Also, your familiarity
with grip breeds contempt. Everybody has tho
grip. These invasions of the general aro fre
quent Besides the epidemic of. our winter of
lDlu-1910 there were severe epidemics In 170M'.
17S2, 17S7, ISOJ, IKW, 1S37, IS 17 and lSia Tho
epidemic of lSU'J-lSOO was, perhaps, tho se
verest. So this Invasion ot tho United States by
Gen. La Grippe Is but periodical, as are all
wars and all tho visitations of trouble that our
human flesh Is heir to. Perhaps that Is what
makes us scornful of 1L
And what is the grip? And how does the
general marshal his forces? And how does
ho attack and whom and when?
Homnns Had It.
To go back a llttlo: Dabblers In the annals
of medicine have tried to track, tho general 10
his lair, to find out his origin. Thoy have bur
lowcd back through tho dusty pages of tlmo
to find that the general still eludes them.
Certain it is that the old Greeks and Romans
jjUffeicd from tho Influenza. Small wonder,
that. What with their baro legs and scant
togas and Insufficient mantles, artistic, doubt
less, but blamed unhealthy, they were a fair
prey to the general. Those centuriond of proud
Romo who speared Huns nonchalantly and
mopped up tho earth with tho Bclgac, suc
cumbed to tho onslaughts of Gen. La Grippe.
It's discouraging to plcturo this, but true
To plcturo Caesar, noble, dignified, haughty,
imperial Caesar, with a bad cold, and, perhaps,
temporarily and unfoi tunatcly, without a pocket
handkerchief, is nothing less than leso majeste.
It must destroy our Illusions of the classic
Athenians to Imagine ono of them wrapped In
blankets and sipping a hot toddy. It's HUt
clothing Appollo Belvedere In a fur-llncd over
coat. Incongruous, basely practical.
Vet, shatter our Illusions aa It will, tho
truth remains that th.e undents had bad colda
and tho grip. Horace, In one of his odes, tells
in a familiar way of having the Influenza.
Various and sundry Roman emperors had It.
And often the cure was worse than tho dis
ease, for tho ancient physicians believed im
plicitly in bleeding, pinned all their faith In It.
And though a patient wore weak enough, un
assisted, to succumb without a struggle to a
husky kitten, the doctor nevertheless would
open a vein and further subtract from his sum
One Time It "Was a Mystery.
Down through the middle ages matched Gen.
La Grippe. Ills coming was clothed by tho
romantic men of tho middle ages with a tinge
of the mysterious. The Italians, In the seven
teenth century, doped It out that the attacks of
the dread disease wero due to peculiar con
formations and airangemcnts of tho stars. The
influence of the heavenly planets was thought
to bo responsible for the grip. Thus the dis
ease came to bo known as the "Influence." or,
in the Italian, the "Influenza."
Gen. La Grippe seems to have started all of
his forced marches from Asia and then, to have
proceeded across Europe in a westerly or
northwesterly direction and Anally into' th
United States by way of Newfoundland. in a,
his marches he has accomplished his grim pur
poseto swell tho death rato enormously. In
some epidemics the dibeuse lins spread through
all of Europe within six weeks. Wherever It
has appeared tho whole community has suf
fered to a greater or less extent, irrespective
of ago or condition of life.
Tho general does not always observe tho pro
fessional courtesies tho niceties due from one
commander to another. Ho Is not gallant. For
at times Gen. La Grippe will turn admiral and'
attack fleets at sea. away from all communica
tion with the land and to such an extent as o
disable them temporarily for service.
This happened In 3.7J32 In the case oT tiio
squndron of Admiral ivcmpcnfelt, which had to
return to England from the coast of France m
consequence of a scvoro epidemic of Influenza
or grip, attacking his crews. At about llio
tame time the squadron or Lord Anson, oft the
coast of Holland, suffeicd extensively fr0m a
similar outbreak. Many Instances of a like
kind have been recorded.
Now what Is tho grip? '
Ask your physician and he will tell you uiat
It is a disease that first attacks th0 mucous
membrane of tho throat and nose.
What docs tho attacking, you want to know.
A gorm, he will tell you. flrst Isolated and de
scribed by PfelfTcr and named by him UaciUus
Influenzae. Pfclffer, your physician will teil
you. laid all the blame at tho door or this germ.
The bacillus had been found In a number of
cases. Circumstantial evidence strong 'evi
dence. Let's Indict bacillus Influenzae.
Germs Dote on Damp Ah.
But ask another physician. He will tell you
that while this jjcim Is found In many cases or
grip, nevertheless there aio often other organ
Isms, parlnors In crime, associated with It In
the work of making the grip patient feel that
life Isn't woilh living. In fact bacillus Influ
enzae jriows muih bettor and docs much bot-
It Is the rush hour and a mass of humanity
Is Jammed Into the seats and packed In tho
aisles. At overy crossing the car stops Jerkily
and, Avalts for a mlnuto while more shivering
humanity climbs In and further packs tho
aisles. The door is closed most of the tlmo
except when It Is opened to admit passengers
and with them a breath of damp, chill air.
Damp, chill air Is what the prlavtcs in tha
ninu of Gen. La Grippe dote on. Damp alrv
Is the best sort of air for them. Into the car
on one of the blasts rides a scout germ and
finds lodgement In your throat. He sticks
around -awhile, eager to take advantage of the
v ?feJ' lVi X.f'.s &ry$E&&&5 SH .Vr-iVi-o. -Cw -
tcr woik,.if ou can call it better work, when
allied with other rufllanly germs.
A thhd doctor may tell you that it is a strep
tococcus that is tho leal inlsqhlef-maker; that
It propnies the ground for the bacillus Influ
enzae and then li. I. comes along and does the
dirty work.' In other woids, streptococcus dlg3
the trenches for Gen. La Grippe and B. I.
brings up tho machine guns and mows down
ydu and mc.
And how docs Gen. La Grippe marshal his
First, cautiously. The general believes in
scouts, plenty of them. So that, some day,
when you aie riding home In a crowded street
car. one of the scouts can grab. you.
slightest hospitality shown him.
More Scouts Join.
If you are out of sorts, mn down, you aro
hospitable. Your "opsonic index" Is low, which
means that your resisting power to disease Is
weakened. In this condition the scout germ
finds you a fine piospcct. He nestles down for
tho season. He or she raises a family.
And then, sovcral days after that mcmorablo
car ride, although perhaps you thought It far
fiom memorable and very stupid at the tlmo.
you note that you feel bad. Your noso and
throat aro sore. Tho bronchial tubes and tho
larynx aro dry and lirltatcd. You have a dry,
iiaiasolng, unproductive cough.
You may go to work that day and In the oS
lice or In the street car be joined by moro
of tho scout germs. There Is quite a merry
llttlo party of you, now. Only, the germs aro '
enjoying It inoro than you arc. And then
when you get homo that night you realize that '
you feel horrible! Movies tonight? Not much. ;
Mo for the II" I old hay. Feel bum I
You climb In and every bone aches separately
and completely. Your fc'er goes up to llKi.
perhaps 10 1 Your chest hurts and when you.
cough, which is frequently, every rib protest.
You have the grip, man' The general haj
marked you for his own. That's how ho mar- !
shals his forces.
It seems logical to presume that this Is pro- '
clsely the sort of weather that Gen. La Grlppo
finds suited to an Invasion. Give him a day or
two of brisk, snappy cold and you balk him.
Give him dry heat and his hosts are turnod ; .-
back. ' L
And now In this winter of 1915-16, while the '
forces of grip aro still rampant In our land, p
physicians and health authorities arc uniting J I,
to icpel the Invasion and put In force such a , n
program of preparedness that futuro Invasions J
will, be made impossible. ; l-
Wounds, "but Seldom Ellis. C
There Is an awfully lot of comfort in this for F
you and for me. It's bad enough to know that !
we and bill Jones and Tom Smith aro pretty 1
likely to get the diseaso at some time during a ,
damp winter, but how much worse would It bo
If means of combating the grip wero Ineffec- (
tual? - '
No, the general may attack vigorously and fc
all along the line, but he doesn't use poisonous 1 I
gas or dum-dum bullets. Ho wounds but ho . I
doesn't often kill. I
This may sound contradictory, when in- it
creased death rates aro recollected,', J3ut it '
must be remembered that Increased 'deaths aro
duo .to the fact that so many .persons get tho
gript Of the inanythat,A got ', lVonly a small ,
percentage die. But.avcnjLhJs JSinall percentage
Is large. In numbers.
Still, you and I don't like to think that we'll ijj
even be wounded. It's so much safer to avoid ;. '
the grip altogether. " 'la
Do to Not by your old-fashioned, home- ; jjg
spun remedies or preventives, but by following ( 'j-
thc rqlcs that doctors who have studied tho j jL
grip's methods find to be best. ' i
Dr. Starkloff, health commissioner of Stw ;
Louis, gives the following rules: ,.r
1. Avoid kissing. (Hard, but sensible. Bo : L
I firm, yield not. Think of tho grip germs when ' L
you are about to grab hor, and weigh them ' i t
well the kiss and the germ. May the best j
man win!) , j I
2. Walk ono mile In the open air twice dallr j '
and you will not only avoid the grip, but will I 5
add ten years to your life as well.
S. Try to avoid riding In crowded cars. ' i 0
1. Avoid large assemblies of people and poor- U
Jy ventilated rooms. 1 I
0. Lca 0 whisky alone, not because It cauae-j
the grip, but because it weakens your resisting
power. ' j j
C. Become a fresh-air fiend. " .1
The Fatal Mistake. ' - ,
Dr. Claienco W. Westerman has a great re- ,1
spect for the grip, not only for its own char- I ,
Jictcrlstlcs, but because it so readily leads to 11
pneumonia, which he considers possibly tha 1
most dangerous of diseases.
Dr. Westerman is a linn believer In fresh ( i '
air, fresh cold air, as a preventive and oven a j ' ;
cure for grip. He says that often a brisk walk it
of a mllo or so on a cold, fiosty morning will J 'j
completely cure one who has been suffering" : j
from a mild attack of grip. !
Dr. Westerman finds that tho disease does ;
not always mark "its vlatlms lightly, but rather 1 I
often lays a heavy hanu on thorn. He has i J
known fiequent cases In which the effects of , t
the grip, general lassitude, weakness, lack of , j
"pep," lasted for fully tin 00 months after tho i j
patient was pronounced cured. I
The Journal of the American Medical Asso-' I
elation has the following to advit-o eoiicornlnc 'J
tho treatment of grip: I
"It Is o'ften dlfllcult to convince the patient !
'that he should exercise special caie In avoiding ' , '
further exposure. A day or two at home, with I I
rest and the usual icmcdics applied to a cold, ' -j
will often be all that Is necessary lor a rapid j
'convalescence. A few days' caro may prevent ; 1
a long Illness. Those more severely afflicted
with fever, chill, aching bones and cough aro '
"jnoro easily parsuaded to remain Indoors.
When there Is maikcd pioslratlon or fevir,
1 est In 'bed should be enforced. Even though
.the Infection Is not severe enough to causa
,nluini. It leaves the body weakened and an
.easier prey to pneumonia, which has been 1.
prevalent during recent months. I
"An thing which makes the patient warm ,
Improves his condition, lie may bo given hot j
malted milk, hot tea or hot lemonade, at moro
,or less frequent intervals. The patient may b
given a hot tub bath and then put Into a warm
bod In a warm room as an efficient means of ;'
making him .comfortable. , Hot-water bags at 1
tho feet and extra coverings to the bed aro j
often needed. f 1
"Whenever the cour&o of the disease Is pro- j
Jonged or rocunencc of symptoms of Infection ,
.ire noted, a painstaking search will often bo J
lewarded by tho discovery of some unsuspected ,;
complication, which may bo lelievcd by appro- ,;
prlato treatment." j
There is some balm in Gllead, then. Just
because Cen. La Grlppo alms an assault nt you ,
It does not necessarily follow that you aio
marked for slaughter.
You may meet the general's attack a dozen j
times and survive them triumphantly. Von j
may heat hack his Invasion, you may cscap j
being touched by him. j
And foiget tho homespun rcraodlc Fight a.
.scientific fight. Arm yourself with a thcr- j
momotcr and have plenty of qulnino Pills In th 1
magazine of your machino gun. For Ccn. La '
Grlppo Is even now Invading the United States
and It's uoSng to be a very pretty tight to tS 1
him out j