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Puerto Rico Epidemic and “Devil’s Grippe's” Out | break Lead to Queries. BY THOMAS R. HENRY. Is there a prospect of a coming “flu Winter”? The Public Health Service Is begin ning to get inquiries from health of ficers seeking the basis of an opinion which evidently is becoming wide spread among private practitioners all over the country that the stage is I set for another outbreak of influenza with cold weather. The case as it stands is: During August and early September there was a rather widespread in flucnza epidemic in Puerto Rico. During the past month along the Atlantic Seaboard, and especially in Virginia and North Carolina, there has been an epidemic of a curious malady known as "Devil’s grippe,” an Intestinal malady regarded as closely related to. If not identical with, the | dreaded influenza. Dormant for Four Years. The influenza virus has been dor mant tor the past four years and some believe that it is about time for it to wake up again. There is no basis for making any positive predictions from these facts, Public Health Service officials claim. The most serious is the Puerto Rico epidemic, which has included several thousand cases, although there has been no increase in the island's death rate and apparently the cases have been without serious after effects— the most serious part of a flu epidemic. The history of past influenza out breaks. however, has been that they atart from some such focus and arc confined at first in fairly restricted areas, from which they break along the path of least resistance. The last major epidemic was that of 1928. Cases were being reported from Hawaii at least a month before the disease appeared on the Pacific Coast, from which it made rapid progress across the country. If the Puerto Rico epidemic spreads it would be expected to follow one of two courses ■—to the coast of Florida and up the Atlantic coastline, or through the Panama Canal Zone to the West Coast. The greatest anxiety appears to be felt in California, which has ex perienced a serious epidemic of poly omyelitis or infantile paralysis, this Bummer. Little Known of Malady. The "Devil’s grippe” relationship to Influenza is largely conjectural and very little is known about this ob scure malady. It is not one of the reportable diseases. The fact that there has been an epidemic of it is known to the Public Health Service only through inquiries from newspa pers. reports of visitors to the Wash ington office from affected areas, and possibly exaggerated reports current among private practitioners. It Is said that an epidemic of this malady has preceded each of the past great influenza waves, but there is no sta tistical evidence to prove this. The disease, in fact, has been known to medical science for only about 20 years. Devil’s grippe may be a Summer form of influenza itself. It is so re garded by many physicians. An at tack Is seldom fatal or followed by complications, although It may leave the victim in a weakened condition and hence more easily subject to other infections. It Is one of the many Alterable virus diseases. Influenza it self is another. It never has been possible to isolate the virus. The two may be the same, or they may differ enough to be classified as separate maladies. Since the great inuenza epidemics of war time, medical laboratories the world over have worked intensively on the problem of the origin and means of prevention of the disease, but act ually very little progress has been made. Because erf the general feeling among doctors that an epidemic is likely this Winter, whether supported by reliable evidence or not, it is ex pected that an especially sharp watch will be kept out for it everywhere. Tend to Lose Violence. Nothing can be predicted. Public Health Sendee officials claim, as to the seriousness of such an epidemic. If it does come. The history of the Alterable virus diseases, however, has been that they tend to lose virulence with each succeeding crest until they apparently disappear almost com pletely and may remain dormant for many years before there Is another major outbreak. Thus the 1928 epi demic was much less serious than those of the war years and, If the rule holds, the next one will be less serious still. There has been some conten tion, however, that the very high mortality of the first wave In both America and Europe may have been due in part to the concentration of populations In army camps and war Industries and the possibly unsatis factory nutrition among the civilian population. The latter condition might be expected to play a part this year. Up to the present, reports to the Public Health Service from all over the country shows, there has been no unusual Incidence of influenza other than the ordinary Autumn rise in the United States. The relatively iso Off to School YUGOSLAVIA PRINCE TO STUDY IN ENGLAND. # PETER, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia, en tering his London hotel the day after his arrival in England. The 11-year-old prince will attend a preparatory school in Surrey. —A. P. Photo. I Methodist Episcopal Society to Hold Session Here October 17-21. The appointment of a local com mittee to make arrangements for de tails of the annual general executive meeting of the Woman's Foreign Mis sionary Society of the Methodist Epis copal Church, to be held here October 17 to 31, has been announced by Mrs. Carl F. New of Baltimore, general chairman. Headquarters for the meeting will be at the Roosevelt Hotel. Sessions wiU be at the Foundry Methodist Episcopal Church. Sixteenth and P streets. Several hundred delegates, representing every State In the Union, and guests will attend the gathering, to be addressed by outstanding church leaden and missionaries representing 19 foreign countries. Members of the local committee in clude Mrs. H. A. Havens, chairman of the Hospitality Committee; Mrs. H. B. Moulton, Information; Mrs. Fred erick B. Harris, Teas; Mrs. Clarence Kitchen, Automobiles; Mrs. W. C. Reed, Trains; Mrs. Leo Paulger, Church Arrangements; Mrs. Joy E. Morgan, White House Reception; Mrs. W. S. Dewhirst, Registration; I Mrs. J. C. Dort, Courtesies, and Mrs. Thomas J. Gattis, Publicity. A week before the meeting a special session will be held for the national officers and the home and foreign secretaries. A feature of the convention will be the junior rally to be held Saturday, October 30, with approximately 1,000 children taking part. At this time 75 missionaries, in native costumes, will be present. BLIND MAN GAS VICTIM Wallace Conley Recovering After Being Found Unconscious. Wallace Conley, 37, was reported recovering last night in Gallinger Hospital, after being found overcome by gas In a house In the 700 block of Seventh street yesterday. Police believe Conley, who Is blind, may have stumbled into a stove in the room, accidentally turning on the gas. He was found by several per sons living in the house who went to investigate after smelling gas. He was revived by the fire rescue squad before being taken to the hospital. lated position of Puerto Rico may serve to restrain the virus to that island. At any rate, public health officials claim, the fear of a coming epidemic is based on a "hunch” of doctors rather than on any tangible basis of prediction, and about all that can be urged is that the American people face the coming Winter with as much reserve of vitality as possible. A Brand-New TWO-TUB WASHER AND DRYER The best opportunity that Jordan’s have offered. A two tub washer for the small sum of $28.00. Ladies, this is your opportunity. No worries about getting your fingers caught or having buttons tom off your clothes with this two-tub dryer type washer. $1 Weekly Buys Lowest Price in History 2JJ0ROSE SHOW ENTRIES EXPECTED Annual Potomac Exhibition Will Be Held Friday and Saturday. The second annual Potomac rose snow, to be held next Friday and Saturday hi the new National Museum, Is expected to attract more than 2.000 entries from the District, Virginia and Maryland, according to Dr. J. A. Gamble, chairman of the Exhibit Committee. The show will be open to the public Friday at 3 p.m. Silver vases, medals. Jewelry and flowers will be awarded winners. A silver rose vase, provided by the Florists’ Club of Baltimore, will be presented to the amateur having the most meritorious exhibit of radiance roses in singles, vases and baskets. The vase is given in honor of the late John Cook, who originated the pink radiance rose. A rumrill rose vase will be awarded the amateur hav l , ing the most meritorious exhibit of red radiance roses. The Evening Star silver vase will be awarded to the garden club making the most meritorious exhibit of out door roses in singles, vases and baskets. A watch, given by the Kay Jewelry Co., will go to the amateur having the most meritorious exhibit of outdoor roses in singles, vases and baskets. The roses will be judged Friday by R. Marion Hatton, West Grove, Pa.; Dr. T. Allen Kirk, Roanoke, Va.; D. Hamilton. Baltimore. Md.; B. Y. Mor rison, Washington, D. C.; Mrs. L. P. Tayloe, Vienna, Va., and Mrs. Snowden Wright, Baltimore. -• KENNETH ROMNEY ILL House Sergeant at Arms Suffers Recurrence of Dysentery. Kenneth Romney, sr.. sergeant at arms of the House, was taken to Naval Hospital yesterday suffering from an attack of amoebic dysentery. His illness is a recurrence of an ailment contracted in Chicago in 1933 while serving with the McKeown subcom mittee of the Judiciary Committee investigating the Federal judiciary in that city. He will remain in the hospital two or three weeks. BOYS’ CLUBS TO LAUNCH WINTER REGISTRATION Enrollment In Two Organizations Is Open to Any in City From 8 to 18. Both the Boys’ Club of Washington, at 230 C street, and the Northeast Boys' Club, at 1663 Kraemer street northeast, will launch their Fall and Winter registration tomorrow. All members are required to sign up again for the coming year. Both clubs have been closed under going renovation, in preparation for Fall and Winter programs. The reg istration Is open to any boy In the city from 8 to IS years of age. A registration of approximately 1,300 is expected by the Boys' Club of SCHOOL DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN! Why not rent that vacant room of yours to a student? Young men and women from all over the country come to Washington to study various subjects because of the Library of Congress, Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and other places of educational benefit located in this city. There are undoubtedly a number of these young people looking for a nice, comfortable room such as you have to offer. An advertisement in The Star under "Rooms for Rent’’ is the best way to reach them as it will be placed before 120,000 people, including many students. The cost is as low as 60c -for one insertion for 3 lines or less. Washington, while the Georgetown Branch la expected to enroll another 100. The Northeast Boys’ Club has a membership of about 400 and Is ex pecting additional enrollments. Costa Klca exported nearly 30, DOO.OOO pounds of coffee last season. Water Piped on Sea Bed. A pipe line to carry fresh water has recently been laid under salty sea in the harbor of Auckland, New Zealand. 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