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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 20, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 7

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Exposed to contagious diseases
through a sojourn in the pest house
is the price Mathilde Mulson, a ste
nographer, had to pay because of her
vanity and modesty and the arbitrary
ruling of the Board of Health.
Mathilde had lived for almost a
year in the Young Women's Christian
Association, 830 Michigan avenue. On
the 25th of May Margaret Stone, an
other boarder, was discovered to have
smallpox and taken to the Isolation
Hospital, but so quietly was this done
that the other girls did not believe
Miss Stone had been ill.
However, they did discuss vaccina
tion, and, wliile many of them, includ
ing Mathilde, had the same deep-rooted
prejudice against vaccination that
many of the profession have, they
discussed its disfiguring effects more
than their objection to it
These discussions were carried on
so largely that Mathilde began to
have a wholesome fear of scars on
her arm and selected a place for the
vaccination, if she had to yield to it,
where it "wouldn't show."
The following Wednesday Dr. H. A.
Norden of the Health Department
called upon Mathilde at the office
where she was temporarily employed
and informed her that vaccination
was compulsory under a court ruling
that it could be enforced on anyone
exposed to smallpox.
Mathilde did not like Norden and
decided she would have the vaccina
tion done by some other physician,
and she says Norden told her it would
be all right if she got a certificate,
so she went to Dr. Noble M. Eberhart,
was vaccinated and got the certifi
cate. The next day Norden called with an
officer at the Y. W. C. A. and told the
officer Mathilde had resisted vaccina
tion, but Mathilde produced the cer
tificate. Norden asked to examine the
vaccination and Mathilde refused.
.Then Norden told her she would have
to get another certificate in about
five days showing that the vaccina
tion had "taken" which Mathilde
agreed to do.
Three days later, however, another
physician from the health department
called and demanded to see the vacci
nation. Mathilde again refused and
agreed to show it to Mrs. Clark, the
superintendent of the Y. W. C. A.
This was not satisfactory and Ma
thilde found herself quarantined the
next morning.
However, Mathilde was out of work
and out of funds, and as she knew
she had been vaccinated, she decided
to go out hunting a job anyway. Nor-
den came upon her after she had left
her room and was indignant. He told
her she would have one more chance
to show the vaccination. She said she
was willing to go to Dr. Eberhart and
have him give the certificate required
or revaccinate her. V
Norden rejected this and she was
sent back to her room and remained
isolated until late in the afternoon
when another young doctor this one
from the Isolation Hospital, called
and demanded, to see the vaccination.
Again Mathilde refused and so she
was taken out to the Isolation Hos
pital under protest. Here she showed
a nurse the hidden spot and it was
found not to have "taken" so she was
vaccinated again the next morning
this time on the arm and kept several
days to be revaccinated when that
didn't take and kept some more days
until it was found the third vaccina
tion hadn't taken and then she was
set free, minus funds.
The Y. W. C. A. permitted her to
sleep in isolated grandeur in the gym
nasium for five nights while she hunt
ed work and then she had to leave
there and was helped by the German
Aid Society.
With two disfiguring marks on her
arm and one where it wouldn't show,
Mathilde was more than ever opposed

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