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Official Health Bullelin On
Washington, D. C.—(Special.)—Al
though King Alfonso of Spain was
of the victims of the Influenza epi
demic in 1803 and again this summer,
Spanish authorities repudiate any
claim to influenza as a "Spanish" dis
ease. If the people of this country do
not take care the epidemic will be
so widespread throughout the
United States that soon we shall hear
the disease called "American" influ
In response to a request for definite
information concerning Spanish influ
enza, Surgeon General Rupert Blue of
the U. S. Public Health Service has
authorized the following ofBcial Inter
view :
What la Spanish Influenza? Is It
something new? Does It come from
"The disease now occurring la-this
country and called 'Spanish Influen
za' resembles a very contagious kind
of 'cold,' accompanied by fever, pains
Coughs and Sneezes
Spread Diseases
, 4/1
Aa Dangerous as foison Gas Shells
In the head, eyes, ears, back or other
parts of the body and a feeling of se
vere sickness. In most of the cases tlie
symptoms disappear after three or four
days, the patient then rapidly recover
ing. Some of the patients, however,
develop pneumonia, or Inflammation
of the ear, or meningitis, and many of
these complicated cases die. Whether
this so-called 'Spanish' Influenza Is
Identical with the epidemics of Influen
za of earlier years is not yet known.
"Epidemics of Influenza have visited
this country since 1647. It is Interest
ing to know that this first epidemic
was brought here from Valencia,
Spain. Since that time there have
been numerous epidemics of the dis
ease. In 1889 and 1890 an epidemic
of influenza, starting somewhere In the
Orient, spread first to Russia and
<hence over practically the entire civ
ilized world. Three y.ears later there
was another flare-up of the disease.
Both times the epidemic spread wide
ly over the United States.
"Although the present epidemic Is
called 'Spanish Influenza,' there Is no
reason to believe that It originated In
Spain. Some writers who have studied
the question believe that the epidemic
came from the Orient and they call at
tention to the fact that the Germans
mention the disease as occurring along
tlie eastern front In the summer and
fall of 1917."
How can ''8panlsh Influenza" bo rec
"There Is as yet no certain way In
which a single case of 'Spanish Influ
enza' can be recognized. On the oth
er hand, recognition Is easy where
there |g a group of cases. In contrast
to the outbreaks of ordinary coughs
and colds, which usually occur In the
cold mouths, epidemics of Influenza
.may occur at any season of the year.
;TTius the present epidemic raged most
.Intensely In Europe in May, June and
July. Moreover, in the case of ordi
nary eolds, the general symptoms
(fever, pain, depression) are by no
^nouns as severe or as sudden in their
onset as they are in influenza. Final
ly. ordinary colds do not spread
through the community so rapidly or
so extensively as does Influenza.
"In most cases a person taken sick
"'Ith Influenza feels sick rather sud
denly. He feels weak, has pains In the
*yea, ears, head or back, and may be
sore all over. Many patients fee';
dizzy, some vomit. Most of the pa
rents complain of feeling chilly, and
"dth this comes a ftver in which the
temperature rise* to 100 to 104. In
most cases the pulso rerneins relative
ly slow.
"In appearance one is struck by the
fact that the patient looks sick. His
eyes and the inner side of his eyelids
may be slightly 'bloodshot,' or 'con
gested,' as the doctors say.
may be running l'rom the nose,
(here mny be some cough. Thefe signs
_ :i
of a cold may r C ( t o marked • nefer
the Enlkm locks tied fu-laury
"In addition to the
the symptoms
•Ml'ci.ranee and
ns already dosirlbcd
examination of the patient's I k od nay
aid the physician In recognizing 'Span
ieh Influenza,' for it has been found
that In this disease tlie number of
white corpuscles shows little or no In
crease above the normal. It Is possi
ble that the laboratory investigations
now being mnde through tlie National
Research Council
nrtd the United
Htntes Hygienic Laboratory will fur
nish a more certain way in which indi
vidual cases of this disease can be
What is the course of the diseace?
Do people die of it7
"Ordinarily, the fever lasts from
three to four days aniVthe patient
But while the proportion of
deaths in the present epidemic has
generally been low, in some places tlie
outbreak has been severe and deaths
have been numerous. When death oc
curs it is usually the result of a com
What causes the disease and how Is
It spread?
"Bacteriologists who have studied In
fluenza epidemics In the past have
found In many of the cases a very
Small rod-shaped germ called, after its
discoverer, Pfeiffer's bacillus. In other
cases of apparently the same kind of
disease there were found pneumococci,
the germs of lobar pneumonia. Still
others have been caused by strepto
cocci, and by others germs with long
"No matter what particular kind of
germ causes the epidemic, it is now
believed that influenza is always
spread from person to person, the
germs being carried with the air along
with the very small droplets of mucus,
expelled by coughing or sneezing,
forceful talking, and the like by one
who already has the germs of the dis
ease. They may also be carried about
in tlie air in the form of dust coming
from dried mucus, from coughing and
sneezing, or from careless people who
spit on the floor and on the sidewalk.
As In most other catching diseases, a
person who has only a mild attack of
the disease himself may give a very
severe attack to others."
What should bo done by those who
catch the disease?
"It Is very Important that every per
who becomes sick with Influenza
should go home at once and go. to bed.
This will help keep away dangerous
complications and will, at the same
time, keep the patient from scattering
the disease far and wide. It is highly
desirable that no one be allowed to
sleep in the same room with the pa
tient In fact, no one but the nurse
should be allowed In the room.
"If there is cough and sputum or
running of the eyes and nose, dare
should be taken that all such dis
charges are collected on bits of gauze
or rag or paper napkins and burned.
If the patient complains of fever and
headache, he should be given water to
drink, a cold compress to the forehead
and a light sponge. Only such medi
cine should be given as Is prescribed
by the doctor. It is foolish to ask the
druggist to prescribe and may he dan
gerous to take the so-called 'safe, sure
and harmless' remedies advertised by
patent medicine manufacturers.
"If the patient Is so situated that he
can be attended only by some one who
must also look after others in the fam
• Uv jt is advisable that such attendant
wear a wrapper, apron or gown over
tlie ordinary house clothes while In tlie
sick room and slip this off when leav
ing to look after the others.
Nurses and attendants will do veil
guard against breathing In
I disease germs by wearing a simple
or mask while near the
fold of gauze
Will a person who has had influenza
before catch the disease again 7
tir» i„ W ell known that an
»•*» » r , : lp " s
usually pro«!. . ^ r *", "^ TO>
fluonza ' According to newspapei
ports the King of Spain suffered .^
«♦tack of influenza duilng the P
Ä thirty vests
stricken during the recent outbreak
attack of
guard against Infio
"In guarding against disease of all
kinds, It is important t off'dls
lcept strong a ^ n be (lon e by hav
member that m , , j or adults
all-around foods obtainable fox
..S well as children. So tar as "
authorities every whére içcogmz
How can one

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Motor trucks by the tens of thousands have made the great
different from any other in adding mobility to the opposing armies.
Where preparation for battles in previous years required days, hours
are now necessary. Since taxicabs won the first battle of the Marne,
gasoline and rubber have been increasing factors.
Some of the American troops in recent battles, perhaps those
shown above in a momentary halt in a French village, have traveled
thirty hours with hardly a stop for rest.
Your subscription to tlie Fourth Liberty Loan will add to the
certainty that some day troops will not reach a fight too late to win It.
Post Falls oversubscribed its loan
quota of $10,000 by ov^r $400.
Hauser precinct subscribed $4900
against its quota of $4000.
Twelve persons from Post Fulls
picked 1200 boxes of apples m one
day at Otis.
B. T. Price grew a Hubbard squash
weighing 46 pounds.
Apple pickers have been receiving
$3.15 to $4.25 a day at Otis Orchards.
The school was closed by an order
of the board Oct. 9 and will remain
closed untii the county physician
deems it safe to reopen. The action
was taken owing to the threatened
epidemic of influenza.
Geo. McGee of East Greenacres is
getting $3 a crate foi Progressive
Everbearing strawberries.
With a fourth Liberty loan quota
of $30,000, Spirit Lake had sub
scribed $35,000 up to last Saturday.
•I. W. Smiley has been appointed
village marshal, aud Dr. McCormick
health officer.
The bov scouts have gathered about
100 pounds of fruit pits for the
W. N. Millsap found a large bep
It contained 75
tree near his home,
pounds of hooey.
Thieves last week stole some furni
ture belonging to
Miss Josephine
very dose relation between Its spread
and overcrowded homes. jYhile It Is
possible, especially in
like the present, to avoid such
not always
rercrowdlng, people should consider
health danger and make every
to reduce the home overcrowd
The value of fresh
windows cannot he
" s
ing to a minimum,
air through open
over emphasized.
"When crowding Is unavoidable, as
,n street cars, care should he taken to
keep the face so turned as not to in
hale directly the air breathed out by
another person.
"It Is especially Important to be
ware of the person who coughs or
sneezes without covering his mouth
ai «1 nose. It also follows that one
slruld keep out of crowds and stuffy
places as much as possible, keep
homes, offices and workshop* well
aired, *ruid some time out of doors
each day, walk to work If at all prac
ticable-in short, moke every possible
to breathe as much pure air as
"In ail health matters follow the ad
vice of your doctor and obey the regu
lutioES cf year local and state health
offt us."
"Cover up each cough and sneeze,
If you don't you'll spread disease.
Wall and 20 sacks of potatoes from
the Panhandle Lumber company.
Children recovering from illness are
not allowed to return to school until
the local health officer issues a permit.
Commencing Oct. 15, Kootenai
county will have bakers bread at
9 cents a loaf, according lo orders of
the food fcdminislratur.
The following men left Tuesday
afternoon for Moscow, Idaho, to
enter the S. A. T. C. for mechanical
training: Clarence Beigqulst, James
Casey, Dewey Ely, Clarence Wike,
Oscar ElfsteD, Truman Eaton, Hans
Fabrisuis and Jesse Weedman.
The convention of the delegates of
the Loyal Legion of Loggers and
Lumbermen, was held at Coeur
d'Alene Saturday. Forty mills, 90 to
100 lumber camps and 8000 men of
northern Idaho, Washington and
Montana were represented.
The body of Clarence Swanson, who
died in Baltimore, Md., while in
army service, arrived in Coeur d'
Alene Oct. II. The funeral was held
the same day.
The following men left Oct. 14 for
Vancouver Barracks, Wash., for
limited army service: Clarence O.
Grane, Harry P. Wolf, Joseph J.
Bucher, Glenn Libby, Burt F.Berrier,
Gustaf W. Norby, Axel Konberg,
Harold Sawley.
The Hayden Lake fair, scheduled
for October 18, and the farmers'
uuiuu convention have been post
poned indefinitely because of the
influenza quarantine.
Answering the call to subscribe
additional amounts to their origiual
fourth Liberty loao subscriptions,
many corporation«, concerns and
individuals swelled the bond pur
chases last Friday until Coeur d'
Aleue city has been found to have [
subscribed 1177,900 against a quota J
of *172,500. E. lijurkluod announced
that he would double his orginal
s jbscription of $1000 if
city would do likewise.
men in the
An action concerning the Pleasant
Valley school is being tried in the
district court. D. A. Thomas had
filed suit against the directors of
school distiict No. 30, claiming that
contrary to the result of a school
election, E. J. Young and Ethel
llaltenbiirg, tru-tee«, caused the
Pleasant Valley school to be abaod
oned, torn down, aud removed two
miles. Mr. Thomas asks that a
restraining order he issued estopping
Superintendent Eg hers and County
Treasurer W A. Thomas from issu
ing or honoring warrants drawn on
the district for expenses of conduct
ing the scboul.
Official Action In Interest Of
Public Health.
The Rathdrum public schools
were closed by order of the school
board and have not been in session
this week. The action was taken
in the interest of the public health,
as it is believed if the children
were kept at home and not allowed
to congregate, there would be less
likelihood of the influenza becom
ing epidemic in the community
It was observed, However, that
instead of remaining at home,
many children, including those of
the high school had a tendency to
gather in groups in public places
down town and to form parties to
visit neighboring communities
where influenza prevails to some
extent. To combat this tendency
on the part of the young people,
the board of village trustees held a
special meeting Tuesday night
and, in cooperation with the school
board and health officer, issued a
public health notice as follows:
"At the request of the school
board, it is hereby ordered by the
board of trustees of the Village of
Rathdrum, in cooperation with
the health officer, that all childteu
of school age in the village be
required to remain at their homes
and to refrain from congregating
together or visiting with one
another, and to keep off the streets
except when running errands,
until notice shall be given that the
danger of an epidemic of influenza
is over. It is urged upon the
parents, in the interest of the
public health and safety, that they
gi /e all possible assistance in en
forcing this order upon the children
of our community.
Idaho State News Items.
Idaho bas been called upon to
supply 155 more men for the spruce
production division to leave for
Vancouver Barracks, Wash., during
the live day period commencing Oct.
Up to Oct. 13, Idaho had sub
scribed *9,577,500 of its *14,700,000
quota of the fourth Liberty loan.
There remained *5,182,500 to
raised in the remaining six days of
the campaign.
Summonses were issued Oct. 15 by
the Nez Perce couuty council of
defense lo 35 citizens of the county to
appear Monday afternoou for «xaui
iuatiou as lo their failure to take
their quota of Liberty bonds.
Idaho registered oo September 12,
uuder the provisions of the new draft
law requiring all men between the
ages of 18 and 45 inclusive, not here
tofore registered, to do so, a total of
58,235. Of this number 51,275 are
classed as whites, 2252 as declarant
[ aliens aud 4641 ooudeclarant aliens,
The Oue Hundred Percent Ameri
can club of Idaho is something uew
in the political firmament at Boise.
It has been launched lo fight the
Noupartisau league holding Ibat
many of the leaders of the league are
dishouest and disloyal. A C. Town
ley and Arthur LeSeuer are uatued in
the platform.
There'll be no more road building
in Idaho until labor conditions are
better, judging from bids submitted
lo the state highway commission on
22 miles of highway between White
bird aud GraogeviUe. The lowest
hid was *60,000 more than the esti
mate of *283,000 made by the com
mission, and the highest was *300,000
above the estimate. The bidders
refused to make lower prices because

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