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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS, FRIDAY, JULY 28, 1911.
i DANCER OF
Time Was When Its Ap
pearance Was Occa
sion Fcr a Panic
By JAMES A. EDGERTON.
, HE appearance of cholera In
the port of New York has Dot
the power to spread terror
mat it once nao, oat is stiii a
serious tiling. Owig to the progress
of science, common sense and clean
living, a cholera epidemic In America
is well nigh impossible, yet the one
chance In a hundred that the scourge
may become general in list be combat
ed. It is raping in Russia, Italy and
other parts of Europe, and the incom
ing: steamers from the infected ports,
carrying their thousand of immi
grants, bring- the disease to our own
doors. We cannot stop tLe immigrants
from coming or at least we have not
done so but we can keep out their
For this purpose were long ago estab
lished a quarant'e and a health offi
cer for the por of New York. The
man who has heid this place for many
years is Dr. Aivah II. Doty. Dr. Doty
i not a mere local official. lie is a na
tional Institution, with an interna
tional reputation. Ills great contribu
tion to the study of cholera and to
that of many other infectious dSeases
id that the contagion is carried by per
sons and not by clothing, o:d rags or,
tarring food and water, any other in
anlmute substance whatsoever. It is
largely due to Dr. Duty's efforts that
the dread Asiatic plague never gets
past the port of "ew York, the door of
No Panic Nowadays.
In the o'd days the news that eight
deaths from choiera had occurred on
cn island In Nt-.v York bay would
Lave occasioned a panic. People would
have CVd from New York and Xroai
most of the other eastern citi-'3. Now
it is merely an item of news, over
which nobody yrows particularly ex
cited. Millions iu the metropolis, only
a few miles distant from Swinburne
l-iland. where the cholera cases are j
treated, k alwut their bu.-iness wilb !
unconcern. They know that between j
them and thir infection is It. Doty. I
Uuttressed by science and supported
by his corps of traiued assl.stnnts, he
Is equal to the contest. That is what
the age of reason hu accomplished for
mankind. The Dr. Dotys. fortitl. d by
I. iiowledcc, hold the terrors of old at
l.fy. fhoiera comes, and they close
the door In its fare. The bubonic
plague appears on the Pacific roast,
but goes uo farther and 1 allowed to
faiu no rei.I foothold even there.
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hoots-the-Chutes on Roller Skates
in a burning mass of f lames!
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Now Government's Pnblic
Health Machinery In
Smallpox is made mild and Innocuous.
The old trinity of terror were war,
famine and pestilence. Science has
driven war into the shadows outside
of civilization, has rendered famine
next to impossible and has put up the
Lars against pestilence. If a man of
100 years ago were told these things
he would call them miracles. Yet
they are only the result of the appli
cation of reason. Men have gained
more knowledge, more self reliance,
more mastery. Democracy and edu
cation have transformed the world-
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HQSPITAL5 rOE FLA.GUE CASES
i The more we krrrtw and the more we
i apply our knowledge, the more se
cure we become. Thus knowledge and
works beget faith and faith in turn
gives mastery and power. The Jungle
recedes, and not only the physical
Jungle, but the psychological Jungle j
which held terrors end monsters as
real as the other. Perhaps with all ;
our advancement we are only on the j
borderland of discovery and invention i
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nee of Daredevils!
51 ly man on
laws of gravitation
as yet. but the short distance we bare
gone has already made a new heaven
and a new earth.
Cholera comes in a tide aefos3 the
sea, but halts at our shores. Yet the
time was when it swept beyond the
coast line and spread terror and death
la our chief cities. In 1S32, and again
in 1S4S. it Invaded our territory and
the cemeteries of our cities were like
newly plewed fields in its wake. There
were uncounted furrows of rew
j In 1S32 cholera appeared in Detroit
i and sprecd throughout ttfe lf.nd. It
j arrived In New York on June 27 and
' lasted two months. In that short time
there were 3,400 deaths in the metrop
olis alone. Death was equally busy in
other northern cities. In Cincinnati
and elsewhere the scourge did not dis
appear till 1S.T3. In St. Louis and New
Orleans the pestilence was at its worst.
The belief held in some sections
that cbolera does not flourish in north
era climates is a delusion. Nowhere
is it more destructive than in Russia
The only thing that renders America
safe is vigilance. Before medical
science and sanitation had reached
their present state of advancement we
were as subject to the scourge as
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others. Our worst experience came in
1S4S and 1S49. It is estimated that
10 per CPnt of the population was
swept off in that visitation of the
plague. In one week New York re
corded more than 700 deaths.
The Scourge of 1848-9.
There are many yet living who re- 1
member that scoi:rge. Most of us have
beard cf it from an older generation.
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vv.i to- M
earth who defies
Fortunate was the family that escaped
losing some of Its members. Especial
ly was this true of those living in cit- j
ies. In the more sparsely settled j
country districts the progress of the J
disease was arrested. One writer has
thus spoken of the devastation of those j
two awful years:
So strong was the instinct of self pres-
ervation that In many cases Then one i
n-.ember of a family developed tae first I
sj-mrioms of the malady the rest cf the !
family rushed from the house and the j
city, leaving the victim to die alor.e.
The custom of handshaking was abol-
lshed for fear of contusion. Nobody went
out of doors except upon the mrst neccs-
sary errands. Old acquaintances recosj
r.lzed each other only by a curt nod.
Many persons walked in the middle of the
street to avoid the breath of pedestrians
and maneuvered to pass to windward of
all they encountered.
Eoilevins that the emoks of runpowder
was a preventive, they burned it at inter
vals in tho houtes. Tobacco smoke many
believed In. Even women and children
w ere teen with cigars and pipes in their
mouths constantly. Others carried tarred
rope In their hands and In every pocket
and hung camphor baps about their necks.
Many chewed garlic for the same purpose
and carried sponges saturated with vina
gar dangling from their buttons and In
haled the emell of It from smeUing bot
tles. Funerals were given up altogether, and
the most prominent citizens were uncere
moniously placed in the death cart and
laid away In the cemeteries.
Many on fet-ling the first symptoms of
colic and nausea, believing a painful
death certain, committed suicide.
Several on their way to the hospitals
leaped from the ambulances and fled, pur
sued by the driver, through the streets,
none daring to stop them for fear of con
tagion. Subsequent visitations of cbolera In
America occurred in 1S52, 18t5-S and
even as late as 1S73, when the dis
ease appeared in New Orleans and the
Mississippi valley. It has appeared at
various times since at the port of New
York, but has been checked before en
tering the country.
Filipinos Easy Prey.
The Philippine Islands have been
subject to the scourge for centuries.
Since the American occupation there
have been determined efforts to stamp
it out, with some success. The great
est difficulty has been to teach the na
tives to observe quarantine regulations
and to keep clean. Where people quar
ter their pigs in the houses and eat al
most anything, provided it does not re
quire too much work to get it, cholera
finds a congenial soil. One method of
keeping the plague down was to Inter
dict the eating of certain klnd9 of veg
etables and fruits, watermelon being
one of the first prohibited. There are
people who regard watermelon as a
disease in itself and do not wonder
thut it breeds other diseases. How
ever, if it is kept out of the ears and
eaten noiselessly it can be borne at
Returning to the kindred subject of
cholera, the appearance of the plague
this year has been earlier than usual.
It is not only in southern Italy, but has
been reported In Venice and is expect
ed to spread to Austria. It is also
making its annual ra vases in Russia,
where superstition and lack of health
"insures give it free reign
peasants tear down the Isolation hos
pitals built to care for the plague vic-
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urns. They seem to regard Ignorance
as sacred and resent any appearance
of enlightenment as blasphemous. The
customary method of dealing with the
jiestilence anient? the peasants la to
plow around each village, the plow be
ing drawn by women .and children,
holy water being sprinkled along the
One of the greatest agencies for
spreading cholera throughout Asia and
Europe is the annual pilgrimage made
to Mecca by the Mohammedans.
Mecca Is a breeding ground of the
plague, and rast numljers of the faith
ful contract It and carry it back to
all Moslem lands.
Russia and Mecca are a long way
from the U. S. A., however, and Ju3t
now we have to keep onr own door
yard clean from the contagion. The al
leged case of the plague that appeared
in Auburn, N. Y., served to warn the
people of the danger. The young Ital
ian who died of what was pronounced
cholera there had been detained at
quarantine in New York until the au
thorities were satisfied, after which he
was allowed to go. He was evidently
one of the so called cholera "carriers.
It is claimed that these may bear the
ferms in their systems for weeks be
fore stricken down. Sometimes they
escape altogether, but still infect oth
ers. They are the most dangerous
cases. Ordinarily the disease develops
la Ave days, so that by quarantining
for that length of time the health offi
cers feel safe.
A rew lorK paper in giving an ac
count of the death of the Auburn
victim had one item that Is a triile
mystifying. It read as follows:
Tonight a large bonfire was made of
beds, beddinsr and the clothing' of the vic
tim and his two brothers who nursed lilm.
is it not a mtie arastic to Mirn up
brothers in this fashion? Perhaps the
paper meant that only the beds, bed
ding and clothing of the brothers were
fed to the flames, but the wording of
the thing leaves a dark and clammy
doubt which should be cleared up.
Doty Sees No Danger.
Despite the cass la New York bay
and the reported death at Auburn, Dr.
Iioty insiats that the country is not
in tLe slightest danger. He has been
right so often befure that bis word
will go, but he should be careful not
to let any more cholera carriers get
away and die in distant cities, to the
danger of their beds, clothing, brothers
and the population generally. Science
Is mighty and will prevail, but for all
that cholera U a rather ticklish thing,
especially in the watermelon season.
The national government U taking
an interest in the matter, as is shown
by the fact that Surgeon Genera! Wy
ruan has sent Assistant Furgtpn Gen
eral I. E- Gofer, a Pacific coast chol
era expert, to slst Dr. Doty. The
i treasury Cepartment at Washington
I has nt the following order to the
i health odcers of the port of New
! York, Philadelphia, Baltimore. New
Orleans and Boston:
To diminish tha danger from cholera
bacillus carriers steera.se passengers com
l&g from ports or places where cholera
prevails and arriving on vessels upon
which cholera has appeared tha.il bs de
ti.ii.cd tea days for observation tuUess
off on Boys' Suits
off on all Odd Pants
off on all Men's Shirts
off on Suit Cases & Bags
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after fivo days detention they are found
not to be bacillus carriers. The same pro
vision shall apply also to other persons
arriving on said vessels who for special
reasons are deemed liable to bo thus in
fected. The government also has officers
abroad at the various infected porta,
detaining passengers on that side, iso
lating those suspected of infection and
taking every possible precaution. The
Italian government is also co-operating.
The only danger is that despite all
these measures of protection some
case may slip past and infect some
such populous section as the east side
of New York. Even then it is be
lieved that medical science would be
able to cope with the disease and
stamp It out, but that la too perilous
a risk. The moment that cbolera be
gan to spread In any city panic would
immediately seize upon the inhabitants,
an exodus would ensue, business
would be demoralized and conse
quences 'would result that stagger the
mind even to contemplate.
In the meantime the public at large
should keep th3ir head. There have
been many cholera scares In the past
forty years that came to nothing.
Medical science is more able to cope
with the disease now than ever before.
It is possible for people to get into a
state of fear that will mnke them
proper breeding ground for cholera or
any other disease. Kwp cool. Dr.
Doty is still on the Jub, the national
government is taking all possible pre
cautions, and where American genius
and determination are thus nt work
on a problem they may be depended
on to solve it. In the language of Dr.
Doty, "In America we hare no reason
to be fearful of Asiatic cholera in
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