Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 19, 1918

Today’s Evening Star: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1918-10-19/ed-1/

77 deaths due to Spanish Influenza were reported for the past 24 hours.

The Star expressed optimism in it headline: SCOURGE ON WANE; FATALITIES FEWER

Health Officer W. C. Fowler this morning said that the optimistic view taken by him of the influenza situation as expressed in The Evening Star yesterday afternoon held good today… 

“There is no doubt in my mind.” said Dr. Fowler, “that we are holding our
own, and with the splendid co-operation of the public health service, that of the Red Cross activities, the trained nurses’ organization, the physicians and the army of volunteer helpers we have every encouragement that we are slowly but surely mastering the disease.”

However, Commissioner Brownlow (and his wife) have fallen sick with influenza.

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And the flow of war workers seems to have slowed–according to statistics from the US Home Registration Service.

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