Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 25, 1918

Today’s Evening Star: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1918-10-25/ed-1/

The daily influenza death toll dropped dramatically to 22, from 49 on the day previous.

But vigilant preventive measures are still in place; schools, churches are still closed; and DYI gauze masks are urged. The Red Cross supply of masks is exhausted.




…[T]he local Girl Scout organization, which has in the six days it has been running, furnished supplies to nearly 600 invalids.

Mrs. William McAdoo’s Treasury Department file card system for management of patient visits and needs is highly praised as a model for all departments.

The District Supreme Court will continue its recess until November 4.

The Star vigorously editorialized in favor of reopening churches:

Open Churches for Public Worship.
The authorities ought to transfer the churches quickly from the class of prohibited places of public assembly to the class of stringently regulated places of public assembly. This transfer should not await the distinct and great decrease of influenza which will justify
the complete emptying of the prohibited class and open the churches only a’ong with the theaters, schools and movies.

Under proper safeguards to protect the public health let the churches quickly begin full} functioning again, ¦to fight epidemic, to help to win the war, to strengthen faith in God, to save men’s souls.

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