Washington DC History Resources

Matthew B. Gilmore

October 27, 1918

The death toll from influenza fell to 29 for the previous 24-hour period.

Today’s Evening Starhttps://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1918-10-27/ed-1/

Officials seem more confident that the epidemic is now under control and about to recede.
Surgeon Mustard of the United States public health service, directing, the activities of  that service, in conjunction with the District health department, said last night that the work under his direction was being carried out with the best results, all calls for physicians and nurses being promptly met. He says the calls for service are falling off
materially and most of the cases reported in the past few days show that the disease, is of a less severe   than it has been. He is in need of additional volunteers with automobiles to handle the physicians and nurses sent’ out to the homes of the sick. Volunteers may-be enrolled at any time of day or night by calling the’ headquarters of the service in the Webster School building at 10th and H streets northwest.
The Red Cross activities are being continued with vigor, that organisation rendering a splendid service night and day. In addition to looking after the sick It is supplying nurses, food and other needs.
The charitable organizations and churches., Dr. Mustard says, are in the fight against the influenza with a snap and vim that is telling. Every one of the hundreds of volunteers is working long hours’ without complaint.
The emergency hospital for influenza patients at 18th and Virginia avenue northwest is a strong factor in caring for the sick and is doing a wonderful service, taking care of all cases offered. There is room there for all who may need hospital attention.

It is unclear if the annual chrysanthemum show at the Department of Agriculture will open tomorrow–some new varieties are to be exhibited–one named after Mrs. Wilson, another after General Foch, another called ‘Liberty Bond’:

Those in charge of the bureau of plant industry greenhouses at 14th and B streets orthwest, where the chrysanthemums are displayed for the public view, have the tags already
placed on the hundreds of specimens and are ready to throw open the doors just as soon as the health authorities consent. It is hoped permission will be given about the middle of the week.





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