Matthew B. Gilmore
The day’s Evening Star
and Washington Times
Today the House and Senate closed their public galleries due to the epidemic.
The city’s death toll declined–only 9 were reported.
“Under the regulations of the Commissioners making the reporting of influenza mandatory, a total of 1,201 cases has been listed with the health department.
A total of 663 cases has been reported since yesterday.”
Soda fountains came under heavy criticism for spreading influenza:
“I have completed a survey of the city of Washington’s soda fountains
and public drinking places.” said Dr. Mustard, “and am convinced that these places using over and c”er each day and night drinking glasses that have not been sterilized arc the
most serious menace to the public health, and one through which the contagion has been spread and will further spread. I will insist with Health Officer Fowler that all such places sterilize their glasses or put in individual paper cups or containers. For the present I would warn the public against patronizing any soda fountains.”
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