Date: October 17, 1888
Series: S 868 - Yellow fever epidemic incoming correspondence, 1888.
Incoming correspondence to Joseph Y. Porter.
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JJ. Daniel, President; P. McQuaid, Vice-President; Dr. J.C. L’Engle, Treasure; Chas. S. Adams, Secretary; Jas. M. Fairlie, Cor. Secretary.
Dr. J.C. L’Engle.
Jacksonville Auxiliary Sanitary Association,
16 ½ West Bay Street.
P.O. Box 749. Telephone 108.
Jacksonville, Fla. ………………….. 188
Dr. Porter, (2).
DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.
Under this head the Committee beg leave to make some suggestions
which they hope will impress themselves favorably on you.
Rule I.- That instead of leaving it optional with the owner to
have “Mattresses, Pillows, Comforts and Blankets soiled by dejections
from the sick so as to prevent their further use by anyone else sick
in the same house”, destroyed by burning at once, it should be made
obligatory as a means to prevent the spread of the infection and the
owner paid a fair value for the property destroyed out of Government
funds. The grounds on which the Committee base these recommendations
are: - First, All citizens with but few exceptions, who had the means
to leave, sought safety in flight at the beginning of the epidemic,
and left their houses unoccupied. Those who remained did so, generally
speaking, because of want of means to go away, and in their homes
the scourge found its victims, and very few of those people indeed are
able to bear the loss of such property as you say should be destroyed.
The Executive Committee have felt it necessary to pay for property
destroyed under similar circumstances by Dr. Dem. Echemendia’s Staff
when under the direction of the Board of Health, as a measure of
relief to the owners, to enable them to [illegible].