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Yellow Fever at Quarantine (1)

Three vessels have arrived at Quarantine within the last two days from Cuban Ports, all of which have lost more less of their officers and crews from yellow fever. The name of the Captain of the ship Grotto, who died after reaching port yesterday, was Dunlevy not Nichols, the latter being the first mate of the ship. Captain Dunlett belonged to Richmond, Me. His wife and two children who were on board, escaped the fever, and with the surviving portion of the crew are at the Marine Hospital.

The ship Suzanne, Capt. Williamlon, arrived below yesterday, being on her way from Matanzas to Greenock with sugar. Capt. Robert Beveridge, her former commander, died on the 23d of June, three days after leaving port. On the 3d of July, Robert Newton, the cook and John Harper, seaman, also died, and all the crew were down with the same disease. She put in here disabled for the want of a crew to work the ship.

The ship Greenland, Captain Varnum (formerly Captain Bates) arrived from Havana today. Cap. Bates' wife and son died in Havana of yellow fever; and he came home in the Cahawba. Captain Varnum, late mate of the bark Ocean Home, and most of the crew, are sick at the hospital.

Two More Die From Cholera (2)

Quarantine, Staten Island, August 12: At midnight Francisco Mola, aged 27 years, and Mariano Riberati, aged 28 years, died of cholera at the Swinburne Island hospital. Their remains were incinerated this morning.

 Before noon today the following suspects were removed to Swinburne Island for observation and treatment:

Francisco Cervico, aged 31 years.
Francisco Bonato, aged 34 years.
Francisco Gaiola, aged 34 years.
Paolo Mariani, aged 27 years.
Anielo Gaito, aged 30 years.
Leonardo Larosa, aged 11 years.
Trisco Dodolo, aged 16 years.

The bacteriological examination prove that all of the patients removed yesterday were suffering from cholera Asiatic.

The census of the hospital today shows seventeen patients, one of whom is convalescent. Eight of these have been biologically confirmed as cholera and nine suspects.

[Signed] W.T. Jenkins, Health Officer.

Smallpox Spreading: 1897 (3)

Three Cases Discovered Today on Randall's Island.

Three cases of smallpox were removed yesterday from the institution and schools for weak minded children at Randall's Island which are under the charge of the department of correction, and which have no connection whatever with the house of refuge. The removals were made to North Brother's Island, by order of Dr. Benedict, chief of the bureau of contagious diseases of the health department. The three cases removed were John A. Smith, 22 years old; Henry Bogardus, 15 years old, and Edgar De Menter, 13 years ago.

There are 145 inmates of the institution and schools and Dr. Benedict says he has made every effort to learn how the patients contracted the disease, but has been unable to trace the source.

Dr. Benedict, as soon as the cases were reported to him., immediately ordered the institution and schools quarantined and medical inspectors are now at the island to see that a strict quarantine is maintained. The buildings have been thoroughly fumigated and all inmates vaccinated who had not hitherto compiled with the requirements of the health board. Dr. Benedict will continue the investigation as to how the disease was contracted and will personally superintend all arrangements to prevent the spread of the disease.

The board of health later ordered all inmates of the house of refuge vaccinated, and so far as practical the babies in the infant asylum, of which there are nearly 1,000. The infants are all bottle fed, and great care has to be used in making vaccinations.

Another case has been reported to Dr. Benedict, that of Helen Page, 3 months old, at Riverside hospital. The child contracted the disease from her mother, who was removed from that hospital to North Brothers Island about three weeks ago.


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Article Name: Diseases, Epidemics in New York City tid-bits
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina


1) New York Times Jul 6. 1858. p.8 (1 page), 2) The Brooklyn Eagle August 12, 1893, 3) The Brooklyn Eagle April 19, 1897
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