Smallpox Feared at Arnoldsburg in 1901

(02/22/2002)

Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 6/4/1901.

Smallpox at Arnoldsburg

It has been reported here that there are five cases of smallpox at Arnoldsburg, all of them in the Stephens family.  There is a difference of opinion as to whether it is or is not smallpox, but precautions are being taken to prevent its spreading, should it prove to be the loathsome malady.  Jesse Bennett, who had the disease a year ago pronounces it smallpox, while Dr. Lowe, who is the attending physician, says that it is Cuban melt, if anything worse than a slight humor of the blood.  At present it is impossible to say what it is, but we hope that it is not as Mr. Bennett has pronounced it.  However, every precaution should be taken against it.