April 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(17):1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530430038007

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The bill providing a pension of $125 monthly each to the widows of Drs. James Carroll and Jesse W. Lazear has passed the Senate and is now in the hands of the House committee on pensions. It is most gratifying to note the sentiments expressed by members of the Senate in the short debate which took place on this bill. Senator McCumber, in presenting it to the Senate, stated that Congress had already established a precedent in granting a similar pension to the widow of Major Walter Reed and that, as Drs. Carroll and Lazear deserved equal credit for the part they took in the investigation of the cause of yellow fever, justice required that a similar pension be given to their widows. Senator McCreary said: "A man who charges a battery exposes his own life and shows that he is a patriot by fighting for his country. But this

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