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August 25, 1888

" Penny Wise—Pound Foolish."

JAMA. 1888;XI(8):287. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400600035011

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Dear Sir:  —In your editorial in The Journal of June 9, you failed to note one of the most glaring falsehoods that ' Justice " makes. He says that on page 70 of the Laws of Illinois, 1887, you will observe that there were over $58,000 appropriated for the use of the State Board of Health. Please refer to Laws of Illinois, 1887, and see how this statement " pans out." He also fails to mention that $40,000 of this appropriation was a contingent fund, only to be used in cases of epidemics in the State, etc. Campaign orators are using this pamphlet to prejudice the people against the State Board of Health.How much of the contingent fund has been used? Very truly yours,Nokomis, Ill., August 2, 1888.[Thus far $400 only of the contingent fund have been used. About $2,000 will be used in the investigation of

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