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March 16, 1901

Committee on National Legislation and Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(11):750-751. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470110052016

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To the Editor:  —By an amendment to the quarantine laws, the last Congress authorized the Surgeon-General of the U. S. Marine-Hospital Service, with the approval of the U. S. Secretary of the Treasury, to designate and mark out the boundaries of the quarantine grounds and anchorages for vessels at the United States quarantine stations, and imposed a penalty of fine or imprisonment or both for the violation of any part of the act or any regulation made in accordance. with the act.Another section of the amendment provided for quarantine measures to apply to vessels arriving in collection districts without entering a port of the United States. This is intended particularly for fishing-smacks and other small craft which leave Cuban ports for smuggling rum and tobacco into the United States along the coast of Florida; these vessels were liable to convey infection by landing their sick on this coast.To

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