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The varied correspondence from Bombay agrees upon the proportions of the visitation, with the telling commentary that the sanitary conditions are not improving. From Bombay the report comes that " the natives employed in the shops were the first victims. In one large German establishment three natives only out of eighteen remain. The rest are dead; and the Europeans are already beginning to drop off. The plague advances."
In that city the death rate has become quadrupled over the ordinary, when the population counted up to 800,000; now also the panic has become of the wildest. "Several native quarters in the city are absolutely deserted. The cotton mills, that employed thousands of hands, are closed. Merchants and business men have all disappeared, and both importation and exportation have completely stopped. From morning till evening," continues the account, "there is a procession of funerals; and in the evening the sky is reddened
THE PLAGUE AND FAMINE OF INDIA. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(9):424–425. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440090042008
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