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April 18, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVI(16):785-786. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430680037008

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The town of Gloucester, England, and its vicinity has been the scene of much popular excitement on account of an epidemic of smallpox. A riotous demonstration took place at the Cottage Hospital, at Oakridge, used for the treatment of cases of that disease, and arson was committed,the hospital being damaged to the extent of $600. Seven persons were convicted; and each were sentenced to a year's imprisonment.

In February last, the assizes for the Winter Term should normally have been held at Gloucester and Justice Grantham attended at that town for this purpose, but such was not carried out. In his charge to the grand jury he stated that he had received a communication from the authorities in Gloucester to the effect that smallpox was prevalent in the city and had been so for some little time past. Although every step had been taken to prevent any spread of the

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