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April 11, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(15):522. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410670018005

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The efficient measures adopted in Paris for the relief of the poor and starving, during the terrible cold of last January, command our highest admiration. The statistics, showing the number of lodgings and meals provided, have been cited with wonderment throughout Europe. For celerity of action and unstinted relief to the suffering the Municipal Council have left a record that must prove most stimulating to other cities when they shall have been brought face to face with a like trying emergency of cold and want.

Much want occurred in unexpected quarters because so many people were thrown out of employment by the extreme cold and they could not get the money wherewith to pay their rent. Many such were compelled to leave their homes and live in the streets, for a time at least. This strange emergency was met by the prompt establishment of eighty or more " brasseros" or great

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