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June 4, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(23):720-721. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411270028015

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One of our illustrated newspapers touched up the subject of undesirable immigration, with a sorry looking picture of dirty and unkempt representatives, brought to our shores by the cheap steerage steamships; and under the cut was the legend, "This is the only kind of raw material that is imported now-a-days." Not only does this raw material come to us in a dirty condition, but it is infected or infective. And what is worse, it is not susceptible of fumigation, like the filthy rags that come to us on the same cheap steamships, especially those hailing from the Mediterranean ports.

The sole or chief advantage of this raw human importation is reaped by the steamship companies whose vessels are given an employment at low remuneration, instead of rotting at their wharves in idleness. The great disadvantages are experienced by the United States, because they are forced to assimilate all this unwelcome

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