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August 3, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(5):331. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470310037004

A high Canadian official, the Hon. David Mills, Minister of Justice for the Dominion, has indulged in some remarks on the degeneracy of the New Englanders. The head and front of his accusation is that they do not raise large families, and he thinks the United States has a serious problem before it in this decrease, or rather lessened increase, of its population. The amount of misinformation, or, to put it more plainly, gross ignorance, at the bottom of his jeremiad is remarkable. It is true that there has been a decreasing birth-rate in New England, but this is not so wonderful or alarming when one considers the facts. There are plenty of towns in that section where the birth-rate is low simply because there are few of the population of the productive age; they are kept up largely by the return of old people to their former homes, by