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September 2, 1899

"The Spooner Bill."

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(10):618. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450620056019

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Milwaukee, Wis., August 26, 1899.

To the Editor:  —In a communication from Dr. H. M. Bracken of Minneapolis, in the August 5 number of the Journal, appears the statement that, at the annual meeting of the Conference of State and Provincial Boards of Health of North America, held at Richmond, Va., "as a matter of fact there were probably not more than twenty voters in the room when an indorsement of the Spooner bill was called for." This statement gives the impression that the Spooner bill was indorsed at this Conference by a very small faction. The facts are, however, that by actual count there were thirty-six in the room at the time the vote was taken, and when it is borne in mind that those thirty-six represented about twenty or more states in the Union, the vote was more significant than would appear by Dr. Bracken's statement.The positive

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