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November 4, 1899

THE TEXAS QUARANTINE.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(19):1172-1173. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450710054010

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Abstract

A rather curious condition of affairs is shown in the recent suit of the State of Louisiana for relief from thequarantine regulations imposed by the State of Texas. The Louisiana counsel holds that the quarantine regulations of Texas are being imposed for the purpose of interfering with interstate commerce under the pretense of protection against disease, and the Texas attorney, according to newspaper reports, practically admits the accusation. The case for Louisiana is strong enough apparently for the U. S. Supreme Court to allow it to file a bill for an injunction against the State of Texas, prohibiting a trade embargo in connection with the yellow fever quarantine of the latter state. We do not pretend to speak authoritatively as to the commercial or legal aspects of the case, but it seems a pity if, on the one hand, commercial demands can interfere with needed sanitary regulations, and an outrage,

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