Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Bit of History

From the New York Times in 1911:
There were immense bonfires to-day [Feb. 9] at Changchun, where 800 corpses were being burned. This is last week’s accumulation of plague victims, whose bodies were unburied owing to the fact that all the gravediggers have died from plague. The epidemic is now in its most virulent stage at Changchun. The total of deaths yesterday was 140. The whole of northern Manchuria is apparently in the throes of the epidemic. Russia has declared a military quarantine, inhibiting the Chinese from entering the Maritime Province, and Japan has establish military quarantines along the whole accessible portion of the Corean [sic] border.