History of Bubonic Plague in New Orleans

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In one respect, the restriction of our subject to the New Orleans locale gives me a distinct advantage over the other speakers on this program, for while they must depend upon the records of the past for at least a portion of their material, I have but to refer to my own memory, practically the entire history of bubonic plague in New Orleans having transpired within my personal experience. In another respect, this places me at a disadvantage because I am not alone in having lived through plague in New Orleans, there being many present to note promptly such variations from the straight line of accuracy as are unfortunately normal to the functioning of the human memory. Furthermore, the interpretation placed upon the facts by others who have observed them may differ from my own. This, then, must remain the history of bubonic plague in New Orleans as I have seen it.

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