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Bygones of Monroe:

Sickness & Cholera

If the authorities of Detroit and Chicago, and other cities could understand the extent and extravagance of rumors put in circulation respecting the alarming prevalence of cholera in their midst, they would see the necessity of publishing official statements of the number of deaths daily.  There would be less alarm in the public mind and less occasion for it.  But any attempt to convey the idea that there are very few cases and no occasion for the least alarm, or even more than common prudence, only makes the matter worse.  Such efforts are viewed as attempts to conceal the real facts, and inferences are consequently drawn which really magnify the cases of mortality to double the number that occur.
We have endeavored to give the number of deaths in Monroe, and shall continue to do as long as we can obtain the facts.  Since Wednesday last the following are reported:
            Thursday, July 18th---A child named Hermes.
            Friday, 14th---A child of same name, making four of one family of new   
            residents.  Mrs. Reese, Mrs. Schinevare.  In the township of Monroe,
            Mrs. Metty.
            Same day, in the township of Summerfield, Warren Bartlett, Esq., an old
            and much respected citizen of this county, in which he has resided some
            forty years, and established a reputation for honesty and uprightness.
            Saturday, 15th---Orry Adams, Esq., of this city, of Chronic Diarrhea, in his
            66th year.  Mr. A. at the time of his death kept the U.S. Hotel, as he had
            done for several years past, during which time he formed many
acquaintances by whom he was respected for his strict integrity and
neighborly qualities.
Sunday, 16th---Mrs. Reid
Tuesday, 18th---Henry Sporka and M. Huber, of this city, and Thomas
Morris, of the town of Monroe.
Wednesday, 19th---M. Luxenburger.

Several of the foregoing deaths may be attributed to exposure and imprudence in diet.  Of the twelve mentioned seven were Germans, two French, two American, and one English; and three not residents of the city.  Most of them reported as Cholera.

Three more deaths have been reported in the city during the week, Germans, whose names we did not learn---two of them yesterday, one a child, the other a woman who arrived in the city a few days since.

We do not hear of any new cases today.

(Monroe Commercial, Thursday July 20, 1854, Page 3, Column 1)

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