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“Maj.-Gen. Logie Inspects Troops,” Toronto Globe. September 25, 1918. Page 11.

Railway Const. Draft Going Shortly – Another Death From Spanish ‘Flu.’

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Niagara Camp, Sept. 24. – Major-Gen. W. A. Logie, G.O.C., came over from Toronto this morning accompanied by Major G. G. Mitchell, and inspected a draft of railway troops that is going to leave camp shortly.

Another death was added last night to the fatalities which have occurred in the Polish camp from Spanish influenza, this making a total of six deaths from the epidemic.

There were about 200 cases of Spanish influenza in the Polish army yesterday, but this number was reduced to-day by discharges of 185.

Pte. John Joseph Noonan of the 2nd Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment, who deserted from a draft while in Toronto on the way east on July 27, and was apprehended on August 31st, in Toronto, was sentenced by district court martial here to Kingston Penitentiary for two years, and was taken to Kingston this morning.

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“Thirty Died From ‘Flu’ At Burwash Farm,” Sudbury Star. December 14, 1918. Page 01.

Inquest Shows Effective Measures Taken To Check Disease.

Thirty deaths from Spanish influenza and pneumonis occurred at Burwash Industrial Farm.

At one time there were over 200 cases of ‘flu’ at the institution, those afflicted including the camp doctor, Supt. Neelands, and several guards.

The Government sent aa special train to Burwash carrying three doctors and seven nurses. One of the latter fell a victim to the disease and died. A wife of one of the prisoners also died.

Special relief work was in charge of Dr. Clare, Inspector of Prisons and Public Charities for Ontario, who made several visits to Burwash during the epidemic.

The guards’ dormitory at Camp No. 2 was utilized as a hospital, and all prisoners taking the disease were isolated. At Camp No. 1 the guards’ day room was used for a hospital.

Coroner Dr. W. R. Patterson found, after taking the evidence of several witnesses, that every attention was given to prisoners afflicted, and effective measures taken by the government and institution officials to stamp out the disease.

A report on the proceedings of the inquest will be sent to the government by Coroner Patterson. The Act respecting public institutions requires an inquest to be held into all deaths.

That every attention was given to prisoners afflicted, and effective measures taken by the government to stamp out the Spanish influenza epidemic at Burwash Industrial Farm, where at one time there were over 200 cases, was the decision by Coroner Dr. W. R. Pattterson, who, with Crown Attorney R. R. McKessock, conducted an inquest into thirty deaths which have occurred in the past six weeks at the institution. The inquest was ordered by the government, as the Act respecting public institutions provides that an inquest or investigation must be held into all deaths taking place therein.

Some Facts Brought Out
The evidence of several witnesses was taken, including that of Dr. A. J. Butler, the institution physician, doctors sent up by the government, the nurses, and Superintendent Neelands. It was brought out that the first case broke out about the middle of October, and when the disease showed a tendency to spread, and many prisoners became afflicted, a special train bearing doctors and nurses was rushed to the institution. The guards’ dormitory, at Camp No. 2, was immediately utilized as a temporary hospital, and all prisoners suffering from the disease were placed therein and isolated from other institution buildings. The work of securing special medical help and supplies was personally looked after by Dr. Clare, inspector of Prisons and Public Charities, for Ontario, who made several visits to Burwash to acquaint himself with conditions existing there. The special medical men sent up from Toronto were Drs. Carlton, Kirkup, and Hodder. One of the seven nurses who accompanied them fell a victim to the disease, and died. The wife of one of the prisoners who had come to the institution on a visit also died. The other 28 deaths were among the prisoners.

Officials Afflicted
One of the first to take the disease was the institution physician, Dr. A. J. Butler, while Supt. Neelands and several of the guards also fell victims, and were laid up for several weeks.

Strict Measures Taken
In addition to isolating all prisoners who were taken down with the disease, a general inoculation was resorted to, resulting with much success. At Camp No. 1 the guards’ day room was used for a hospital. Prisoners taking the disease were not required to return to work until the medical authorities were satisfied that they had fully recovered. Every care was taken to see that when a prisoner complained of not feeling well he was at once taken before the doctors, so that a spread of the disease might be avoided.

Government Gets Report
Coroner Patterson, who had all the evidence of witnesses taken by a stenographer, will send in his report to the government.

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“Innoculation Did Not Stop Coniston Flu,” Sudbury Star. December 11, 1918. Page 01.

Those Who Took Treatment Subject of Disease Too.

The ‘flu’ situation at Coniston remains about stationary, there being no evidence that it is getting any better or worse. While the cases which have developed are quite numerous, there has been, so far, very few deaths, five, in fact, out of a total number of between two hundred and fifty and three hundred persons who have developed the disease.

Innoculation No Benefit?
At the time of the ‘flu’ epidemic in Sudbury innoculation was generally adopted in Coniston, over five hundred people taking the treatment as a preventive measure. The observations of Dr. Cameron, M.O.H., are that innoculations have been of no benefit, the disease developing among all classes – those who have been innoculated and those who have not, in about equal proportions.

The smelter town has been hard hit with the disease, about half the populations being prostrated. The town is virtually under quarantine.

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