MALCOLM MORRIS INDEMNITY FUND

1889 The Lancet  
Professor Lankester read a letter written at the instance of the Prince of Wales, in which His Royal Highness expressed his pleasure at the meeting having been called, and his sympathy with the objects of the meeting. The Prince also announced his satisfaction that the Lord Mayor is about to support a recommendation that all dogs at large in this country should be muzzled, and added his opinion that if that step were adopted throughout the kingdom for twelve months, rabies, which, he feared,
more » ... hich, he feared, was greatly on the increase amongst us, would be stamped out. A letter was also read from M. Pasteur to Sir H. Roscoe, M.P., in which he states that up to the end of June over 7000 patients had been treated at the antirabic laboratory of Paris alone, and the general mortality applicable to the I whole of the operations was 1 per cent. Of sixty-four English persons bitten by mad dogs during 1888 and 1889 and treated in Paris, not a single case had succumbed, although the sufferers were often bitten to a very serious extent. M. Pasteur also expresses his profound conviction that a rigorous observance of simple police regulations would altogether stamp out hydrophobia in a country like the British Isles. Sir Andrew Clark, Bart., President of the Royal College of Physicians, also wrote warmly approving M. Pasteur's work, and giving his cordial support to the objects of the I meeting. A letter from Professor Huxley was also read. A communication was read from the Association of Medical Officers of Health, expressing the hope that a similar institute to the one in Paris might be established in I London. i The Lord Mayor, addressing the meeting, said that since granting the use of the Egyptian Hall for that meeting he had been subjected to an enormous amount of anonymous and scurrilous abuse. He thought it would be much more desirable to raise a fund for sending over poor patients for treatment in Paris than to establish an institute in London. A number of resolutions in accordance with the objects of the meeting, supported The recommendations of the Executive Committee-that £500 should be spent on erecting a memorial to Father Damien at Kalawao, and that funds should be formed for the treatment of British lepers and the endowment of two studentships for the study of the disease, one in Europe and one in China, the colonies, and elsewhere-were passed. Copies of these resolutions were ordered to be sent to the Presidents of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons respectively. Each of these Colleges will be invited to nominate a member to act on a commission of three to go out to India for the purpose of investigating the disease of leprosy there, the Indian Committee being requested to add two members. MALCOLM MORRIS INDEMNITY FUND. IT is felt by many of Mr. Morris's friends that he should not be allowed to bear the heavy costs of the recent trial in addition to the months of anxiety and worry he has been compelled to undergo. By his courage and promptitude Mr. Morris has done a service both to the profession and to the public which requires a more solid recognition than a simple expression of sympathy. The following subscriptions have already been promised, and those who desire to contribute are requested to communicate without delay Government Board have since 18S7 been dissatisfied with the nature of the information received from IIatlield; and it now transpires that when the medical oilicer of health dilated on the unsatisfactory character of a number of the prevailing sanitary circumstances, the authority were in the habit of submitting what can only be regarded as a counterreport prepared by the inspector-of nuisances, and on the strength of which it was contended that no special measures were required as to the sanitary state of IIattield. Then came fresh evidence as to blocking of a main sewer; a. further reference by the authority to the inspector of nuisances, who stated that lie was quite satisfied with the sewer; and, finally, the determination of the Local Government Board to ascertain for themselves how matters really stood. The Old Town, which is mainly in question, was sewered some lifty years ago, the older of the sewers being half-round brick culverts, with flat bottoms of pebbles laid in cement. Some of these burst about thirteen years ago, and were imperfectly repaired ; others run under inhabited houses; no ventilators are provided,
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