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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 12, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Dec. 12, 1918


J. A. Westerlund, who was arrested yesterday for violating the flu mask ordinance abandoned his purpose of contesting the measure and before Justice Taylor Wednesday afternoon pleaded guilty to the charge. Mr. Westerlund explained that he had no intention of opposing the provision in which he firmly believed, but did not want to be made the goat. Since the ordinance was passed he said he had worn a mask and only took it off for a few minutes Wednesday morning while he went from the Holland hotel to the woodpile in the rear. He felt this was only a technical violation and he should not be held up before the public as a law-breaker.

In addressing the court City Attorney Fred Mears supported this view and said the trouble had rested upon a misunderstanding. He expressed confidence in Mr. Westerlund’s intention to obey the law, and suggested leniency be shown. Justice Taylor thereupon assessed the regular fine of $5 which was remitted and the incident considered closed.


The mask may become a source of danger to the individual wearing it unless it is kept clean. If possible have two masks and change several times daily. As soon as a mask is removed from the face after being worn several hours it should be placed in a pan or kettle with boiling water and allowed to boil several minutes. If one has only one mask this might be done at the noon hour and again at night. It takes a mask only a few minutes to dry and no ironing is necessary.

When a mask is removed for a short time and is again placed on the face without washing, care should be taken to get it on in the same way as before. If the side worn outside before is now placed next to the nose and mouth the germs collected there will be drawn by the breath into the body. Have the children observe this.

ROSETTA M’GRAIL, Public Health Nurse.


Chicago, Dec. 12 — ”It is our patriotic duty to put on more clothes,” was the substance of an address before the public health administration section of the American Public Health Association today by Dr. Jeanette F. Throckmorton of Chariton, Iowa. “There are fashions not only in dress, but in trend of thought and morals,” Dr. Throckmorton continued. The custom of wearing summer clothing in winter is a pernicious one, and the continued chilling of the skin causes congestion of the internal organs with attendant ills. “Dress and morals are intimately associated and modesty in dress appears in demand but little at present. Our adolescent daughters often use poor judgment not only in dress but in conduct.”

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