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Hall o' fame ranking

Rank Corrector Lines corrected
1 JohnWarren 3,975,688
2 NeilHamilton 2,825,475
3 noelwoodhouse 2,379,349
4 annmanley 2,192,727
5 John.F.Hall 1,889,196
...
9 kayoung 1,326,848
10 JudyClayden 1,316,988
11 yelnod 1,201,619
12 mrbh 1,191,072
13 SheffieldPark 1,164,804
14 frankstonlibrary 1,150,111

1,191,072 line(s) corrected.

Corrections by month

August 2016 1,784
July 2016 7,512
June 2016 10,022
May 2016 7,804
April 2016 2,729
March 2016 740
February 2016 571
January 2016 766
December 2015 107
November 2015 29
October 2015 206
September 2015 679
August 2015 2,612
July 2015 697
June 2015 2,494
May 2015 324
April 2015 899
March 2015 1,219
February 2015 1,413
January 2015 616
December 2014 524
November 2014 962
October 2014 1,152
September 2014 4,756
August 2014 10,866
July 2014 6,589
June 2014 13,150
May 2014 9,829
April 2014 17,707
March 2014 27,902
February 2014 19,180
January 2014 25,232
December 2013 22,148
November 2013 18,981
October 2013 8,207
September 2013 12,664
August 2013 10,571
July 2013 5,481
June 2013 5,916
May 2013 8,012
April 2013 26,113
March 2013 9,413
February 2013 7,519
January 2013 11,823
December 2012 7,514
November 2012 7,732
October 2012 13,397
September 2012 19,353
August 2012 15,156
July 2012 20,250
June 2012 23,528
May 2012 27,552
April 2012 42,526
March 2012 25,445
February 2012 29,306
January 2012 26,672
December 2011 28,721
November 2011 28,000
October 2011 27,000
September 2011 21,000
August 2011 29,998
July 2011 20,002
June 2011 30,000
May 2011 30,000
April 2011 31,000
March 2011 25,667
February 2011 28,333
January 2011 31,500
December 2010 5,394
November 2010 3,144
October 2010 4,143
September 2010 14,234
August 2010 31,585
July 2010 25,000
June 2010 25,000
May 2010 26,776
April 2010 16,593
March 2010 7,310
February 2010 4,221
January 2010 2,150
December 2009 1,745
November 2009 472
October 2009 125
September 2009 312
August 2009 69
July 2009 63
June 2009 2,121
May 2009 12,115
April 2009 6,743
March 2009 1,554
February 2009 612
January 2009 8,001
December 2008 18,518
November 2008 8,939
October 2008 13,676
September 2008 23,139
August 2008 9,673
July 2008 73

Hall o' fame ranking

Rank Corrector Lines corrected
1 JohnWarren 3,975,687
2 NeilHamilton 2,825,475
3 noelwoodhouse 2,379,349
4 annmanley 2,192,727
5 John.F.Hall 1,889,196
...
9 kayoung 1,326,848
10 JudyClayden 1,316,988
11 yelnod 1,201,619
12 mrbh 1,191,050
13 SheffieldPark 1,164,758
14 frankstonlibrary 1,150,111

1,191,050 line(s) corrected.

Corrections by month

August 2016 1,784
July 2016 7,512
June 2016 10,000
May 2016 7,804
April 2016 2,729
March 2016 740
February 2016 571
January 2016 766
December 2015 107
November 2015 29
October 2015 206
September 2015 679
August 2015 2,612
July 2015 697
June 2015 2,494
May 2015 324
April 2015 899
March 2015 1,219
February 2015 1,413
January 2015 616
December 2014 524
November 2014 962
October 2014 1,152
September 2014 4,756
August 2014 10,866
July 2014 6,589
June 2014 13,150
May 2014 9,829
April 2014 17,707
March 2014 27,902
February 2014 19,180
January 2014 25,232
December 2013 22,148
November 2013 18,981
October 2013 8,207
September 2013 12,664
August 2013 10,571
July 2013 5,481
June 2013 5,916
May 2013 8,012
April 2013 26,113
March 2013 9,413
February 2013 7,519
January 2013 11,823
December 2012 7,514
November 2012 7,732
October 2012 13,397
September 2012 19,353
August 2012 15,156
July 2012 20,250
June 2012 23,528
May 2012 27,552
April 2012 42,526
March 2012 25,445
February 2012 29,306
January 2012 26,672
December 2011 28,721
November 2011 28,000
October 2011 27,000
September 2011 21,000
August 2011 29,998
July 2011 20,002
June 2011 30,000
May 2011 30,000
April 2011 31,000
March 2011 25,667
February 2011 28,333
January 2011 31,500
December 2010 5,394
November 2010 3,144
October 2010 4,143
September 2010 14,234
August 2010 31,585
July 2010 25,000
June 2010 25,000
May 2010 26,776
April 2010 16,593
March 2010 7,310
February 2010 4,221
January 2010 2,150
December 2009 1,745
November 2009 472
October 2009 125
September 2009 312
August 2009 69
July 2009 63
June 2009 2,121
May 2009 12,115
April 2009 6,743
March 2009 1,554
February 2009 612
January 2009 8,001
December 2008 18,518
November 2008 8,939
October 2008 13,676
September 2008 23,139
August 2008 9,673
July 2008 73

Hall o' fame ranking

Rank Corrector Lines corrected
1 murds5 42,143
2 EricTheRed 19,873
3 Stephans 19,868
4 PhilThomas 7,531
5 RodAanensen 4,167
...
199 jdrake[NLA] 22
200 ausire 22
201 kat13v 22
202 mrbh 22
203 PeterR 22
204 WillowtreeBear 22

22 line(s) corrected.

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THE WAR. MOUNTED RIFLES AND BUSHMEN. VISIT TO PRETORIA. THE OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) MIDDELBURG, Nov. 12. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 31 December 1901 [Issue No.19,908] page 3 2016-08-21 10:01 utilised after the Butisli occupation tis a ho pital,
und now occupied by various ofiictals, including
those who haye to deal with " eompens itton claims ,"
the historio square, the scene of that íemaikablo
demonstration on Juno 5 of last year, v. hieb w ill
eyer hvo in tho memories of those privileged to
witness it, the quaint old riesidency, with the
Barnato marblo lions guarding tho enhance to the
building, which now forms tho headquarters of the
South African Constabulary , on tho opposite btdo of
tho stieot tho haudsoiuo Doppor Church, in which
tho ox-Presitlcnt freqiicntl) pleached, und closo by
utilised after the British occupation as a hospital,
and now occupied by various officials, including
those who have to deal with " compensation claims ;"
the historic square, the scene of that remarkable
demonstration on June 5 of last year, which will
ever live in the memories of those privileged to
witness it ; the quaint old Presidency, with the
Barnato marble lions guarding the entrance to the
building, which now forms the headquarters of the
South African Constabulary ; on the opposite side of
the street the handsome Dopper Church, in which
the ex-President frequently preached, and close by
THE WAR. MOUNTED RIFLES AND BUSHMEN. VISIT TO PRETORIA. THE OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) MIDDELBURG, Nov. 12. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 31 December 1901 [Issue No.19,908] page 3 2016-08-20 18:39 Among tho places of interest wcio tho
Had/uul, whero " Oom I'm! " was wont to rulo his
fellow -legislators Iroui the c ipauous chait which
still remains, and m which tho visitor muy seat
himself, tho uiagmQccut Pulaco of Juilico,
utilised aftei tho Butisli occupation tis a ho pital,
Among the places of interest were the
Radzaal, where " Oom PauI " was wont to rule his
fellow-legislators from the capacious chair which
still remains, and in which the visitor may seat
himself ; the magnificent Palace of Justice,
utilised after the Butisli occupation tis a ho pital,
THE WAR. MOUNTED RIFLES AND BUSHMEN. VISIT TO PRETORIA. THE OUTLOOK FOR PEACE. (FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) MIDDELBURG, Nov. 12. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 31 December 1901 [Issue No.19,908] page 3 2016-08-20 18:37 f THE WAR. ~
?
MOUNTED RIFLES AND BÜSH41EN
(FROM OUR SPECIAL COIUIESPONDENT )
MIDDELBUIIG, Nov 12
My last letter told of the ai rival of Colonel Williams'
column in Pretoria w ith some 7P prisoners, 1000 head
of cattlo, and tho convoy captured from Muller In
tho case of the ma |onty of tho Now South Wales
men this was tho first opportunity the) had had of
visiting tho world-famed cit), and they ccrtauil)
raado tho most of it lito fullest liberty was given
tho Mounted Rtflos by Colonel Lassettor, an examplo
followed by Major Carington in regard to tho Bush-
men, and tim behaviour of tho troops fully instilled
the confidence reposed in thom b) thou command-
ing ofheors lhere is u spccml interest attaching
to everything in Protoitu, which rouderetl two days
ti! too short a stay for tho î\ ew South Wales men
Tho moro noteworthy places v. ore visited
THE WAR.

MOUNTED RIFLES AND BUSHMEN.
(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.)
MIDDELBURG, Nov. 12.
My last letter told of the arrival of Colonel Williams'
column in Pretoria with some 70 prisoners, 1000 head
of cattle, and the convoy captured from Muller. In
the case of the majority of the New South Wales
men this was the first opportunity they had had of
visiting the world-famed city, and they certainly
made the most of it. The fullest liberty was given
the Mounted Rifles by Colonel Lassetter, an example
followed by Major Carington in regard to the Bush-
men, and the behaviour of the troops fully justified
the confidence reposed in them by their command-
ing officers. There is a special interest attaching
to everything in Pretoria, which rendered two days
all too short a stay for the New South Wales men.
The more noteworthy places were visited.
THE RETIRING MAYOR. RECOGNITION OF HIS SERVICES. A SOUVENIR TO BE PRESENTED. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 31 December 1901 [Issue No.19,908] page 3 2016-08-19 19:50 On January IÎ a conversazione will bo held, and
pie^ented with a souvenir on behalf of the citi7ens of
bydiipy Yesterda) a number of well-known citi-
zens met in the Mayor*« -oom at tho Town Hall to
consider t*ie taking of steps to maik m a fitting
manuer tho appreciation by the citizens of services
rendeicd b\ bir Tames Alderman Hughes, the
Major-elect, couhl not ho piesent, hut he sent a
sympathetic letter and at hcque to be d< \otcd to-
wards the object the meeting had m view The
Premioi, many aldermen, and other mon prominent m
public life forwarded R\mputhctic letters On the
motion ot Alderman Lees Mr llichaid leece waa
voted to tho chair
On January 23 a conversazione will be held, and
presented with a souvenir on behalf of the citizens of
Sydney. Yesterday a number of well-known citi-
zens met in the Mayor's room at the Town Hall to
consider the taking of steps to mark in a fitting
manner the appreciation by the citizens of services
rendered by Sir James. Alderman Hughes, the
Major-elect, could not be present, but he sent a
sympathetic letter and a cheque to be devoted to-
wards the object the meeting had in view. The
Premier, many aldermen, and other men prominent in
public life forwarded sympathetic letters. On the
motion of Alderman Lees Mr. Richard Teece was
voted to the chair.
THE LEGALITY OF MARTIAL LAW. IMPORTANT DECISION OF THE. PRIVY COUNCIL. LONDON, Dec. 19. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Friday 20 December 1901 [Issue No.19,899] page 5 2016-08-09 21:54 At-coidiiiK to tho îcpoit in the Standard" tho
petitionei, IJavid .francois Ararais, a notary public
and auctioneer at Purni, applied lor spcci ii pemus
81011 to upptal fiom the decision of thu '?.upturn
Couit of Cipo Colony refusing his application tobe
telciscd iioin militan custon} Jit. and lout othor
subiccts ol tho Bntiih Crown wuc anestid it Paarl
on August lu, and after being kept in prison foi thieo
da}s wero sent umlci military escort to Beuufort
West, wheio the} lune bince been confined in gaol
?without tu ii
Mr JInUlano, KT, conlcndid lint lemo
to appeal should be guui Pe*itionoi, he
suid, assorted tint he Ji id been ¿mltv of
no oftuicu, mid if un} crime was tillered lynnst
line, ho should ha\o au unpoi turnip ot »nsw. n\\¿ it
according to civil law Iloeitínl the o])iinons ot Loid
Campbell and Toid Crunworih winn ho> wcie the
Law Officer-, of the Ciow ii, with icciud lo the pro
cluuiatiou of mutti ii luw in Canada, ind in w inch
they bud it down that the right of lcsmtnig to the
lYtromity of martial hw uns limited 1 \ the ncces
sities of the cuse loi this ic ison the} weieot
opinion that tho light did not exist bevoud the cuso
of peisons taken in open ícsisl ince, and with whom,
According to the report in the " Standard " the
petitioner, David Francois Marais, a notary public
and auctioneer at Paarl, applied for special permis-
sion to appeal from the decision of the Supreme
Court of Cape Colony refusing his application to be
released from military custody. He and four other
subjects of the British Crown were arrested at Paarl
on August 15, and after being kept in prison for three
days were sent under military escort to Beaufort
West, where they have since been confined in gaol
without trial.
Mr. HaIdane, K.C., contended that leave
to appeal should be given. Petitioner, he
said, asserted that he had been guilty of
no offence, and if any crime was alleged against
him, he should have an opportunity of answering it
according to civil law. He cited the opinons of Lord
Campbell and Lord Cranworth, when they were the
Law Officers of the Crown, with regard to the pro-
clamation of martial law in Canada, and in which
they laid it down that the right of resorting to the
extremity of martial law was limited by the neces-
sities of the case. For this reason they were of
opinion that the right did not exist beyond the case
of persons taken in open resistance, and with whom,
THE LEGALITY OF MARTIAL LAW. IMPORTANT DECISION OF THE. PRIVY COUNCIL. LONDON, Dec. 19. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Friday 20 December 1901 [Issue No.19,899] page 5 2016-08-09 21:39 1HE LEGALITY OF MARTIAL
IMPORTANT DECISION OF TUT.
Tho Judicial Commitfteo o£ tho Vn\y
Council jestcrday ga.o its leasGiis for icfus
mg Dti\ id Francois Manus, of Paard, Cupe
Colon}, \ea\o to uppc ti ngumst tim decision
of the Supreme Court of Cape Colony refu¡.uig
his application to be ii.lcai.ed fiom militai y
custody
Iho Judicial Committee of Iho Pnvj
uuder martial law to impugn the action of the
refused lemo to ippeal
Ihis caso was argued on -November ß bcfoio the
Lord Chancellor, Lords AT i enlighten, Minnd Dave} ,
lîobertson and Lmdlo\, tjnd fen If do Villiers (Chief
Justicoot Capo Colouj )
THE LEGALITY OF MARTIAL
IMPORTANT DECISION OF THE
The Judicial Committee of the Privy
Council yesterday gave its reasons for refus-
ing David Francois Marais, of Paard, Cape
Colony, leave to appeal against the decision
of the Supreme Court of Cape Colony refusini
his application to be released from military
custody.
The Judicial Committee of the Privy
under martial law to impugn the action of the
refused leave to appeal.
This case was argued on November 6 before the
Lord Chancellor, Lords Macnaughten, Shand, Davey,
Robertson, and Lindley, and Sir H. de Villiers (Chief
Justice of Cape Colony.)
THE TICK QUARANTINE REGULATIONS. BRISBANE, Monday. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 17 December 1901 [Issue No.19,896] page 5 2016-08-09 20:32 MHISIJANE, Monday.
In consequence ot tho íccent nltoritions of the ticl.
.luiinntinc lino permitting clean stock that hu\c
tu\ellet o\cr eloan roads lo cioss tho northern
hi i 1 nown ILS schedulo Ar uftei being dipped, the
flucf Inspoetoi of Sto"k of New South Wales visited
Queenslind Ou lus îctuiii tho Now South AViiles
Qicr-nsl.nd Afmistcr that a hard mil fast northciii
qimnntmo hue should bo maintained about 120
i ittlo allowed to cross schedulo V line should
the first crush inspected on that line and again on
the southern and western rail«n> lino (if crossing
ncdicr the coast), or cruel, inspected on tho rabbit
proof fence (running from Charl« dlo to western
loiiudar)) it passing tj tho south-westem part
Iho Queensland Munster for ABrieulti.ro referred
ti matter to tho Stock Bo ird, who advised that the
"\cii bouth Wales suggestions bo not agreed to, us to
cjri-) them out it would bo von eostl), besides tin
ncccss inly hampering and harassing enttlo owners
without benefit to Queensland Iho Ministor has
s neo approved ol the board's recommendations, and
1 is notified the Now South Wales Munster to that
elTcet
BRISBANE, Monday.
In consequence of the recent alterations of the tick
quarantine line permitting clean stock that have
travelled over clean roads to cross the northern
line, known as schedule V., after being dipped, the
Chief Inspector of Stock of New South Wales visited
Queensland. On his return the New South Wales
Queensland Minister that a hard and fast northern
quarantine line should be maintained about 120
cattle allowed to cross schedule V. line should
be first crush inspected on that line and again on
the southern and western railway line (if crossing
nearer the coast), or crush inspected on the rabbit-
proof fence (running from Charleville to western
boudary) if passing to the south-western part.
The Queensland Minister for Agriculture referred
the matter to the Stock Board, who advised that the
New South Wales suggestions be not agreed to, as to
carry them out it would be very costly, besides un-
necessarily hampering and harassing cattle-owners
without benefit to Queensland. The Minister has
since approved of the board's recommendations, and
has notified the New South Wales Minister to that
effect.
SPECIAL CABLES. FROM THE "HERALD'S" LONDON CORRESPONDENTS. THE POWERS IN THE "ORIENT. FRANCE AND ITALY'S INTERESTS. GERMANY AND THE SULTAN. LONDON, Dec. 15. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 17 December 1901 [Issue No.19,896] page 5 2016-08-09 20:11 FEOM THE "HBEALD'S" LONDON
COKUESPONDENTS.
THE POWERS IN THE "ORIENT.
»
FEANOE AND ITALY'S INTERESTS.
GEliMAN* AND THE SULTAN.
In the Italian Chainbor of Deputies on
Saturday Siguor Prinetti, tlio Minister for
Foreign AlVairs, said that France Lad given
of Tripoli and tho caravan routes to Central
Deo 10.
Turkey. Germane, tho newspaper continues,
hus latterly been tho semi-ollicial raroteclress
The Tripoli question, the "Temps" adds,
FROM THE " HERALD'S " LONDON
CORRESPONDENTS.
THE POWERS IN THE ORIENT.

FRANCE AND ITALY'S INTERESTS.
GERMANY AND THE SULTAN.
In the Italian Chamber of Deputies on
Saturday Signor Prinetti, the Minister for
Foreign Affairs, said that France had given
of Tripoli and the caravan routes to Central
Dec. 16.
Turkey. Germany, the newspaper continues,
has latterly been the semi-official protectress
The Tripoli question, the " Temps " adds,
THE BARQUE BUTESHIRE. LONDON, Dec. 16. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 17 December 1901 [Issue No.19,896] page 5 2016-08-09 20:08 LONDON, Dee. IG.
Queenstown, Ii elan 1
| Hie Buteshire, fom-masted barque, 176S lons in
command of Captain Pmftie, is a well-known trader
between the United Kingdom and Australia, mid has
made several \oyages to this port, as well as having
loided here homeward in tho wool faeason bhe was
nd>u>ed hy cable to the " Herald " as having left
Glasgow on the 7th instant foi Brisbane with a
gencr ii cargo, and consigned to Messrs T. Brown
and Sons, Limited
LONDON, Dec. 16.
Queenstown, Ireland.
The Buteshire, four-masted barque, 1768 tons, in
command of Captain Purdie, is a well-known trader
between the United Kingdom and Australia, and has
made several voyages to this port, as well as having
loaded here homeward in the wool season. She was
advised by cable to the " Herald " as having left
Glasgow on the 7th instant for Brisbane with a
general cargo, and consigned to Messrs. T. Brown
and Sons, Limited.
SMALLPOX IN LONDON. FEARS FOR A GREAT EPIDEMIC. LONDON, Dec. 15. (Article), The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), Tuesday 17 December 1901 [Issue No.19,896] page 5 2016-08-09 20:05 FEARS FOU A GREAT EPIDEMIC.
the eve oï a great bmallpox outbreak, And
uduses the preparation of 2500 bedb.
Tlie possibility of an epidemic of smallpox in
Loudon was foreshadowed li) the (* Hospital " two
months ogo, and its reasoning why tho possibility
existed is interesting enough to be reprinted " Ihc
occurrence," nays {ho '* Hospital," " of an out-
break of smallpox at the present time of ycai, which
is ont of the confmon tourac, is a mattei of some
lntciest both m îpgard to immcibato prospects, and
to tho outlook lor tho future The seasonal cune of
has olio riso and one full nu* annum 'Inking the
mean of a, laige numhet of years, the maximum mor
taht\ occurs between Jan un ty and May, when it
rapidly falls, the minimum being leached in Sep-
tember Irom this point it gradually rises again
tluough October and November, and runs up quickly
tti Decembor TO ita maximum in January and Peb
runr\ Iho fact tliou that tho piesent out-
break hogan at the bottom of tho cuno, that
is nt the time when under normal conditions the ten-
dency to smallpox is slight, may by some he taken to
indicate that it will bo easily dealt with "We do
not, however, think that such a \icw is quite 1 enable
in tho light ot pabt oxnoririico When wo lind an in-
fectious diseabo grauu illy dying aw ay at a certain
season, jeal after y tai, notwithstanding that during
the preceding months of ita maximum pre\alence the
highest, it is clear that there must bo at w ork some
influence, wo know not whit but something con- |
nected with the season, to account foi tho pheno-
mena, and wo cannot hut bolitho that an mfection
accidentally impoited during that period of do
« casing prevalence is comparatively unlikely to ex-
tend When, howovci, wo lind that at a given
hcasou, as also happens e\cij jeai, the disease be-
gins to spicad, notwithstanding that the loci of in-
fection must bo at the minimum, wo have to admit
th it theie i» faomo hidden influence at work to cause
this result, and again m our ignorance of its exact
natuio we ha\e to descube this as " seasonal *'-a
something which inakns infertion at such season of
the j ear moic potent ior evil thin at other times
Now, to apply all this to sin tilpoo Ihepieáent
ouf hi oak has occurred at the >ery bottom of the
curve \,hen, under ordinary ci remus tau ens, bmnllpox
is at the minimum bo far so good Evidently the
season favours oin elToits to suppress it, and foi the
present we ma} succeed ihus tho infection which
is now being spiead abroid bv those eases comes into
operation at flin \uy season ol the ycai at which, as
the naluinl hihtoij ot the disease tOiows, a vrry littlo
infection always gO(S i long wa\ Hence wo mußt
not bo misled bj the faot that this outbreak has so
far shown no marked tendency to becomo epidemic
What wo 1 o\o to think of is what will happen in the
cailj spring We know that the seed lias been
sown, and not until harvest time arrives can wo be
sure that it has not taken loot "
FEARS FOR A GREAT EPIDEMIC.
the eve of a great smallpox outbreak, and
advises the preparation of 2500 beds.
The possibility of an epidemic of smallpox in
London was foreshadowed by the " Hospital " two
months ago, and its reasoning why the possibility
existed is interesting enough to be reprinted. " The
occurrence," says the " Hospital," " of an out-
break of smallpox at the present time of year, which
is out of the common course, is a matter of some
interest both in regard to immediate prospects, and
to the outlook for the future. The seasonal curve of
has one rise and one fall per annum. Taking the
mean of a large number of years, the maximum mor-
tality occurs between January and May, when it
rapidly falls, the minimum being reached in Sep-
tember. From this point it gradually rises again
through October and November, and runs up quickly
in December to its maximum in January and Feb-
ruary. The fact then that the present out-
break began at the bottom of the curve, that
is at the time when under normal conditions the ten-
dency to smallpox is slight, may by some be taken to
indicate that it will be easily dealt with. We do
not, however, think that such a view is quite tenable
in the light of past experience. When we find an in-
fectious disease gradually dying away at a certain
season, year after year, notwithstanding that during
the preceding months of its maximum prevalence the
highest, it is clear that there must be at work some
influence, we know not what, but something con-
nected with the season, to account for the pheno-
mena, and we cannot but believe that an infection
accidentally imported during that period of de-
creasing prevalence is comparatively unlikely to ex-
tend. When, however, we find that at a given
season, as also happens every year, the disease be-
gins to spread, notwithstanding that the foci of in-
fection must be at the minimum, we have to admit
that there is some hidden influence at work to cause
this result, and again in our ignorance of its exact
nature we have to describe this as " seasonal *—a
something which makes infection at such season of
the year more potent for evil than at other times.
Now, to apply all this to smallpox. The present
outbreak has occurred at the very bottom of the
curve when, under ordinary circumstances, smallpox
is at the minimum. So far so good. Evidently the
season favours our efforts to suppress it, and for the
present we may succeed. Thus the infection which
is now being spread abroad by those cases comes into
operation at the very season of the year at which, as
the natural history of the disease shows, a very little
infection always goes a long way. Hence we must
not be misled by the fact that this outbreak has so
far shown no marked tendency to become epidemic.
What we have to think of is what will happen in the
early spring. We know that the seed has been
sown, and not until harvest time arrives can we be
sure that it has not taken root."

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