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in Delaware County
The brig "Home" had been boarded in late June by
revenue	officers,	went	off 	New	Castle,	Delaware,	and	
the mate had reported the death of the captain and
his burial at sea four days out from the Breakwater.
The nature of the captain's fatal disease was unknown
to	the	mate,	but	the	officers	of 	the	revenue	cutter	
pronounced the disease yellow fever because there
was pervasive throughout the ship a peculiar smell, a
smell that was said to indicate the presence of yellow
fever. It would seem that little weight was given to
the	olfactory	talents	of 	the	revenue	officers	because	
the ship then proceeded to the Lazaretto where it was
quarantined, not because there was disease on board
but because of her extremely unclean condition. After
a few days, a cargo of logwood was unloaded and
placed on a wharf adjoining the quarantine grounds,
and the brig was subjected to a thorough cleaning
and fumigation. After detention for twenty days,
she was permitted to proceed to her destination.
Deaths began to occur at the Lazaretto and on
Tinicum Island soon after the arrival of the "Home."
The	first	to	die	were	a	woman	and	a	young	lad,	said	
to be the wife and son of the deceased captain of the
vessel.		Health	officers	in	explaining	their	deaths	said	
that the pair, in the extreme heat of July, had sat for
several days upon the open deck of a canal boat meant
to move the logwood cargo of the "Home," and that
their deaths were the result of heat and exposure.
Then during the last week of July an eighty-fouryear-old woman residing in Tinicum with her sonin-law, Jacob Pepper, was taken ill as was a female
servant in the household. Both of these women died
within a week. One of these deaths was attributed to
exposure to sun's rays and the other to jaundice. The
next victim was an attendant who had been present
during the illness of Jacob Pepper's mother-in-law.
She died within four days' time. Then Jacob Pepper
became ill after returning from the funeral of his

mother-in-law and, as in the other cases, his disease
followed a fulminating course with death ensuing eight
days after the onset of his illness. During the last
days of his sickness, a consultant, Dr. Cardeza, was
called in and pronounced the disease "a stranger."
Finally, a short time prior to Jacob Pepper's death,
he was visited by Dr. William Ulrich of Chester who,
while practicing in Louisiana, had had wide experience
in the treatment of yellow fever, and who stated
that the disease was a well marked case of yellow
fever. A few days later, Dr. William Thompson, the
physician in charge of the Lazaretto, who had also
attended Jacob Pepper, and who had been sick for
a week, died of yellow fever, and on the evening of
the same day, a nurse who worked at the quarantine
hospital died of this disease. Only a few weeks had
elapsed since Dr. Thompson had said that there was
not a single case of yellow fever at the Lazaretto and
that there was no sickness in or out of the hospital.

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