NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
25th September, 1908 : A cholera outbreak in Russia is threatening to kill more people than in the last record epidemic in 1892. More than 15,500 cases of Asiatic cholera have been reported this month and 7,102 are dead. In St Petersburg, there have been 4,931 cases and 1,875 are said to have died. The Prime Minister, Mr Peter Stolypin, is trying to defeat the disease by improving the capital’s unsanitary water supply. Workers and peasants, whether through superstition or fear of the Government, have been unwilling to get free inoculations.
[There is no such thing as a free inoculation]