Response to Ernest A. Mott-Smith’s Letter in San Francisco Call, 1912.


In the newspaper, the “Call” of San Francisco, of the 14th of August, in a section of that newspaper dealing with Hawaii, is where we saw a very important idea given by Mott-Smith, the secretary of the Territory of Hawaii, describing matters related to Leprosy in Hawaii nei. We understand the thoughts of Mr. Mott-Smith that Leprosy isn’t a contagious disease like what was believed long ago; it is only weakly transmitted. In other words, “Leprosy” is not transmittable from one person to another.

[The article referred to here from the San Francisco Call, “ON GUARD AGAINST DISEASE,” can be found here at Chronicling America.

Also, i could barely read the Aloha Aina article, because the image online is so unclear, as you can see for yourself. There are so many pages like this that need to be shot clearly before it is too late…]

(Aloha Aina, 9/14/1912, p. 1)


Ke Aloha Aina, Buke XVII, Helu 37, Aoao 1. Sepatemaba 14, 1912.

2 thoughts on “Response to Ernest A. Mott-Smith’s Letter in San Francisco Call, 1912.

  1. The source text is accompanied with two uncaptioned photographs.
    Subtitles boast: Hawaii Can Combat Easily All Disease; Outposts Against Disease; Statistics Prove Rumors False; Little Danger of Contagion; Does Not Spread At Molokai; and, Leprosy on Decrease.
    The objectives of the Mott-Smith article appear to be the promotion of travel to the Territory of Hawaii and the obviation of fears of contracting disease, especially leprosy. The style is tendentious, jingoistic, and denies scientific documentation. One wonders what the repercussions of this pathetic subterfuge were.–08-1912–en–20-SFC-1–txt-IN-MottZz-Smith—-#

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