Wow… Could this be the beginnings of the smallpox epidemic? 1881.

It is a shocking thing, what the Board of Health was seen doing these days. When the steamship, the “City of New York,” arrived from San Francisco, where smallpox was spread, the passengers up front were quarantined, but the passengers from the back, the wealthy people, were allowed to come ashore without being quarantined. When the ship came to the dock, those on shore were forbidden to approach it. Because of the Board of Health’s unequal quarantine, the passengers from the front rejected the quarantine orders, and the rules of the Board of Health were useless.

Now that the people know full well of this act, it is quite clear that the time has come for this Board of Health to be denounced by all people of the nation, and what is left for the members to do is to leave this which is beyond their abilities for the good of the Hawaiian Nation.

(Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, 1/1/1881, p. 2)

He mea kupanaha...

Ko Hawaii Pae Aina, Buke IV, Helu 1, Aoao 2. Ianuari 1, 1881.