24 AUGUST 1878, Page 3

The outbreak of yellow fever in the United States, and

especially in Granada, New Orleans, Memphis, and along the course of the Mississippi, seems to be of a more fatal and alarming nature than any hitherto known. In Granada the mortality is beyond anything recorded apparently in the history of epidemics. Very few who are attacked recover ; they die often with- out medical aid, and without nurses, whom the place cannot supply. Out of 195 residents remaining in the town, 135 were ill, and the few nurses there, were themselves dying. Of course panic prevails, because there is no discipline. Society needs as much discipline, as much of the feeling of what honour and duty require, to face death properly in this way, as it needs to face an opposing army ; but though it needs the discipline, it does not get it, and panic is the result.