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Some months since the leaders of the Government dismayed their supporters and astonished the world by a sudden surrender to the clamour of the anti-vaccinationists. In the space of a single evening, with a marvellous versatility, they threw to the agitators the ascertained results of generations of the medical faculty, the report of a Royal Commission, what are understood to be their own convictions, and the President of the Local Government Board. After one ineffectual fight the House of Lords answered to the whip, and, under the guise of a graceful concession, the health of the country was given without appeal into the hand of the Conscientious Objector. In his perplexity it has occurred to an observer of these eventsas a person who in other lands has seen and learned something of the ravages of smallpox among the unvaccinatedto try to forecast their natural and, in the view of many, their almost certain end. Hence these pages from the life history of the pitiable, but unfortunate Dr. Therne.[*] Absit omen! May the prophecy be falsified! But, on the other hand, it may not. Some who are very competent to judge say that it will not; that, on the contrary, this strange paralysis of the most powerful ministry of the generation must result hereafter in much terror, and in the sacrifice of innocent lives. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 5764
Author: Haggard, H. Rider (Henry Rider)
Release Date: Apr 22, 2006
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