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Tethering en ttle and horses along the streets in the city or allow­ ing horses to run at large within the city was prohibited by law and Chief McIntyre said the city bylaw would be enforced.

Magistrate Marshall imposed fines of $1.50 on two persons who allowed cattle to pasture along city streets. The fines levied carried an alternative of seven days in gaol.

Strikes are not exclusively H part of modern day problems. Fifty years ago Winnipeg postal workers were on strike, as were the C.P.R. freight handlers.

THE SPANISH "FLU" EPIDEMIC

It was 50 years ago, too, that the first case of Spanish influenza was reported in Portage la Prairie. The date was Oct. 10, 1918 and the spread was rapid due to a lack of sufficient vaccine.

Following is a brief summary of the epidemic that kept doctors, nurses and volunteer nurses working day and night, with only short snatches of sleep, in their attempts to save as many lives as possible:

Oct. 12 - Public gatherings were banned in an effort to prevent the

spread of the disease. By this date there were 5 cases in the city.

Oct. 19 - there were 6 more cases. Oct. 21 - the number rose to 20.

Oct. 24 - Portage General Hospital received some serum.

Oct. 30 - Total number of cases in Portage and municipality - 158. Nov. 1 - 30 new cases reported.

Nov. 6 - Total cases numbered 243.

Nov. 7 - With the news that the war was virtually over every healthy person was rejoicing in various ways. Dr. S. B. Cowan was frowning heavily on celebrations that contravened the in­ fluenza quarantine.

Nov. 13 - 24 new cases.

Nov. 14 - Ban still in effect and churches remained closed. There was an urgent call for volunteer nurses. The General Hospital had reached its limit of admittance when the proprietor of the Rossin House offered his premises as an emergency hospital. Mrs. Alex Taylor supervised the necessary preparations and every Portage woman who was able to nurse, cook, clean or help in any way, volunteered her services.

Nov. 18 - 33 new cases reported.

Nov. 22 - 471 cases had been reported (390 of them 111 the city).

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