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Nov. 27 - 21 new cases. Nov. 28 - 39 new cases.
Nov. 29 - The daily paper said, "Midnight will see lifting of ban.
Now it's up to the people." There were 16 new cases that dayl
Nov. 30 - "Churches open tomorrow, schools on Monday."
Dec. 3 - 16 new cases reported.
The paper said, on Dec. 17, "Flu rate is not declining. 25 new cases yesterday - 15 are in children of school age."
The foregoing is enough to show how rapidly a disease can rise to epidemic proportions.
Portage was not the only place that battled this dreadful virus, and it would be safe to say that there are not many cemeteries across Canada that do not contain graves of its victims.
Since that time we were visited by the Asian "flu" in the 1950s. The highlight of events in Portage in 1919 was the visit of the Prince of Wales, eldest son of King George V and Oueen Mary. Mr. J. H. Metcalfe was mayor of the city at that time and deserves credit for the royal welcome he planned.
The following letter is one of the treasures in the Portage la Prairie City Hall.
I would ask you to convey to the citizens of Portage La Prairie my deep appreciation of the words of welcome which you have just read me on their behalf, and I thank you for your kind references to my modest services in the war, where my association with the Canadi an Corps enabled me to serve in the field with many of the men from this town and district. My tour in the great ,Dominion has shewn me that the people of Canada are ready to face the problems of reconstruction, which inevitably follow every great war, with the same spirit that helped them to overcome the difficulties which con fronted the British Empire during that critical period, now happily at an end.
I know, Mr. Mayor, that the future progress and development of Portage La Prairie is assured by the energy and initiative of its citizens, and I wish them all good fortune and prosperity in their fu ture activities.
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE. 10th October, 1919.