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Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
Marilyn Chase (au)
The plague first sailed into SF on the steamer “Australia,” in early 1900. Though the ship passed inspection, the stowaways -- infected rats -- made their way into the city’s sewer system. Two months later, the first human case of bubonic plague surfaced in Chinatown. When a second epidemic erupted 5 years later, Dr. Rupert Blue was placed in command. He won the trust of SF by shifting the gov’ts. attack on the plague by preaching sanitation to contain the disease. He finally eradicated it when he focused his attack on the newly discovered source of the plague, infected rats & their fleas. This book transports us to the city during the late Victorian age -- nearly destroyed by an earthquake, was reborn, thanks to Rupert Blue & his band of pied pipers. Photos.
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