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In Their Own Words

August 14, 1893

Yellow Fever Scare Recorded in Journal

John Girardeau Legare of Darien, Georgia recorded a yellow fever scare in nearby Brunswick:

“…The news from Brunswick is that U.S. Surgeon Branham and one other person there has the yellow fever and that the people are leaving there in large numbers, panic stricken. The doors of the railway coaches have to be locked when the coaches are filled in order to keep them from being overcrowded, and even then, the people crowd in through the windows. Seven coaches filled to overflowing left there last Saturday and 11 coaches left yesterday, and still they go! …”

Source: Buddy Sullivan, ed. The Darien Journal of John Girardeau Legare, Ricegrower, The University of Georgia Press, Athens & London, 2010, p. 46.