Crawford Kilian has located another resource for students and communities to use to develop contemporary readiness for mass disasters such as pandemic influenza. (Those who came before impart essential knowledge if we learn to listen.) Read his post at

Butcher’s letters form part of a lost history of the British Columbia central and northern coast, a region largely forgotten and ignored. …

Smallpox, measles, whooping cough, and finally the Spanish flu effectively depopulated the coast. We should be grateful to Margaret Butcher for remembering her schoolchildren and their parents, and for passing a warning to us almost ninety years later.

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