Publicity, like lightning, strikes unpredictably. Nome is a little city of some 5,000 inhabitants struggling down on the north shore of Norton Sound on the west coast of the Alaskan peninsula. Its harbor is icebound for a great part of the year, regular navigation being limited from about June to October. Once it was the scene of fabulous gold mines.

There about two weeks ago an Eskimo developed diphtheria. The Eskimoes are very susceptible to the white man's diseases, tin a little while other cases developed. There was only...

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