Books: Terror in the Streets

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD (304 pp.)—J. H. Powell—University of Pennsylvania ($3.75).

The dead lay everywhere and the living dared not come near them. They lay in the streets and in the alleys, unburied in potter's field and in houses shunned by their neighbors. Their faces were emaciated and jaundiced, their bodies so malodorous as to make the living faint. Almost half the populace of the city had fled. Of those who remained, the well dared not approach the ill. Men fell suddenly in their tracks and lay dead. Frightened, orphaned children huddled together, starving, and adults hurried by and let them starve.

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