A Baltimore man shoots his wife and himself following the death of their three children from influenza. He does not succeed and is held on $5,000 bail. Dr Sandridge of the USPHS gives his report to the Alexandria, VA relating that a third of the budget was spent on providing privies, and describing the department as the most important in the city.
Source: “Shoots Wife, Would Die,’ Alexandria Gazette, Alexandria, Virginia, December 11, 1918. Page 1, Column 6.