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August 18, 1918

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The Arizona Republican reports that the safe way to kiss and avoid the Spanish flu is through a handkerchief. The NY Board of Health is the source. One hundred of the leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World ("Wobblies") are found guilty of disrupting the war effort. The highest ranking officials, including Bill Haywood, are fined $10,000 and sentenced to 27 years in jail.

Source: "Kiss Through Handkerchief," Arizona Republican, Phoenix, Arizona, August 18, 1918. Page 13, Column 2. 

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