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August 20, 1918

 https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030431/1918-08-20/ed-1/seq-12/#date1=1918&sort=date&date2=1918&words=INFLUENZA+Influenza&language=&sequence=0&lccn=&index=4&state=&rows=20&ortext=&proxtext=influenza&year=&phrasetext=&andtext=&proxValue=&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=42

https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030431/1918-08-20/ed-1/seq-12/#date1=1918&sort=date&date2=1918&words=INFLUENZA+Influenza&language=&sequence=0&lccn=&index=4&state=&rows=20&ortext=&proxtext=influenza&year=&phrasetext=&andtext=&proxValue=&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=42

Dr Copeland, NYC Health Director, blames the illness aboard the Norwegian liner on the Gulf Stream and unusual heat rather than influenza. A well-known Westchester, NY defends himself against the charge of sedition under the espionage act that he must have been drunk if he said "The Germans will win the war."

Source: "Influenza Here Not Real Influenza Kind," The Sun, New York, New York, August 20, 1918. Page 12, Column 2. 

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