Lewiston, Idaho, October 29, 1891
The sad intelligence of the death of the two young daughters of J. D. C. Thiessen [Ida and Olga], Tuesday [Oct. 27] last of malignant diphtheria, is a dreadful blow upon neighbors and friends. A few weeks since when this dread disease made its appearance here no fatal results attended its coming, and every-body hoped for permanent safety. It now seems that the fatal germs of the disease still taint the air. Public safety demands that the board of health take decided and vigorous action in the matter. A thorough examination of drains and sewers should be ordered and all garbage, waste and effite and decaying vegetation ordered cleared away and burned. That cesspool of rottenness, the floor of the old pack shed should be cleaned at once, and all effected regions purged and disinfected or other lives will pay the price of such criminal negligence and neglect.