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Two Hundred Prisoners Stricken with Typhus.

From intelligence received recently from Kieff we learn that a terrible outbreak of typhus has occurred in the Kieff prison, where 200 out of 750 inmates have been stricken with fever. The prison, built originally for 300 prisoners, has been crowded during the last year or two with Nihilists, and now contains nearly three times the regular number. When our advices left Kieff, General Tchortkoff, the governor of the province, had receeived telegraphic instructions from Loris Mellkoff to convey the healthy prisoners to one of the barracks, and the invalids to various hospitals, the prison being kept empty till cleansed and disinfected. The outbreak is said to be due quite as much to hunger as overcrowding and dirt, the prisoners, and particularly the Nihilists, receiving barely sufficient food to keep body and soul together. General Tchortkoff, who is partly responsible for this disgraceful state of affairs, has been three times fired at by the Nihilists. —Exchange

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Two Hundred Prisoners Stricken with Typhus., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 275, 22 February 1881

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Two Hundred Prisoners Stricken with Typhus. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 275, 22 February 1881

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