INFLUENZA SCOURGE - Oct 26, 1918
Now that nearly every household in the town is afflicted with the influenza the Education Committee
has closed the Schools for a fortnight. The epidemic in Northampton is far worse than those in the
eighties. There must be thousands of cases. Whole families are down with it, and many factories
and branches of the public service are disorganised. The Police have suffered so heavily that Specials
are helping with day duty, while the Tramway workers have fallen victims in such numbers it has been
difficult to maintain the service. I hear of one Shoe Factory where there are 37 away in one Department.