During the past week says the Carleton Place Herald, a cat belonging to Mr. W. Devlin scratched a couple of the children, a very unusual thing with the pet animal. A day or two later the cat again showed ill-will to the family by biting Mrs. Devlin on the hand. The scratches on the children healed naturally but the bite became alarming and a physician was called.
The history was to prove that the cat had been bitten by a dog some5 days previous. The cat was destroyed and the animal sent to Ottawa for examination when it was found to be a pronounced case of rabies. Those affected are progressing favorably and no serious results are expected. In the meantime the authorities have taken all precautionary measures to stamp out the trouble, and all dogs are ordered to be tied up in the meantime.
In 1911, Philadelphia drug company H. K. Mulford announced a new rabies treatment kit that could be shipped directly to doctors and was simple enough that “physicians who have had no previous experience may successfully apply it.” The kit is a reminder that even the best medicine is of no consequence if it is not available and affordable.
The treatment consisted of 25 injections of rabies vaccine: three on the first day, two on the second, two on the third, and one each day after for 18 days. Each dose was slightly stronger, or more virulent, than the preceding, so that the body could build up immunity. Because the vaccine had to be “fresh” to be effective it could not be stocked by druggists. Subsequent daily doses were shipped directly from Philadelphia in a special Caloris vacuum bottle (not unlike your coffee thermos).
Today the post-exposure treatment for rabies consists of four doses of vaccine given over a two-week period. The injections are usually given in the upper arm.
1881 Census before he was married and he worked at a sawmill. His father’s name was Charles so he went by William
|Name:||Chas W Devlin|
|Birth Year:||abt 1868|
|Residence Place:||Carleton Place, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada|
|Relation to Head:||Son|
|Occupation:||Saw Mill Hand|
|Father’s Name:||James Devlin|
|Father’s Birth Place:||Ontario|
|Mother’s Name:||Eliza J Devlin|
|Mother’s Birth Place:||Ontario|
1911 Census William worked at Findlay’s
|Name:||Chas W Devlin|
|Racial or Tribal Origin:||English|
|Birth Date:||5 Jan 1868|
|Relation to Head of House:||Head|
|Religion:||Church of England|
|Working at Trade in Factory or in Home:||F|
|Months Employed at Trade in Factory:||10|
|Can Speak English:||Yes|
|Sub-District:||Carleton Place (Town/Ville)|
|Neighbors:||View others on page|
|Household Members:||NameAgeCharles Devlin33Florence Devlin32Verna W Devlin6Lloyd E. Devlin4|