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Fly Catechism:
Electronic Edition.

North Carolina State Board of Health

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(title page) Fly Catechism
North Carolina State Board of Health.
1 p.
[Raleigh?, North Carolina]
[The State Board of Health?]

Call number Cb614.7 N87h (North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

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        1. Where is the Fly born? In manure and filth.

        2. Where does the Fly live? In every kind of filth.

        3. Is anything too filthy for the Fly to eat? No.

        4. (a) Where does he go when he leaves the vault and the manure pile and the spittoon? Into the kitchen and dining-room. (b) What does he do there? He walks on the bread, fruit, and vegetables; he wipes his feet on the butter and bathes in the buttermilk.

        5. Does the Fly visit the patient sick with consumption, typhoid fever, and cholera infantum? He does--and may call on you next.

        6. Is the Fly dangerous? He is man's worst pest, and more dangerous than wild beasts or rattlesnakes.

        7. What diseases does the Fly carry? He carries typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and summer complaint. How? On his wings and hairy feet. What is his correct name? Typhoid Fly.

        8. Did he ever kill any one? He killed more American soldiers in the Spanish-American War than the bullets of the Spaniards.

        9. Where are the greatest number of cases of typhoid fever, consumption, and summer complaint? Where there are the most flies.

        10. Where are the most flies? Where there is the most filth.

        11. Why should we kill the Fly? Because he may kill us.

        12. How shall we kill the Fly? (a) Destroy all the filth about the house and yard; (b) pour lime into the vault and on the manure; (c) kill the Fly with a wire-screen paddle, or sticky paper, or kerosene oil.

        13. Kill the Fly in any way, but KILL THE FLY.

        14. If there is filth anywhere that you cannot remove, call the office of the Board of Health, and ask for relief before you are stricken with disease and, perhaps, death.

        Note.--Full credit is due Mr. B. F. Montague, of the Raleigh Health League, for obtaining, through the courtesy of the Health Department of Indianapolis, this forceful and instructive catechism on the Fly.