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It might interest you to know there are only 3 states where leprosy is endemic. They are Texas, Louisiana, and Hawaii. In Hawaii lepers were quarantined to a small village on the island of Molokai. A person can take years to show overt signs of the disease but there is a skin test that will reveal the infection. There wasn’t any treatment for leprosy until 1940. The leper colony on Molokai closed in 1969. Today the disease is known as Hansen’s disease named for the doctor who first identified the bacillus. Jack London used leprosy as a topic in some of his stories. The Hawaiians would have preferred otherwise. In the story Goodbye Jack, Jack Kersdale is an upcoming young man slated for success. He is bold and fearless. But that only goes so far. Jack London had a wicked sense of humor which he employs in the tale A Nose For A King. One never expects public officials to be honest but there is an implicit limit to how much they may steal before becoming a burden. Yi Chin Ho had exceeded the limit and had been sentenced to death.

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