[ADS- L] Ev idence for DECIMATE   ( 'one in ten')

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Jan 8 06:09:22 UTC 2008

And a few more:


1865: <<At Hopedale, out of a population of some two hundred,
_twenty-four died in the month of March last!_ At Nain, where the
number of inhabitants is about the same, twenty-one died in the same
month; at Okkak, also twenty-one. More than decimated in a month!>>


1875: <<The Browne family at that time consisted of Mrs. and Mr.
Browne, four sons, and four daughters; so that the removal of any one
member would exactly "decimate the Brownes of Pedlington.">>


1862: <<In 1793 the yellow fever made terrible ravages, nearly
decimating the population, ....>>

-- Doug Wilson

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