Mr. Bingham to Mr. Evarts.
Tokei, Japan, August 8, 1879. (Received September 4.)
Sir: Referring to my No. 925, of the 26 ultimo, in which I reported the revised quarantine regulations issued by this government to prevent the importation by vessels of cholera, I now have the honor to inclose for your information the report of the sanitary bureau of the home department, as published in the Japan Daily Mail of the 5th instant, of the number of cholera cases, together with the rate of mortality therefrom up to the 25th ultimo. Referring to this report, it appears that there is no publication of cases in the report, as the table shows, later than the 11th of July, and that up to that date the whole number of persons attacked was 31,759, 18,017 of whom died within that period, showing the rate of mortality to have been 56.73 per cent.
Of the whole number of deaths, as above stated, but 60 are reported to have occured in Tokei and Kanagawa (Yokohama). Omitting these two places, and including the other places named in the table, where nearly the entire mortality occurred, I estimate their population at not more than 2,000,000 people.[Page 664]
In concluding this note I beg leave to observe that an examination of this official report shows that the entire mortality caused by Asiatic cholera occurred between the 22d of April and the 11th of July last; and that from the 22d of May to the 11th of July 5,031 persons died in the city of Osaka of this scourge, the whole population of the city being estimated at about 600,000. The rate of mortality was 77 per cent, of the persons attacked.
I have &c.,