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The Southern Democrat, May 27, 1926

Lowly mosquito given credit for U.S. power

CHICAGO – The lowly mosquito made us what we are today. At least, yellow fever and malaria mosquitoes have been largely influential in giving the United States a leading rank among the nations of the world.

That tribute came from a bitter enemy of the insects, the Gorgan Memorial Institute. It is contained in a report for the Institute prepared by Joseph A. Le Prince, international authority on mosquitoes and senior sanitary engineer of the federal public health service.

Had malaria and yellow fever not rebuffed early settlers in the American tropics, the Institute said, a dominant civilization would have resulted and, with its earlier start, would have been detrimental to the colonial settlements along the Atlantic to the north.

The early Spanish colonies of the central plains of Central and South America had wealth and opportunity for growth and development, but they could not hold their ground against the dreaded mosquito, said the report.

This eventually led to emigration from Europe directed to the northern part of the continent, and since that time, the Institute conceded, the mosquitoes have lent vigorous and continuous – although unsolicited – support to the Monroe Doctrine.

But the work of the mosquito has been done and, while paying tribute to a falling foe, the Institute announced that the warfare will be pressed until there is a mosquitoless America.

Says Prince of Wales talks like Cockney

LONDON – The Prince of Wales has a marked Cockney accent, according to the dramatist St. John Greer Ervine, who publicly debated the question, “Do we know how to pronounce English?” with the actor-manager Nigel Playfair recently.

Mr. Ervine grew hot over “the vile Cockney accent and horrible Oxford voice” and appealed to women not to marry men guilty of talking in such voices.

The Prince of Wales, Mr. Ervine declared, does not sound the letter “R” when speaking, although King George and Queen Mary do. The prince, he added, says “Howp” when he means “Hope” and one of the prince’s brothers recently referred in a speech to the “dook of Yawk.”

Mr. Playfair stood up for the English spoken in southeast England. This moved Mr. Ervine to wrath and he got back at Mr. Playfair by asking why he called his first name “SinJin” instead of “St. John.”