National Geographic : 1914 Mar
Photo from Catholic Foreign Missionary Society ofAmerica MISSIONARIES FIGHTING THE PLAGUE "When we see Naples, in the seventeenth century, as helpless as a new-born babe in the grip of aplague during which 380,000 souls perished in six months; when we see Constantinople, in 1812, with 144,000 deaths; when we see London, in the days of the great plague, with 70,000 ofits population carried off: -whe we go back to China and behold a few short years in the fourteenthcentury with a'black death' mortality record of 13 millin- souls; . . . not till then can we begin to appreciate what it all means" (see page 344).