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JAMA 100 Years Ago | April 5, 1913|

PRESIDENT WILSON RISES TO AN EMERGENCY

JAMA. 2013;309(13):1325. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.145346.
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April 5, 1913

The recent situation caused by floods and storms was the first emergency to confront the new federal administration, still only a month old, yet there was no delay or lack of readiness to rise to the occasion. President Wilson promptly offered the help of the entire country to the stricken communities. Tents, cots, blankets and food were ordered into the storm-swept and flooded districts, in the most expeditious manner possible. But the President did more than this. Within twenty-four hours after the development of the floods in Ohio and Indiana, he directed three steps to be taken, which, so far as we are aware, are unprecedented. They are also highly significant of the attitude of the President and the new administration toward the activities of the federal government. Yet they were taken so quietly, and so much as a matter of course, that probably nine out of ten of those who read the dispatch from Washington saw no significance in the orders which had been given.

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