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Colonial Cases

R. v. Schmitz, 1893

[shipping, quarantine]

R. v. Schmitz

Police Court, Hong Kong
25 January 1893
Source: North China Herald, 3 February, 1893

25th January.
Before Commander W. C. H. Hastings, R.N.
  Commandant Schmitz of the M.M. steamer Melbourne was charged by E. J. Meugens, boarding officer, with having on the 24th, while his vessel was flying the quarantine flag, unlawfully neglected to proceed to the quarantine anchorage, contrary to the regulations of the port.
  Mr. A. B. Johnson, Crown Solicitor, prosecuted.
  Mr. Meugens stated that about 7 a.m. on the 24th he observed the steamer Melbourne at her buoy flying the quarantine flag. He went alongside and asked if there was any sickness on board. The defendant came to the steamer's side and said, "Never mind." Witness told him that if he had sickness on board he must proceed to the quarantine ground, but if not he must haul down the flag and lower the ladders.
  Defendant said that he arrived in Hongkong on Monday night at 10.30. When he left Shanghai he had not a clean bill of health, there being one case of sickness on board. He was not sure, however, whether it was small-pox or not, though the steamer carried a doctor. On arriving he anchored during the night in Kowloon Bay and in broad daylight next morning proceeded to his buoy, blowing his whistle as he did so. The M.M. Co.'s launch came alongside shortly after 7 o'clock and he asked the agent to send a doctor to determine the nature of the sickness. No one was allowed to come on board. When the boarding officer spoke to him he said, "Never mind," because it would not have done to say anything about contagious diseases before the passengers. The doctor arrived and he proceeded to the quarantine anchorage. He did not know where it was until the doctor directed him.
  His Worship imposed a fine of $250, which was paid. - Daily Press.

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