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Mix, C. O. - Sgt


Sergeant Who Contracted Disease in Cuba Expires in Lonely Cottage

SAVANNAH, Ga., Dec. 13--Death removed probably the only case of leprosy in the United States Army today, when First Sergeant C. O. Mix of the Seventy-second Company Coast Artillery died in his lonely cottage on the Fort Screven Reservation. The body will be buried with full military honors in the National Cemetery, in accordance with the last request of the dead soldier.

Mix served in the Cuban campaign during the Spanish-American war, where he contracted the disease. His father died recently, leaving him $40,000, but the money was of no avail to him. His pay as a soldier also had accumulated.

An interesting story is told of the discovery of the nature of Sergt. Mix's disease. Gen. Adna R. Chaffee, retired, then commander of the department in which Fort Screven is located, was on a tour post with several officers. Sergt. Mix and two or three of his comrades were sauntering along and saluted the officers as they passed.

Gen. Chaffee was struck by the peculiar appearance of Mix.

"What's the matter with that man?" he asked.

"Why, we don't know, General," answered one of the officers. "He came up from Cuba recently, where he had served during the Spanish war, and soon afterward was placed on the sick list. His case is baffling the surgeons, none of whom seems to be able to diagnose it."

"He has leprosy," said Gen. Chaffee, who, fresh from the Philippines and service in China during the Boxer campaign, had see cases of that disease.

Investigation by the surgeons soon demonstrated the truth of Gen. Chaffee's diagnosis, and from that time Sergt. Mix lived a life of isolation at the post.

The New York Times, New York, NY 14 Dec 1909

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