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Tuberculosis Day: a Proclamation.(8 November 1914.)

We often speak of inalienable rights, among which are "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Liberty and happiness will follow if we put the emphasis on life. For centuries man has sought happiness and ignored the essentials of life, attributing to Providence physical suffering and death. Why not attribute physical vigor and the joy of good health to Providence?

The ravages of the White Plague are appalling. Hardly a family in Michigan, hardly a family in the United States that has not suffered directly or indirectly from this plague.

Cleanliness in birth, cleanliness in person, cleanliness in the use of air, water, food, clothing, shelter, work, thought and purpose made for godliness.

Teach and train all of the people to think less of physical sins, teach and train all of the people to think more and know more of the laws of health. The industrial world is fast coming to appreciate the tremendous value of all sanitary agencies. The right of an industry to exist rests on the necessity of conserving life, rests on the necessity of enriching life physically, mentally and morally. Physical righteousness exalteth a nation.

Therefore, I, Woodbridge N. Ferris, Governor of the State of Michigan, urge the observance of Sunday, November the 29th as Tuberculosis Day.

Source: Tuberculosis Day Proclamation. Addresses and Writings, Box 6. Woodbridge N. Ferris Papers. University Archives. Ferris State University.