Feb. 10, 1853, the Charles Mallory, from San Franciso, arrived off Honolulu
Harbor flying a yellow flag, announcing an outbreak of dreaded smallpox.
The ship was allowed to anchor off Waikiki but immediately put under
strict quarantine. The six passengers, including artist Emmert, were
vaccinated, ushered ashore, and isolated in the house depicted here,
which was located at the edge of what is now Kapiolani Park. The ship
remained quarantined for fourteen days, and presumably the passengers
were restricted for the same length of time. The Marshall of the Hawaiian
Kingdom, William C. Parke, was in charge of the temporary establishment
and advanced money from his own pocket for the support of those confined.
same year, 3,000 Hawaiians in Waikiki died of smallpox, a disease introduced
to Hawai'i by European sailors.
note: Don't you wonder if William C. Parke "advanced money
from his own pocket" for the support of these 3,000 smallpox victims?