Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Volume 25 of the K-State Collegian on Oct. 11, 1918.
There will be no classes on the Hill tomorrow — nor for eight days following. In accordance with a proclamation issued yesterday afternoon by President JArdine all class room work will be laid aside beginning tomorrow morning and take up again on Monday morning, October 21.
The action closing college for this period of time was taken in compliance with the state-wide closing order issued yesterday as an effort to prevent the further spread of influenza. The closure order may be continued for a longer period, if the health authorities determine that it is necessary.
“During the coming week, the safest place for the students will be in Manhattan,” said President Jardine in speaking of the order. “The health of the civilian population has never better. There is scarcely any sickness. Students would be especially urged to stay in town and not go to their homes where the disease may be carried and more likely contracted on trains on the way.
“The state department of health has asked me to appeal to your patriotism to aid in the earnest effort that is being put forth to stamp out this epidemic of influenza. You can easily co-operate when you are so greatly needed at this hour. This closure order does not apply to the men in the Students’ Army Training Corps. Their instructions come from their commanding officer and arrangements will be made that will be most beneficial and wise under the present circumstances.”