Delaware General Assembly




WHEREAS, polio epidemics have been more widespread, with 1951 the fourth successive year in which this cruel disease wrought great havoc amongst the citizens of our country; and

WHEREAS, in rallying to the aid of boys and girls and young men and women stricken by infantile paralysis, the use of March of Dimes funds reached exceedingly great proportions; viz., the sum of $79,000,000 for patient care alone in the last four years; and

WHEREAS, this amount was considerably in excess of the $41,000,000 expended for the same purpose during the entire preceding decade; and

WHEREAS, 29 states have experienced their worst polio epidemics within the last four years, and no one can predict when this upward trend will be curbed; and

WHEREAS, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, now planning the 1952 March of Dimes, requires the utmost public support if its great work is to continue; and

WHEREAS, the 1952 March of Dimes takes place January 2 to 31, 1952, during which time the National Foundation will ask for and deserve generous voluntary contributions from the people of our State and the entire Nation; and

WHEREAS, upon the success of the March of Dimes shall depend the hope and health and happiness of countless American youngsters and adults threatened by the grim visitation of polio;


and call upon each and every citizen to join me in helping to assure the success of the 1952 March of Dimes fight against polio.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Elbert N. Carvel, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Thirty-first day of December, in the Year of Our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One Hundred and Seventy-sixth.


By the Governor:


HARRIS B. McDOWELL, Jr., Secretary of State.