March 8 - 1921: Cocaine and morphine found floating in the Canal

2007: Wampanoags face health clinic crunch
The Sandwich-Sagamore end of the Cape Cod Canal.

1921: Mysterious drug cache found in Sagamore

A zinc container with 65 bottles of morphine, 15 bottles of cocaine, and a large quantity of acetate of morphine

On this day in 1921, as described by Donald G. Trayser in "Cape Cod Historical Almanac" -

A mysterious zinc container found at the Sagamore end of the Cape Cod Canal a few days ago according to the Yarmouth Register in 1921 has federal revenuers investigating.

Captain Arron Barnes of the Atlantic Coastwise Transportation coal barge Camden, bound through the canal to Boston, spied the container, put out in a small boat and hauled it ashore.

It was full of bottled medicines, and since Captain Barnes couldn't figure out what the stuff was, he sent up to the village, and druggist Harry D. Pratt came down. The find proved to be drugs: 65 bottles of sulfate of morphine, 15 bottles of cocaine, and a large quantity of acetate of morphine, altogether valued at about $15,000. Internal Revenue officers are trying to trace ownership, according to the story.

$15,000 in 1921 is the equivalent of $200,000 today.

2007: Indians Face Health Clinic Crunch

Wampanoags turned down at Boston clinic

On this day in 2007 in Boston, workers at the North American Indian Center said they were told not to treat the Mashpee Wampanoag of Cape Cod, whose ancestors shared Thanksgiving dinner with the Pilgrims.

But they were allowed to keep offering free health services to the tribe's members after they read the text of the 1976 law to their federal funders.

"We actually got requests from IHS (The Indian Health Service) to deny service to the Mashpees," said Barbara Namias, who oversees community health programs at the Boston clinic. "We had to refer them back to the legislation."

The painting is "The First Thanksgiving 1621" by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1899). It shows common misconceptions about the event that persist to modern times: Pilgrims did not wear such outfits, and the Wampanoag are dressed in the style of Native Americans from the Great Plains.


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