A HOMELESS woman and her children cast out into the cold in this 19th century illustration. When Seargent S. Prentiss crossed the paths of the unfortunate, he often brought them into the warmth of his home. (Credit: “In the Snow - Homeless,” H. Buckmann, Harper’s Weekly, January 20, 1877) 

In December 1848, an epidemic of cholera plagued New Orleans where Seargent S. Prentiss had recently moved. Prentiss, too, had fallen victim to the scourge, at one point coming very close to death. 

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