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Farther out lay the three-masted schooner


. They

had had a good wind from Copenhagen. The first day they

beat to windward, but after they were free of Skagerrak, the

wind blew from the south and southeast. For seven days

they traveled with full sails, and at midnight they dropped

anchor at Tórshavn’s harbor.

Finally, the trunks were unloaded and the passenger turned

to Tóvó. At that, the amusement left the boy’s eyes; the

passenger saw that this laughter prone person was a six year

old who had come out to Vippan to watch. The passenger’s

gaze was friendly, albeit searching. He took an orange from

his coat pocket and handed the boy the odd reddish-yellow

object. Tóvó didn’t know Danish, but he understood

enough to know that an


was something you could


Manicus and Panum

It had been only two weeks since the newspapers in the

Danish capital had published an account of the measles

epidemic ravaging the Faroe Islands. The article first

appeared in


on June 17, 1846, and even though

it was uncredited, one could guess that Dr. Napoleon was

the author; or that, inspired by Dr. Napoleon, it had been

written by Niels C. Winther, or Doffa, as his friends called


Berlingske Tidende

reprinted the article and the news

was deemed so alarming that the Rentekammer