Wow! They don’t write journal articles like that anymore. It sounds like an opening from a Sherlock Holmes story, or some other detective or investigator dreamed up by H.P. Lovecraft. Instead, it’s the opening sentence of a scientific article entitled “The work of a chronic typhoid germ distributor” from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) way back in 1907, by a chap called George Soper (the hero of our story), and it deals with one of the most famous/infamous outbreaks of typhoid of modern times.
Cue dramatic music…!