N. O. T E S . Since the commencement of the tabulation of this report, and after some of the tables of deaths had been made up and printed, three bodies of drowned persons were discovered, - all of whom, judging by the circumstances surrounding their disappearance, should be included in the total mortality of 1902, making the total 11,000 deaths instead of 10,997, the number upon which the tables are based. These decedents were all males, white, and married ; one was 40 years of age, one 46 years, and one 25 years; one was born in Ireland of Irish parentage, one in Norway of Norwegian parentage, and one in Massachusetts, parentage unknown ; two resided in Boston and one in Cambridge; two were laborers and one a sailor; the native of Norway was accidentally drowned, and of the other two the cause was returned as “ Found Drowned.” It having been requested that some notice be taken of the ratio of deaths to number of living persons of each age-period noted by the census of 1900. The following table gives such ratios as based on the population of 1900. DEATHS IN BOSTON IN 1902. There were 10,997 * deaths recorded by this department in 1902, a decrease of 308 from the number recorded in 1901, or 2.63 per cent. The population of Boston, being estimated at 588,713, the following table, based on that estimate, will show the mortality in different classes of the population and the death rates of each. The death rate, based on the whole number of deaths occurring in the city, was 18.78. Deaths in Population, Dooths, To op. each 1,000 1902. 1902. death in i. popuation. Total population . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 588,713* 10,997 53.53 18.64 Males. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28S,587% 5,668 50.91 19.9S Females . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 300,126* 5,329 56.31 I7.75 Whites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575,213* 10,639 54.06 18.49 Colored. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,500* 35S 34.91 26.51 American born. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 381,7SO’s 7,132 53.53 1S. 68 Foreign born..... * e s e e e s e e s a s e s 206,933* 3,734 55.41 18.04 American parentage. . . . . . . . . . . 148,675* 2,124; 70.00 14.28 Foreign parentage. . . . . . . . . . . . . 440,038* 6,983 63.01 15, S4 TOTAL MORTALITY, RESIDENTs, NON-RESIDENTs, AND UNKNOWN. The rate of mortality in 1902 was .92 per cent. less than the rate for 1901. Decedents were divided as to sex as follows: Males, 5,668; females, 5,329 — a decrease in the number of deaths of males, as against those for 1901, of 240, or 4.06 per cent. ; the decrease in deaths of females was 68, or 1.26 per cent. The number of decedents who were residents of Boston was 9,900 (5,038 males, 4,862 females), or 156 less males and 52 less females than in 1902. The number of non-residents who died in Boston was 853, or 33 less than in 1901. The number of deaths recorded with residence unknown was 244 (131 males and 113 females), a decrease of 67 (48 males and 19 females) from the record of 1901. There were 675 still-born infants which are not included in the total number of deaths as given above. * Estimated. t Both parents American. a There were three deaths returned subsequent to the compiling of these tables, making total 11,000. * Table I. shows the number of deaths in each of the wards, the number of non-residents, and of those whose residence was unknown, by age-periods. The greatest number of deaths in any ward was 628, in Ward 6, or 7 less than in 1901. The least number of deaths in any ward was 240, in Ward 4. Table I. gives the population (estimated) of each ward, the number of deaths in each, and the ratios and percentages of each PROPORTION OF DEATHS To PopULATION OF WARDs, DEATH RATES BY WARDS, AND DEATHS OF FIVE YEARS AND UNDER, witH PERCENTAGES. (TABLE I.) Greatest and Least Mortality in Wards. – The greatest mortality in any ward occurred in Ward 6 — the number of deaths was 628, or 5.71 of the total mortality of the city, and 6.34 per cent. of the total mortality of residents of Boston; the lowest mortality was in Ward 4, 240, or 2.18 per cent. of the total mortality of the city, and 2.42 per cent. of the total mortality of residents of Boston. The greatest mortality on the basis of ward population occurred in Ward 7, 2.59 per cent., and the lowest in Ward 22, 1.30 per cent. In Ward 7 there was one death to every 38 persons, and in Ward 22 one death to every 77 persons. GREATEST AND LEAST MORTALITY OF CHILDREN IN WARDs. The greatest number of deaths of children under 1 year of age in any ward was in Ward 6, 192, or 9.22 per cent. of the total mortality less than 1 year of age; the least number of deaths in this class for any ward was 27, in Ward 11, or 1.29 per cent. The greatest number of deaths in 1901 of this class was 157, in Ward 6 ; the least number in 1901 was 30, in Ward 11. There was a greater number of deaths of infant males in 1902 than in 1901, and a smaller number of deaths of infant females than in 1901. The total infant mortality amongst residents of Boston in 1902 was 2,081; in 1901 it was 2,074. The greatest mortality among children under 5 years of age in any ward was 295, in Ward 6, or 9.51 per cent. of the total mortality of children under 5 years of age, and the least mortality in this class was in Ward 11, 46, or 1.48 per cent. The total mortality of infants in the city, including non-residents and those whose residence was unknown, was 2,268, or 20.62 per cent. of the total of all deaths in the city; the whole number of deaths of children 5 years of age and under was 3,376, or 30.67 per cent. of the total of all deaths in the city. ADULT MORTALITY. Between the ages of 20 and 70 years there were 5,625 decedents, or 51.15 per cent. of the total mortality in the city; the number was 98 less than in 1901. The greatest number of deaths of any age-period within these years was 638, in the 60 to 65 year period; this number was 11.34 per cent. of the total mortality of the city between the ages of 20 and 70 years. The greatest number of deaths in any age-period between 20 and 70 years in 1901 was 643 in the 35 to 40 year period, and this number was 11.23 per cent. of the total mortality in the city between those ages. There were 1,369 persons who died at a greater age than 70 years, or 12.45 of the total mortality; the |