Leadership

FIRE AND WATER.

Issue 22 and Volume 1895 16.

FIRE AND WATER. TYPHOID fever has appeared in Watertown, N. Y., and though the epidemic is subsiding there are grave apprehensions that the cause will be ultimately traced to the pollution of the water supply. Windsor, Vt., had a similar epidemic which was due wholly to polluted water and Lancaster, Pa., in a state bordering on a panic for the same cause. It is impossible to exercise too much care in this respect, and it seems now as though the smaller cities and towns were the worst offenders against ordinary decency. Large cities are adopting scientific precautionary measures much more rapidly than smaller ones, and the result is that the death rate in large cities is constantly going down, while it is almost stationary or on the increase in smaller places. This is due largely to a misunderstanding of hygienic principles, while large cities have long ago discovered that water…

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