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Au Sable River Polluted.

Issue 21 and Volume 45.

Au Sable River Polluted. A Plattsburgh, N. Y., correspondent writes under date of May 18 that the “pulp-mills have forced the people of Keeseville to the artesian well for drinking water. Bids for the installation of wells are being received by the village authorities. The people cannot drink the polluted waters of the Au Sable, which formerly furnished them with as pure water as could be found in the Adirondacks, because of its noisome smell and the slimy deposits of pulp-mill sludge with which it is surcharged. The State commissioner of health says he is powerless, under the existing health laws—which the last legislature refused to amend—to prevent the mills from dumping their waste-products into the Au Sable and other northern New York streams, unless it can be proved that they are actually putting human life in imminent danger. The late John Gabbs, a prominent citizen of Keeseville, made affidavit…

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