A Word From Mr. Hill.
Editor FIRE AND WATER;
Dear Sir:—Permit me to thank you for your kind and full abstract of my paper on the “Quality of Water Supplies.” I feel that this question should be kept before the people until they realize their danger, and takesteps to meet it. From typhoid fever alone we are now losing annually 35,000 lives and from other fevers showing typhoid symptoms quite 15,000 more or annually we are losing in this country alone a city of 50,000 people with no serious effort on the part of municipal corporations to check the disease.
In Europe they handle the matter better than we do. The quality of water supplied to London is such that their death rate there from typhoid fever is one-fourth of our average rate for the whole country, and less by nearly one-third than that of any city in the United States. The death rates for Berlin, Vienna and Munich are all much below that of London, I am very grateful for the kind and energetic interest you have taken in this subject, and I hope by our joint efforts some good may be accomplished somewhere.
Very truly yours,
JOHN W. HILT,