Impure Water and Typhoid.
A recent writer in Pearson’s Magazine goes into the discussion of the economic loss from drinking impure water, and cites as an illustration, saying:
“Take Pittsburg, where the typhoid rate was 127 per 100,000 population. Pittsburg is a city with a population in excess of 350,000. Hence its annual death roll from typhoid must have amounted to three and one-half times 127, or something like 444 At $6,000 a life, this death roll cost Pittsburg $2,664,000 a year or $26,640,000 every decade. And the loss to the entire country, figuring the typhoid deaths at 20,000, reaches the astounding total of $120,000,000 a year, or $1,200,000,000 every decade. No nation has a finer supply of water than we have. The trouble is that we are as wasteful of our resources as we are of our forests. And through our water we are as careless of human life as we have been of animal life We create children only to kill them with had water. We rear others to manhood only to strike them down with sewage. The remedy is simple enough The trouble is that the remedy costs money. And we hold the penny of cost so close to our eye that we cannot see the sun of future benefit; from expenditure. I say ‘we’ because this a government of the people by the people, and no governing American body ever yet dared refuse to do what the public really demanded. If sonic one had power to grant von immunity from water borne diseases for $5, you would pay the $5 quick. It would be the best kind of insurance. Net when you are taxed for waterworks you yell. But remember this. As long as you refuse to pay for the right kind of drinking water, that army of 250,000 typhoid patients and another host of helpless babies—370,000 children less than five years old died in 1907—will be recruited year after year for the sacrificial corps that we offer up on the altar of polluted water. Some of your friends will be there, perhaps your baby will be there, and even you yourself may be drafted. In this war money will not buy a substitute.”
Lieutonant Seth Dcrickson, who fractured his left leg while answering an alarm at Nashville, Tenn., has recovered.