A choice collection of relics which should be labelled “ Plumbing, and How it is Done in Denver,’’writes a Denver correspondent of The Sanitary News, was placed on exhibition at the city health office last week. The exhibit conveys more information on the subject in one minute than could be learned from weeks of hard study at the public library. At the same time the inquirer is led to wonder that the death-rate of the city is not triple the rate reported from month to month. If sewer-gas is one tenth as dangerous as is commonly supposed, it is a marvel that hundreds of people living in the older residences of the city are alive to-day.
The curiosities include everything in the shape of a pipe— iron pipe, lead pipe, tin pipe, zinc pipe and pipe manufactured out of tin foil, which at one time did service as a wrapper for plugs of tobacco. Then the ingenious methods of uniting the ends of the pipes together would drive an ordinary mechanic crazy. In some cases a coating of solder was used so thin that a sheet of paper would have proven much more efficacious as a fastener.
Under the floor of a bedroom was found an iron pipe five inches in diameter, connecting the water closet with the sewer. A section of the pipe is shown which some genius attempted to mend by wrapping a piece of tin around the pipe, the tin being held in place by a wire fastening. The inspector forgot to ask how many deaths from typhoid fever had occurred in the house.
An oddity in the shape of a trap was shown which was taken from a sleeping-room of one of the hotels. The inspector explains that the trap was certain to permit the escape of deadly gas. regardless ot any attempt to shut off the flow.
Samples of plumbing are shown from Capital hill houses and from terraces of the city which show criminal negligence of propertyowners in failing to engage competent workmen to make repairs. Inspector Me Gann says that most of the bad work was done years ago, when the city made no attempt to inspect the plumbing.