POLLUTION OF CANADIAN LAKES.
The Canadians of Ontario are beginning to agitate for the prevention of the pollution of their lakes by sewage, as the result of the advent of a large summer population to their shores, owing to the opening up of the Province by railways. Muskoka lake forms one example. It has always been a favorite vacation resort for those who could afford the time and the money to camp out or build on its shores or those of its various branches. The number of summer visitors has kept increasing year by year, and now. since the Canadian Pacific and the Canadian Northern will be carrying cottagers and week-end trippers to that territory. the purity of the lake and its surrounding watershed will be still further endangered. The offshoots of the lake arc lakes Rosscau and Joseph. These unite with the Muskoka river, of which lake Muskoka is a broad and deep expansion, a few miles below at Bracehridge. 1 he nortii branch brings down the waters of a dozen considerable lakes and streams extending upwards to Algonquin Park; the south branch drams lake of Bays and Hollow lake, to say nothing of many smaller ones. The whole of these collected waters escape to the Georgian bay by a single stream, which splits into two, known as the Moon and Musquash rivers. All the lakes of. the system serve as settling basins for the deposit of organic matters, harmless enough, so long as the district was covered by the primeval forest, but by no means so innocuous, now that cultivated farms abound, and that summer resort villages and hotels are springing up in hundreds of desirable places. Already a note of warning on the subject of Muskoka sanitation has been sounded by the secretary of the Provincial board of health, and none too soon, if the district is to maintain its high reputation as a sanitary and vacation resort.
Mayor VY. R. Joyner, of Atlanta, Ga„ and Chief Engineer Tvson. of Louisville. Ky., recently made a trio to Indianapolis to inspect horses for the fire service of the Kentucky city. They report that it is difficult to procure suitable animajs for this special work,