The “Happy Eremite”
In another column is published a letter from A. N. French, superintendent of the Seneca Falls, N. Y., water works, in which he calls attention to an article published in The Outlook of March 5, emphasizing especially the attitude of the author of the article who is a regular contributor to the weekly in question under the pseudonym of the “Happy Eremite,” as regards the wasting of water. In the article that calls forth Mr. French’s very just criticism the Happy Eremite is comparing the rural life to that in the suburbs, and sets forth that one of the advantages of suburban life, as it appeals to him, is the fact that he can waste water to his heart’s content, and feel no responsibility, in the matter. A little further down in the same paragraph the writer refers to the definition, as set forth in the dictionary, of the word “eremite” as one who thinks in solitude. We very much fear that the meditations of the hermit in question have taken a very wrong and most unfortunate twist, as a very little consideration, tinged with common sense, would have taught him that every drop of the water that he so nonchalantly delights to run awav, will eventually be paid for by him in increased water rates, or if he is not required to pay directly for his water, in increased rental. It seems that the heresy that this writer teaches must have “got by” the vigilant eye of the editor of The Outlook, as we can hardly believe that our esteemed contemporary would knowingly allow such a dangerous teaching to appear in its columns, even in lighter vein.
The city of New Castle, Pa., is considering establishment of the two-platoon system.