THE POLLUTION OF STREAMS IN INDIANA.
INDIANA is a highly favored land, so far as water is concerned. It has no great lakes within its bounds, but, by way of making up for that, it abounds in rivers and streams, while its underground supply is boundless. The cry goes up, however, that, owing to the inaction of the State and municipal authorities, the purity of the sources of the water supply has been ruiued by the waste matter from factories, cities, and towns being allowed to discharge into it, the result of which has been to turn them into open sewers, whereby the health of the community is endangered, and the possibilities of utilizing them as sources of food supply are rendered vain. The Ash in the various lakes and streams have perished, and the violations of the laws of sanitation have caused very serious consequences. The recent legislation on the subject has at best served only to con fuse matters, and, while not intended to have that effect, has virtually been in favor of the owners and operators of the factories built upon the banks of the various rivers and streams, and renders it nearly impossible to hinder them from still turning these Into open sewers. The State board of health seems to be utterly inefficient m its operations against this crying evil, and certainly is apparently utterly powerless to put it down. But it mast not be forgotten that there is a powerlessness which is affected for reasons best known to those so affected, and a powerlessness which arises from sheer sloth and apathy. The stii ring-up of a healthy public opinion In the matter would have the same wholesome effect as a powerful electric battery applied to a human patient similarly affected.