TYPHOID AT BUTLER.

TYPHOID AT BUTLER.

At Butler, Pa., which is suffering so severely from a typhoid fever epidemic, owing to polluted water having become mixed with the usually very wholesome water of the city, the pollution is clearly traceable to cases of typhoid fever in close proximity to Thorn run dam, the reservoir of the Butler Water company. The premises surrounding the farnihouse, from which the fever drainage was carried into the Thorn run reservoir, have been thoroughly ditched, and now no drainage can reach the dam In Springdale, the portion of the city not supplied bycity water, there is a comparative absence of typhoid fever. It has an independent supply from four artesian wells. Otherwise the disease is diffuse and no respecter of persons.

If the legislature of Ohio adopts the plans ot the State board of public works, thousands of acres will be bought by the State and submerged. New reservoirs and the enlargement of old ones for the improvement of the canal system are planned by the board. One new reservoir will be built in southern Marion county, and another south of the Lewistown reservoir in Logan county. The Summit county reservoir will be among those enlarged.

TYPHOID AT BUTLER.

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TYPHOID AT BUTLER.

Butler, Pa., was supposed to have a pure and wholesome water supply; in fact, it had been pronounced the best in the State. Yet today one person in every ten is down with typhoid fever, caused, as the State board of health reports, solely by the pollution of the city water supply. The Butler Water company draws its supply from the Conoquessing creek, seven miles from the city, and duly filters it. But the typhoid germs are there, and have found their way into the water from the drainage of the slopes of a typhoid-ridden country district. It is feared the mortality will be very great. Wealthy men have offered $3,000 to drill artesian wells, such, as are in use at Springdale, a part of the first ward of the city, where, since the residents no longer use the company’s water, but only that from the wells, no new cases have arisen, except such as are traceable to the use of water at business places up town. In the heart of the city, where the company’s water is used exclusively, it is feared that hundreds of new. cases will develop. All water is now being boiled before it is used.