Typhoid Epidemic in Minneapolis.
Following publication in the Chicago Tribune recently of charges that an epidemic of typhoid fever exists in Minneapolis, Minn., E. W. Clark, chairman of the water committee denied that the city government was at all responsible for the conditions alleged to exist, He said: “Five years ago the council obtained $1,000,000 for the purification of the water. This was killed by public sentiment. It appeared as if the public did not want to trust the council with that much money. Later the Hazen-C’appeien-Rinker commission recommended sand filtration. Also this was killed by interests outside of the city couneil. This present committee obtained the appointment of a citizens’ pure water commission of 21. Rudolph Hering, an expert of national reputation, was engaged, and his report is expected in a week or two. As soon as the presence of, typhoid was known and a remedy suggested our committee in one week installed the hypochloride of lime purification plant, which in three days made the water practically safe. I fail to see how, when and where any more could have been reasonably expected.”