Typhoid Fever and Pumps.
The fact that the majority of cases of typhoid fever arise from infected drinking water is firmly established. This is proved in part by the diminution of the number of cases in any city or district following the introduction of an improved system of water supply. In Washington, for instance, which is built on low, flat ground, the large number of pump wells which had become contaminated by cesspools and water closets was a very sure means of spreading typhoid fever, and by a carefully prepared map showing the situation of pumps and the houses in which typhoid had appeared the connection between the two was quite evident. The health authorities have taken the matter in hand and have begun to condemn and remove or chain the pumps. As each month goes by the good effects of this change has becomeevidcnt in the large decrease of the cases of that filth disease. A wise city government and a good health officer shoulj be able to keep such preventable diseases from any city.—Popular Health Magazine.