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SEWAGE AND SOCIETYv
, We are proud of our "strictly modej-n houses" and our open
What would you say if you were told that these things are' the
peril of the human race?
' Yet in some respects they are. They enable people to, live de
cently and wholesomely in huge cities, 'and the poisons and toxins
and wastes of human life are disposed of in the form of sewage.
'Great things ! Yes. Splendid triumph of modern ingenuity!
But through the sewers of our cities our streams and lakes are
being contaminated, the disease which Pittsburg, Chicago and other
'cities and towns avoid for themselves is flushed out into the rivers
and lakes to poison other communities, if not now, in the future.
- And pouring out with these poisons goes the-fertility of our
soil. The price we pay for our cities is the permanent loss of the
'soil which alone makes civilization possible. Sewage is soil in so
lution. In Bradford, England, the sewage sludge is rendered tb remove
'the grease which is sold as "Yorkshire grease" for $40 a' ton. The
-residue is sold for $2.50 a ton as fertilizer. Some of it is shipped to
the United States. The same methods are 'adopted at-Tadcaster.
'At (Ehoriey the sludge is made up into gas. At Manchester the
sewage is filtered in great beds and the sludge sold for fertilizer for
-$5 a ton. The demand isjjreater than the supply.
c At Kingston-on-Thames the sludge is mixed with other fertil
izer by a private company and sold after drying for $15 to $20 a
rton. At Norwich a plant isjjoing up for recovering the 'grease from
fthe sewage, and selling the residue as fertilizer. It is rather richer
than barnyard manure.
' At Leeds the sludge is distilled for the ammonia, and the residue
made into artificial stone and brick. At Oldham the grease is re-covered
and the residue sold for' fertilizer. In Dublin, Ireland, the
lteludge is treated and sold in powdered form for fertilizer for $12
Thus is our waste prevented in more civilized lands. No profit
lis made, in most cases, by the operation. But the sewage is dis
posed of, and the lands arendt cheated. Do we not owe something
to our grandchildren?"
tf o o
"Patrick, you .were on a bad
I "Yis, sorr, I wuz. Bless me, if
-I weren't a-Jayin' in the gutter
jyvid a pig. Father Dunn came
along, looked at me, an' says,
says he: 'One is known by the
company he kapes.' "
"And did you get up, Patrick?"
"No, but the pig did."
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