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The cholera is coming. There is no use in getting greatly excited over it, but as it is likely to make ravages in this country before the year is over, it is well enough to consiilcr it. Every thirteen years it starts In the Oriƫnt and rapidly extends WesUvard. As conimuuication becomes more easy and rapid the ineans for the transmission of the dread disease are greater, and, aided as it is by the large emigration hltherward, there is every opportunity for its introdiiction among us almost before we are aware. We all well know that "au ounce of prevention isbetter than a pound of cure" so It behooves us to see to it that the "terror'' shall not be invited to our homes by poor drainage or by the exposure of garbage in proximity to our doors. No stagnant pools should exhale their poisonous breaths into the faces of innocent children; nonoisome stench emanating fijDm decaying vegetation should weaken constitutions and prepare them as easy victims for the cholera. Yards should be raked over and kept clean; holes where moisture collects should be iilled up or drained ofl'; cellars should bepurifiedand ventilated; cisterns should be cleaned yearly; privy vaults should be seen to, and due regard should be giren to personal care and cleanliness. The most of these things must be done by private citlzens, but some of it devolves upon the municipality. Where such places as the " Cat-hole " exist,- of which complaint is made in another column - it is expedient for the city to take measures to have it drained and the nuisance abated. Itcertainly must bc very unhealthy for its neighbors, and if the cholera comes it wonld not be surprising if it made the fust assault upon our city in that direction. Good sanitary methods are good proofs of ciyilization.


Ann Arbor Courier
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