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A Pressing Need

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Ed. Courier : - F rom time to time I have noticed in the columns of the Courier articles advocating the building of sewers in Ann Arbor. But it is now some time since anything in refereuce thereto has been said. . In view of that fact is it not about time to again agítate that subject? The city can go on as it is going, filling the earth with night soil and saturating the air with foul gasses from cesspools, and, just so long as it does go on in the present course, just so long will disease keep constantly increasing. Our doctors, although they are numeróos, are all kept busy, and such a thing as an idle physieian in Ann Arbor will never be known, so long as the present plan of disposing of sewerage is continued. Supposing it should cost the city $100,000 to build a first-class main sewer? What is $100,000 compared with the good health, and the lives of our cliildren and ourselves? It is nothing. There are men in our city who would plank down $100,000 rather than give up their lives; yet the community goes on allowing disease breeders to constantly accumulate and endanger the life of every living soul in it. When sewers are spoken of the cry is immediiitely met: "Oh, we can't afibrd sewers yet. They cost too much." Citizens of Ann Arbor, it is costingtoo much to be without sewers. We ure paying dearly every week and every day for our penuriousness. We are breathing iuto our bodies geruis of disease that may end in death, or may cause what is worse, long suffering on beds of sickness. For one, I like the physiciana of this city. As a rule they are excellent men, and they do a great deal to alleviate suffering, and they very seldom forget to charge for it. But they are as eharitable as are other business men. But that is not the point. We ought to have this fine, beautif ully located city so free froin disease, that at least half of the M. D.'s would have to emigrate to a more sii-kly locality. This want is a pressing one. It is a irying need. In fact it is a shame to Ann Arbor, a city of 10,000 inhabitants, with such an excellent system of water vvorks, to be without a system of sewers. Ann Arbor is practacally free from debt, and there is no excuse forwaiting. Action should be taken at once. Give us sewers. Yours,


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