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A Great Flood

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When Prof. Edwards awoke on Sunday naornirjg and opened bis window, he saw the street ia front of bis reeidence transformëd into a minature lake. He might have heen greatly surprised had he not witnessed this same coudition of affairs many times before during the recent heavy rains. He could not look down in the clear, blue waters of this lake for they were neither clear or blue, because they had rolled down the various gutters of the sixth ward and carried along much of the loóse material found therein. How was this lake formed? It is stated that many years ago certain aldermen of the sixth ward attempted to make themselvesiamous by establishing grades and gutters to carry off the surface water froin the streets. When they reached the corner of Monroe and East University avenue their mission ceased, and a Board of Public Works was appointed to carry out the work of that nature. This Board immediately began to study the problem, "How to carry the surface water beyond the point where the aldermen left off." A kind friend would now and then offer the members ot the Board some friendly assistance in solving the problem, showing, that for a small sum of money, (about the ainount paid for two street crossings or onefourth the sum that was paid for the culvert at the end of East University avenue) this nuisance might be forever abated. During these long years in which the Board of Public Works have been trying to solve the drainage problem, many valuable houses have been built, and the property owners have attempted to beautify this street, but the city has not given one dollar to aid them. The Board of Public Works has changed, yet the members have never shown a desire to take up the work where tlie aldermen left it. There it stands (the water) a record of skillful engineering with nö outlet except the cellars of surrounding houses. report that a member of the Board of Public Works came nearto being drowned in this lake is not true, but, a man while attempting to cross it last Sunday lost his way and has not been seen since. However, the imprecations which he uttered about impassable streets still hang over the place, a ghostly warning to belated travellers. Signed, A Kesidext. A correspondent of the Americau Farmer says: "I oíftén wonder why so many who live in the country seeni to look omly 011 the dlan-k skle of the ir htoine liie. I liived lm the country until I was twenty-fi've, and in the the nvemory there is far more eunliine than shalow; ín fast, I often look bat-k upo'a t'hose da-j-s wiith an indescribab!e loecinir. llany farmer snee so graephng auill speud so little money on hixuriie.s, or Irequently even nece.ssi.tves, that to thir famalios life if; lint bright. Ot they inay live om the froótter, far trom churcl-, schools, or town, a ml thus be diprived of many privücucs. Hut given' a gxjiod farm out of debt, tlve pTodnce of "wh'ii'h more than makes a bare iivinc;, sc'liools, good neighborhood and a farmer with a. sou] above lioardiiiK every dollar taward the pur■liase of more land. and you have the liapptest, most independent life inimaginable."


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