New York Times, “Sanitary Condition of the City,” July 19, 1860

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    “Sanitary Condition of the City,” New York Times, July 19, 1860, p. 4: 5.
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    Sanitary Condition of the City.

    A very good estimate of the size of New-York and of the work that is performed within its limits may be arrived at from the Sanitary Report of the City Inspector for the week ending last Saturday. During those seven days 255 nuisances were abated and 183 notices of nuisances were served, over 1,600 loads of night soil, 500 dead horses and cattle, and some 3,000 barrels of offal were removed from the City limits. The need of unceasing vigilance on the part of the authorities is demonstrated by the fact that 5,573 barrels of diseased meats and fish were seized during the same period, though it does not appear that the people who make a practice of offering unwholesome food for sale receive the punishment that they richly merit. In the department of street-cleaning, 277 laborers were employed, and some 16,000 loads of garbage were carted off.

    This is no very large exhibit for a city like New York. To keep the metropolis in a tolerably clean condition, especially during the Summer months, double this quantity of garbage should be removed. Nevertheless, the City at the present time is unusually healthy – unusually healthy – that is, for New-York. The deaths for the week ending July 15 were less by 155 than the deaths during the corresponding week last year. A large proportion of the deaths were, as usual, among children. The mortality among New-York children during the Summer months is frightful, mainly, of course, among the poorer classes. All who can, should take their children to the country, if only for one day in the week, in order that they may be invigorated by fresh, wholesome air.

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