The Literary World Volume 12

The Literary World Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...observation of that country before they go, and if they are not going, they may set about the task with all the more reason. It will not prove a task, either, but a pleasure, or we entirely mistake the want. If the book does not help them on in a personal liking for its author at every point, it will help them wonderfully in the work of seeing and understanding England; and that, we suppose, is what it is for. Houghton, Mifllin & Co. $2.00. Sewer-Gas and its Dangers. By G. P. Brown. Jansen, McClurg & Co. $1.25. The subject of this book is of the first importance, and the treatment is original, adequate, and practically suggestive. In fact, it is a trifle too practical, since it leads up to a recommendation of somebody's patent system at Chicago, and so is open to a discount. But we judge it to be honest and trustworthy, nevertheless, and the system advised may be excellent. The book has this curious history: It is the work, not of an architect, nor a plumber, nor a health officer, nor a sanitary engineer; but of a newspaper man, who conceived the idea of making an investigation of Chicago houses, with respect to drainage and ventilation, for the purpose of discovering defects and pointing out the remedy. The newspaper has thus again vindicated its place and power as one of the civilizing agents of the time. Mr. Brown's first chapters are devoted to minute descriptions of what he found, from house to house. Cases of sickness were his guide, and every one was traced to defective drainage. The number of families living over leaky drains and fuming cesspools was something marvelous; and the ignorance on the general subject proves to be one of the most serious public weaknesses of the time. We should say that one of the outcomes of...show more

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  • Paperback | 810 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,420g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123682752X
  • 9781236827524