Excerpt from The Sanitarian, Vol. 13: A Monthly Magazine Devoted to the Preservation of Health, Mental and Physical Culture; July to December, 1884
Closed sewage-tanks movable by night train, closed sewage tanks movable by steam-power on sewage canals and rivers, closed tanks movable by steam-power on the sea, could convey away all this product for fertilization, and deposit it where it could administer its full benefits to the earth. Barren portions of our seacoast could, by these modifications of the separate system, be made the most fertile and beautiful of all our tracts of vegetation.
To the engineer, when once a system were decided on and declared, these modes of transit and many improvements on them would occur. With the engineers it is not our special province to interfere. They exist to carry out what had been determined on, and when they know what the people want they will do what is wanted as surely as they will lay down, after the country had said they must, a new railway or a tele graph. We have but to declare the principle, and get it fixed, that every town in England must be cleansed of its organic excreta out and out, day by day, as certainly as it is supplied with the food that is brought into it, and the thing will be done.
Toward such perfection any powerful society, steadily and resolutely devoting itself, would soon be backed up by the common sense of people who require but a competent instruct ing authority in order to understand the subject accurately. The utter failure of the combined system as a permanent solu tion of the drainage difficulty, and as a mere transition from the cesspool to the method of removal, day by day, combined with immediate and fruitful utilization, is of itself becoming apparent with such swift conviction that it will come, whether assisted or not by our will and deed. But it were wise to hasten it, and it is one of those pressing practical things which we could hasten effectively if, irrespective of all interests but true ones, we laid ourselves out for the duty.
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