The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) May 28, 1881
A SPECIMEN BOARD OF HEALTH. Upon the other side of the Sabine there exists a Beard of Health that has profited remarkably well by the teachings of the national institution of that name. It has fixed it gaze intently upon New Orleans as the pourceof contagion of the Mississippi Valley, and seeks rather to protect the people of the Cre - cent City than improve the sanitary condition of their own locality. We have often trembled when admonished that we "should hear from (ialveston," and had really pictured pictured to ourselves an organization of portentous proportions and imperial imperial power. The fact is, however, we have been frightened by a sham fort. The frowning batteries batteries are only logs, and the vigilant sentinels but mannikins. The Galveston News recently detailed detailed a reporter to hunt up the Board of Health and inform the ptib - lic what it was doing. We suppose the people of our sister city have heretofore taken it for graMbd that the health authorities which watched the condition of New Orleans so closely were doing something for home benefit. The journalist at last foundMr. N.N. John, a memberof the board, upon the street, from which fact we infer that the institution has no office, but is gotten together occasionally at some corner grocery. The magnitude of the operations of the concern can be inferred from the following extracts from the interview interview : As the Board of Health is only permitted to work under the jurisdiction of the Hoard .ri Aldermen, and uf re.j olsltlon, the present present efforts amount to nothing more than a turce. The Hoard of Health .tskexl for MO.WO. to ie used as they thought best under their indirection. Instead of irrantlDir this re mest. the Council made an appropriation of oal.i Jj'k), winch was to be expended under lit Jr direction, and which sjui the Hoard of Health have no means of reaching exoept v 1 1 iHtsitlon. The Hoard of i I ealth has no power to oon - iru'i for anything. le aue they have no 1 1 uey with wh'.. h :o pay for any frviee i - rf.irujed. As I catt - d before, if the ttkl'h phy - ieian and the romcuitte ap - iDted by the Bo.ird of Health to 00 operate ith him. Dr. Mc(lanahn and myself, e the necessity Kr any outlay In the tt rent or sanitation, we must simply make 11 i,ulsitlon upon tlw Coauoll. That Is to n , e iumt instruct the City Enitine - r .;! Overneer of Streets as to tbc work we - tie to have dore. When thiy have pT or i!i d it tht - y ! f pur: to r he f on n 311 and t be iv pa s for it on: of the fund appropriated ' i peintar;. p;irpo - , whli - h m erroneously 'pptistd U be In ttie h:id of the Hjard nf .Mi. The herculean task which now on - : - ages the attention of this mammoth . :titution is the construction of ;liree small gutter of pine lumber, ' cost each, and that the noble - .uiitarians aro eiual to tlie effort mM be judged by the remark of Mr. .lohu : The tilth !t.und m these places was avoiu - n.ible, and tlit - pe iiu - ani'e will soon b - i a el. As soiin as thene drains are eoui - iIeted other operations of a eaultary nature ill be attendel to. Put the interview with Ir. Clark i ampbell, health physician of Gal - eston, throws more light upon the subject. From the words of this officer we should infer that the people people of Galveston have reached that frame of mind which is enjoyed by Memphis. Death is welcomed in any other foim than yellow fever; a corpse is healthy that has not parted with its vitality under the grip of an infectious disease. He says: Nuiicithstdniiiny the heary mortality shown by the mortuary report last week and the fact that there Is a good deal of sickness prevailing at present, the sanitary condition ' very good. The prevailing sickness does not Include any types of what are known s tilth diseases no typhoid or other fevers of that olass. With conscious pride the Doctor tells the reporter that local inspection of premises is carried out rigidly. The force at the command of the board consists of the janitor. This ubiquitous individual is Inspector General, and carries under his coat the entire sanitary force of the Texas metropolis. The guileless reporter, it is true, asks, " Can one man look after all the premises in the city and lo it justice V and is answered, "No, nil - ." The Health 'riicer becomes uite interesting when he describee the other employee of the board. He naively explains the balance of the sanitary operations as follows : "What becomes of the a;irbage gathered li li e i lty ' Where Is tt damped !" ' Hut ath red In the astern portion o' l.e Is and Is hauled out to the vaul end. vi ere '' i"'t lo enKawed in dlpCK - lnii a treuon ; ! iiry it. In the west end tiie Karbiiirn is ' mped in the liay at the .'oo o? 1 hlrty . . 'ni eitr - et. Thf duniplm: gronnrt i. hov mi, l:(iie to be :.m .it at, y ilitie ' , . i mi' nt"' V. e Jmve no more rithtto ite a iiulcancti ian anyrr.l" eUe 1 tive ' o t lie if ; : i mi f r . , : a. it i tlie k - arta,' au.i - I :i o v. t o mi i.e T i! is iniief'l 1U elM'O'ir.l tTl li I' u: - , and g:ve rmunl to liopv 'lillt Ullou 1'iVir will Iieel n - T.t,!l nine inti I."',i - ;aii ! ti i . r!i Ti - .' dul it; it in ii - t in - ,i i vt on n ! - .o'.li I III tin ii ! ;un as tin tin - r uttti of z ... .. ii - a ;iair ilitch M 1 " It S (l 1 II ! i . '.',! i - ' . ; i : : i . . : ; ji , w 1 1 1 I i . i ; . 'i then 1 1 1 v : i t 1 . - k : 1 . : k" i :. tl !.! t:ooi . ;i : 1 1 : i, !. i . am! tin - mite. ''' ::l ' lie lioi e ' " p'aif v here tl to (lump. ;ititl "lie l ical it v t in - 1 I,, - 1 I.I II ill iVI I i v i ly cm : - i 1 1 : : ' ; : oin a. ouutl unt :1 he tind. - 'U i in - ii w li, - :e tiiet t 4 other neigii'm i.o . - hi'tjftilt tn .i. uhle t tiort - . Now, heleatti view this ma. i:. m h;s ia'.id - : . wiit - n o;i p, pie :i.ifTciu Hoaid t i gin nuly at liov. Health pulling Hoberts's coat ta a. - he .HlUltv i li the la - e of the people of the I uitcd thies his lueiiif.a! nuaiantine syg - tirt;, we think it i about time they cht.uld rise up a:nl say something in our defense. 1 he magnnicent salt mine at Petite Petite Anse Island in Southwestern Louisiana is now being worked on a 'irge ncale. The American Salt ( iii pany now owtiing the deposit "if to make New Orleans its i . .'. di - triluting point in the future. The first two cargoes hare already been received, and the shipments shipments here the coming season will aggregate about 200,000 sacks. This salt is of excellent quality and the present managers understand how to handle it. THE RESULT OF THE DAVENPORT CO.MVEHTIOW. The convention recently assembled at Davenport to consider the question question of the Hennepin Canal, thougk intended as a movement to counteract counteract the tendency of the grain trade down the Mississippi, will ultimately prove of great advantage to longitudinal longitudinal commerce. The canal is really a Chicago enterprise, enterprise, and is intended to unite the Hudson with the Mississippi. It is very true that such an artificial water - way may be used by Chicago as a check upon the Erie Canal and the railways, that she may ship grain by that route down to the Gulf, but the movement in that manner can never be expected to assume any degree degree of importance. Assuming that it will accomplish hat both Chicago and New York intend it shall, become mainly tributary tributary to the Lake route, and prove an aid in cheapening rail rates on grain into the Lako City, there is no reason why we should hesitate to give it a cordial support. It can only compete in a section of country that is naturally tributary to Chicago, Chicago, and economize transportation on goods that are not likely to seek an outlet at the Gulf, at lea&t in the near future. It it an entei pi ise that cleaily indicates indicates the general faith of the country in watei transportation, and it will go far to secure the support of the entire Northwest, and even ot the Atlantic seaboard cities, in a general general movement to improve thenat - uial waterways of the Mississippi alley. It .will enable the advocates advocates of the plan of improvement ol the Mississippi River recotnmeml - 1 by the Mississippi River Commission Commission to form an alliance that will s - cine such expenditures upon the great - 'ieam below Cairo as will aibjiil navigation at all times Im vessels drawing ten feet of water. When t'.is is done competition with tlie lull' route for all grain pioilm t d eiow the latitude of the northern 'nuiiidftry of Missouri and west I the Mississippi will be simply im - , - osible. It will t ix all our resources o handle the surplus from that sec - - urn dm ing the next generation. We 'herefore need really have no content 11 h the direct route for the present, - o far as the upper Northwest is con - eined, noi need we until the railways railways to the Atlantic seaboard ne 60 burdened with more o. - tly goods that they will be impelled to leave the cereals to tollow the water courses, or tke the i.ngitudinal rail lines, down to a deep Hid sure river way at Cairo. The convention wisely favored the improvement of the river down to the delta, and this is all we could ask. THE Fl RN'ITURE TRADE ORGANIZE In a recent issue we had occasion to refer to the anomalous condition of business here, with reference to the furniture interests, owing to the system of drumming. The inconvenience inconvenience of this method, its costs, and the loss it entailed upon the merchants merchants of our city, were particularly particularly dwelt upon. This we are now - happy to know, did not go entirely unheeded. n Monday last there was a meeting of all the substantial furniture men of our city, tor the purpose of creating a Furniture Exchange. Exchange. A permanent organization was effected effected by the election of Messrs. Hugh Flynn, President; George E. Brewster, Vice President, and Joseph Joseph Zengel, Secretary each of them veterans in the furniture business, business, and all excellent appointments, indeed. Now that this organization is fairly fairly launched upon its career of usefulness, usefulness, we hope the first object of its Attention will be some ot the mos objectionable tricks of the di im.mer. Hut there are other matters of - caice less impoitance. One is the teweighiiig f furniture, and the other is 1 1 e i lit charges. ii furiiit ;re, shipptd by 11, .1, i now weighed by the shipper a! the 'in.e it is se;it fufwaiil, aid again tl c steamboat after it has reached ipt into! destination. A disigree - mi tit not t 1. 1 : i i;iier tly occuis be - t w e 1 one ai:d t he other, which nat - 1. rail, must ptodiue serious incon - cip.i nee to tin dealer in New r - ic ins. mot 1 pai ' icu lai ly tor the lea - - mi ti - a t in mt ui e is tie.uentl sold Wlliil . 'HI 'I It 1. 1 ce - si t at t!i lay , ol tt n of 1 eat "B enieti - f to the nii - ichatits. and til 1 f ;i - es t!. 1 nt . A i must c! t.pal importance with ' ' nl.ove s tee iUe. - t;on ol t'n - ights ': New 1 leans. The taritl nn "I I.lt. l e, i t t t 1;: v s.atior. . lu.s !v that shipped to to Im - not unfre - f - 11 T y pin, I in h dv ance, and charges :t ii.it alhs i.rnfoim. It the '! ;.!el refits - to prepay his 1 ustoui - 1 - tn ight h - ' :u; v lose a trade, and ' do - j he nay iofce his money. If geiu ra! - ft ni ot f 1 i - ijirhts can ! - t; b'.i i.iiV c si ,, . , hetl aid publislip 1, the dealer !!ect the freights with his bill. d the 1 luniture Exchange be a e to regub.te only some of these 11 i.tteis. it will go tar to accomplish ti e objt et I'm v. Inth it was designed 1 hat it will do moie, we cmnot doubt. In tliis movement we maj hail the dawn of a brighter lutuie Uu the busiri - t,; Wjiy ehoald our iwi.ibe.i ihet; Lot io'.'.ow next ?