Countering opponents of improvement

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Countering opponents of improvement - FUTURE OF THE CITY. It is still an open...
FUTURE OF THE CITY. It is still an open question whether the men who are doing their level best to defeat the proposed public improvements fully realize their responsibilitj - under the circumstances. Within the week a great flood has swept down from the culm deposits another deluge of dirty water which our people men, women and children must drink. Particles of coal are deposited in all the household utensils, the bath tubs and other receptacles and the good housewife is not the worst of it. The health of gered and parents with children of things can be remedied. It is not a difficult matter for the man with means to provide his family with pure, clean water. He can easily purchase purchase an expensive filter, which will cleanse the inky stuff now running out of the reservoir, but the mechanic and clerk and laborer, who cannot afford the costly filter, has the same right to pure water and protection for his family as his well - to - do neighbor. The thousands who cannot provide provide their households with a proper cleansing apparatus have rights which must be recognized and it will not do for those who are differently situated to deny them pure water. What are a few thousands of dollars compared to the health and happiness of a growing community? Opponents of the improvements continue to harp upon the narrow and utterly indefensible plaint that "it is all a Front street scheme." How absurd to thus belittle a great public undertaking. Front street is a part of the city of Harrisburg - and the people residing' along - that street are tax - paj - ers and citizens; many of them are among our most progressive progressive and prominent citizens. But for the purpose of creating dissatisfaction dissatisfaction there has gone up a loud wail ag - ainst the residents on the river front. Let us loo"k at this matter squarely. Of the total amount suggested suggested for the improvements contemplated considerably less than $75,000 !s set apart for the river front'changes. More than a million dollars vill be expended in other sections of he city and this money will be dis tributed among those who labor with their hands. This fact should not be forgotten as we go along in this discussion. It is not a movement which will involve the expenditure of a large sum elsewhere; on the contrary, the bulk of it will remain in Harrisburg. There are honest differences of opinion about proposed methods of improvement, but there ought to be no differences regarding the absolute absolute necessity for lifting the city out of the rut of indifference and placing it upon the highway of progress. Threats have been made of increased rents to frighten renters into the camp of the opposition, but house owners should not lose sight of the fact that that sort of campaign frequently frequently reacts. Mechanics and others are not going to be bull - dozed into doing something which is against the welfare of their families by any such threat. Let this subject be discussed fairly and all good citizens will abide by the result. While they may not vote the good women of Harrisburg can give invaluable aid to this movement. None are so familiar with the danger that menaces the home in foul water and every ward ought to have its woman's club with the object of furthering the cause. Preachers and public speakers and all good citizens should at once array themselves on the right side and then the greater Harrisburg will be assured. is driven to desperation. But this the community is seriously endan ought to understand that this condition

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  1. Harrisburg Telegraph,
  2. 19 Dec 1901, Thu,
  3. Page 4

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