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iniquitous irregularity in the quality of their instruction, would be but a matter of energetic action and combined effort, and it is up to the college authorities to place their respective institutions in the hands of such men.

With a man of James Tyler Kent's reputation and acknowledged ability, at the head of Hahnemann, of Chicago; Nash to steer the New York bark clear of breakers; Dewey could do a little purging from the Philadelphia Hahnemann and the other institutions to receive their invigorating influences from Kraft, Hinsdale, and a host of other good men and true, the cause of homeopathy would advance with such leaps and bounds that five years from now, at the very furthest, the institutions devoted to the teachings of true homeopathy. would be occupying positions of prominence and importance which they gave evidence of taking years ago before the “liberal” element had had time to squander all the noble inheritance the immortal Hahnemann had bequeathed them.

Don't permit the paramount idea to be pooh-poohed or pushed to one side by a discussion of the potency question or some other unimportant issue, but let's” return to the original order of business and set the ball rolling for purging

our colleges of the false homeopathic teaching which is to blame for the unenviable reputation our institutions have acquired. Line up!

M.

PURE WATER AND CLEANLINESS-THEIR RELATION TO PUBLIC HEALTH.-While not in the political line, THE CRITIQUE has had some little experience in dealing with the water supply of the city of Denver, inasmuch as that some eight or nine years ago it caused to be made an investigation of this subject and as a result of that investigation has had a much higher opinion of the Water company ever since, regarding the relation its product bears to the general health of the city..

Prior to the experience to which I refer, at which time a thorough bacteriological test of city water was made, it was not at all uncommon for epidemics of typhoid fever and other enteric disorders to prevail hereabouts, all of which might have

been traced to the water supply, inasmuch as evidence in favon of communication of such conditions by means of drinking water is now and was at that time, not only extensive but extremely well founded, and while these disturbances did not cause any alarming outbreaks, nor did they increase our death rate very materially, members of the medical profession and the city health authorities saw a sufficient amount of seriousness in the frequency of the occurrences to cause unusual care to be taken by the users of city, artesian and other brands of water.

The source of supply at that time was from the Platte river and notwithstanding this drawback, very few of the cases of typhoid which had occurred just previous to the inquiry, were traceable to city water; in fact the old tank which at that period decorated if it did not ornament the court house yard, and which stored a prime article of “pure” artesian water much sought after, was found to harbor a sufficient amount of bacteriological decay, to have infected a city of much greater population.

The old tank was immediately torn down, praises be.

The conditions under which the water supply of the city is now secured are so much improved that to compare them even with a period so recent, and to which we refer, is hardly to be thought of. Since then the Denver Union Water Company has secured water rights in the mountains, constructed reservoirs and installed modern filtration and sedimentation plants, which makes it almost absolutely impossible for Denver to ever feel the effects of any very protracted or extensive invasion of diarrhea, dysentery, ague, enteric fever (typhoid), or cholera, and these are the very conditions liable to prevail in many of the municipalities whose water supply is derived from sluggish, slow-running, low-land rivers, and whose rates, for a fine quality of liquid mud, are quoted as being so much less than those which Denver people pay for the purest quality of water, derived from mountain heights and containing no bacteriological infection whatever.

Denver water is potable, palatable and pure and were the people permitted to decide the matter, unaided by political prejudices or political papers, I am sure residents of this region would hesitate about accepting any alterations in the present

conditions even though water from any other source was offered them as a free gift.

There are other means of communicating disease which are rarely mentioned even by that class of cranks known as the bacteria fanatics, one of which is infection due to dirty and unsanitary street car equipment. I have heard many kicks concerning crowded cars on some of the lines at certain times of the day, but I have never noticed any complaints about dirty cars or untidy employes on any of the lines at any period. I have also noticed in the police court proceedings against violators of the anti-spitting ordinance, that more of the enforcement of this wise precaution comes from Tramway employes than from members of the city police force, in consequence of which, along with the care taken at the compressed air cleaning plant at the car barns while cars are "resting" and by employes while they are in service, although thousands of tubercular tourists and other undesirable travellers are transported over the numerous lines every day, there has never been a hint even that the white plague or any other contagious disease had been communicated through any neglect on the part of the corporation controlling this public utility, notwithstanding the fact that churches, theaters and other places of public assembly have come in for severe criticism in this respect.

M.

SHORT ON STATISTICS.-From the report of the committee on organization, registration and statistics of the American Institute of Homeopathy, which came to me quite recently, I am unable to extract any very great amount of satisfactory information regarding homeopathic institutions in Colorado, notwithstanding the fact that the committee has evidently exhausted every effort to secure the necessary data and in their report to place Colorado affairs upon an equal footing with organized bodies of the homeopathic persuasion in other parts of the country; the lack of effort to place such information in the hands of the committee, by local custodians of homeopathic interests, has the double effect of making it appear that either the A. I. H. committee has been very indifferent to its duties or else the conditions of Colorado homeopathy had fallen very low as

compared with the report of this committee in years past.

I have been looking over old files of THE CRITIQUE recently with a view of renewing old acquaintances and trying to revive recollections of homeopathy hereabouts, in times not so far remote, but what many will be able to join me in a survey of college, club and other interests when all such were upon the very top wave of popularity and prosperity, and in my search found so many evidences of enthusiastic and energetic efforts to promote the cause in the past by publicity and personal effort, that I had no difficulty in determining why conditions were so changed. Eight or ten years ago, instead of absolute indifference, everyone displayed such an exaggerated devotion to the cause that the college was known from one end of the country to the other; it was known also that Denver claimed a combination of homeopathic attractions which, although in the adolescent stage, gave every promise of attaining the highest state of perfection; and, furthermore, if any request was made upon the authorities for information concerning the institutions then in existence, such information was given in the fullest and freest manner to the end that college and allied interests were made to appear in the very best light possible, and not as if they were of so little importance as to require no particular mention in a document that would be read by every homeopath in the country, each one of whom would draw his or her own conclusion concerning an institution which was possessed of so little energy as to be unable to blow its own musical instrument. Here is what the report has to say for Colorado homeopathic institutions :

"Denver City and County Hospital, Homeopathic Department, Denver, Colo.-We have been unable to obtain any report from this hospital for the last two years and do not know what kind of work is being done there by the members of our school of practice. The executive officer two years ago was William Clark, Superintendent, and the delegate was David A. Strickler, M. D.

“Denver Homeopathic Hospital, Denver, Colo.-Opened for patients, 1894. We have been unsuccessful in obtaining a report from this hospital this year, so cannot give any statistics of it. The executive officer last year was Harper Leiper, 123 Logan avenue, Denver, Colo. The delegate was David A. Strickler, M. D.

"Tabernacle Free Dispensary, Denver, Colo—We have been unable to obtain any report from this institution this year and do not

know whether it is still open and doing work or not. We hope to have some sort of a report from it next year.

''Denver Homeopathic College Dispensary, Denver, Colo.-We have made strenuous efforts to obtain a report from this institution this year, but all to no purpose. We hope to be more successful in our endeavors in that direction next year.“

Insofar as the county hospital is concerned, no one is to blame for the non-appearance of a report from that institution inasmuch as none is made by either school of practice having representatives on the staff; however, as the college announcements invariably "point with pride" to these other institutions as being connected with the Denver Homeopathic College, the only conclusion I can come to in the case of their not being used as an advertising medium in the report from which the foregoing was taken, is that the college has either lost its pointer or else its stock of pride is very much below par.

M.

KRAFT AND THE CRUSADE.- The cautious flaccidity with which Brother Kraft approached the crusade question in the April issue of American Physician was hardly in keeping with that gentleman's usually direct method of dealing with important matters and reminded me of one who, for purely personal reasons, was undecided whether to remain on his own side of the fence, go to the opposite side with the rapidly gathering crowd or "straddle" the top rail and await developments.

The extremely cachectic complexion of the entire thirtythree paragraphs, whether taken individually or collectively, is so foreign to anything heretofore presented by Kraft that I would not give his article on “the Chicago Crusade” even the recognition usually accorded a poor relation if it was not for the fact that I would like very much to be enlightened somewhat as to where the special assailment of Royal, Copeland and Ward came in, as also the threatened paralleling of some of Kraft's editorial utterances ? I know that Drs. Halbert and Goodno have not been overlooked, but insofar as THE CRITIQUE is concerned reference to any of the names which appear to be giving Brother Kraft so much concern has not been made in these pages excepting in the most courteous manner, and if there is a side show being conducted at the Chicago end which is at all

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