July 04, 2012

And Still They Drink!

During the past two months in Idle there have been nineteen cases of typhoid fever, four of which have unhappily proved fatal.  There seems good reason to believe that the cause of the outbreak is to be found in the determination of a portion of the inhabitants to drink the water from the local wells, for no fewer than fifteen out of the nineteen persons attacked were drinkers of the well water.  In every case where death has occurred the victim had been in the habit of drinking water either from the Town Well or from the Town Pump.  (Yorkshire Evening Post, November 3rd, 1893)

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