Our Filth and Our Felons
Sanitation, Public Health, Disease, Morality, Reading, Crime
Responding to the definition of 'dirt' suggested by Henry J Temple (3rd Viscount Palmerston) as 'nothing but matter in the wrong place', contemplates the possibility that poisonous matter in one place might be 'food' in another and points out that Palmerston's idea also applies to 'moral filth'. In the same way that 'sanitary doctors' argue that material filth is best used on the fields that 'crave' sewage, argues that 'tracts' crave 'moral filth'. Just as 'Fever-seeds' may turn into food, why may not 'felons' prove themselves 'brothers'?
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