Punch,  37 (1859), 36.

Dead Wells and Drinking Fountains



News-Commentary, Drollery


Sanitation, Disease, Chemistry

    Discusses two letters to The Times which appear to disagree sharply over the fitness for human consumption of water in a Fleet Street well. The author points out that 'chemistry' can explain why the water from the well is so cool and the fact that the well is full of bones: the water is 'a saline draught' but should not be drunk.

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