On "Notes on House Sanitation in and round Glasgow," by GILBERT THOMSON, M.A., C.E
Transactions of the Sanitary Institute of Great Britain
132 one of the dung manufactories. Now, these were the property of the Corporation, and they were in direct violation of the terms of the Public Health Act of 1864, which provided that no such things as these should be within the bounds of the community, or anywhere within fifty yards of any dwelling-house. The thing was intolerable to him to hear men lauded who he knew had systematically broken the law. There was another thing. On Saturday afternoon last he spent an hour or two in walking
... gh the mews lanes in the immediate neighbourhood of where they were met, and if they wished to see modern Glasgow in its reality, and not in photograph, they should take a walk down those mews lanes. They would find that at every house, the rents of which would be from £100 to £150, there was a great, big, deep pit in the rear, where stuff was deposited aud allowed to fester from six to twelve months. The commonest sense would show that that system should be immediately abolished. He should have liked to hear Dr. Carpenter explain how it was that while the death-rate in Cathcart parish, two miles from where they were met, and the death-rate in the burghs of Govanhill and Crosshill was 16 and 15 per thousand, the death-rate in the city was 25 per thousand. That would have been something like answering the attack. He was sorry to have to attack the officials of Glasgow. He knew them almost all personally, and he should like very well if he could speak favourably of them. Whenever he could, he did so.