September 12, 1903

Habits at Mineral Springs.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(11):669. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490300025011

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Paris, Ill., Sept. 5, 1903.

To the Editor:  —I wish to protest through The Journal against the practice of washing the drinking glasses used by consumptives, syphilitics, etc., in the soda spring at Manitou, Colo. I spoke to several parties while at Manitou, but some claimed that the ingredients of the water disinfected the glasses and others said that the spring was overflowing all the time and purified itself in that way. I have seen the water lowered two or three inches below the brink when there was a rush. I am told the bottling works use a different spring, which I hope is true. I am also told that the same filthy practice is followed at Waukesha, Wis., but I hope it is not so.

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