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At this time when six thousand men are engaged in the work of digging a drainage canal for the turning of the Chicago river away from the lake, his honor, the Mayor has made public his desire to build an island at a considerable distance from shore— say eight or ten miles if need be—and there obtaining the purer water, which is to be brought to the city through extensions of the existing tunnels. His honor fails to specify how long it would remain uncontaminated if Chicago continues to grow, and her population to increase. A few years ago, the proposition to build a four mile tunnel was viewed as visionary, and a useless expenditure of money. Now that there is little doubt that the water may occasionally be contaminated at that intake, the proposal to place it six miles further into the lake does not seem preposterous; but it
THE MAYOR OF CHICAGO AND HIS ISLAND.. JAMA. 1893;XXI(4):135–136. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420560031008