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November 30, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(22):1850. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530220038010

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According to newspaper reports, Mr. William Dinsmore and his sister, as a memorial to their father, have given to the village of Staatsburg, New York, a complete system of waterworks. It is to be hoped that this report is true, since it is difficult to imagine anything more befitting as a memorial of a good citizen than a system which will furnish pure water to the public. The time is long since passed when the erection of a hospital as a memorial is considered unusual. How much more appropriate as a monument is a gift which will result in the prevention, rather than one which will be for the cure, of disease. Still more is it to be hoped that the day will soon pass when costly tombstones of marble or granite or other semi-barbarous monuments are erected as memorials by the wealthy. A gift which will conserve human life

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