|1927||Pertussis (Whopping Cough)|
"Particles of dust have been likened to chariots on which germs ride, being carried in this way from place to place. It is know to be a fact that a considerable part of the dust on floors, sidewalks and streets is composed of germs, not all living, to be sure, but many of them alive and simply waiting to be planted on favorable soil in order to multiply and produce disease. Such soil is found in the noses, throats, and mouths of people."There was plenty of dust. Coal was the principal heating fuel and it produced clouds of soot and smoke. The primary means of travel was by horse-drawn conveyance, and horses produced large amounts of waste which, when dry, turned into a fine powder that permeated everything. New York City alone had a population of 180,000 horses by 1890, depositing about 3.4 million pounds of manure every single day, along with 40,000 gallons of urine. Vacant lots in american cities were often piled high in horse manure, sometimes as high as a six story building.
The Book of Household Management, comprising information for the Mistress, Housekeeper, Cook, Kitchen-Maid, Butler, Footman, Coachman, Valet, Upper and Under House-Maids, Lady's-Maid, Maid-of-all-Work, Laundry-Maid, Nurse and Nurse-Maid, Monthly Wet and Sick Nurses, etc. etc.—also Sanitary, Medical, & Legal Memoranda: with a History of the Origin, Properties, and Uses of all Things Connected with Home Life and ComfortPublished originally by S. O. Beeton Publishing, 161 Bouverie Street, London, a firm founded by Isabells's husband, Samuel Beeton.