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THE CASE OF j OAK WOOD ROAD,…

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THE CASE OF OAK WOOD ROAD, j A Resident's Letter. I To the Editor. I Sir,—With refcrenoe to the terrible I accusations of a few councillors, backed up by tho Vicar 01 & Gahtriei's, i tamed on the evidenoo of a few (very lew) persons who appear to have a grievance, I hope you will aliow me a iitcie in your valuable paper to reply to aome ot the statements. As one of the oldest residents in Oakwoocl-raad, I can truthfully say titat the residents (many of whom have boop here since tke houses were built) have been as healthy as those of other parts, many families not having had a sign of illness of any kind. 1 aia aware of one case of diphthena, which unfortunately, proved fatal; and another fatal case, ivmcb was sup- posed to be diphtheria, but has since been pioved to be not so, because another child has sinee suffered in the same wAy lately, and the case was pro- I nouueed to be, not diphtheria; and 1 should like to know whether or not one case of diphtheria in seven years is I suilicient to condemn a row of bo houses, when there have been more casct in other streets, about which nothing is said ? The Medical Officer said a few days ago tbat diphtheria was caught by contact with sufferers, and that by far the largest number of ca&es iu Swansea had occurred in the St. Thomas dis- ti ict; then why has l'rlr. Davies and the Viear of St. Gabriel's made such an attack on Oakwood-road 'i Ma-. Da,vies says there have been bö cases of diph- theria m Swansea for the rust quarter of this year he does not say where they occurred, but there has not been one m Ui»kwood-road. When Oak wood-road was built, the C'oi pr ration had provided no drainage, and the Housing Committee passed the plans for cesspools, and the owners were put to considerable expense in pro- viding tiieir own drainage. With the houses Nos. 1 to 12 I have not much knowledge, excepting that their cesspools have to be emptied pretty often. Nos. 32 to 35 are pro- j perly drained, but I can speak with certainty about 2\os 13 to 31. The cesspools iu these are of a most satisfactory nature, being built on the dry principle, without mortar, and fully ten feet deep by six feet diameter, and I believe that only two of them have been emptied since the houses were built; the others are still acting satisfactorily in every way. And when it is understood that the tops of these are fully 18 inches below the surface of tne garden soil, it will be admitted that no smells or dangerous gases, can emanate from them. In reply to a statement in your con- temporary that during hcan-y rains the sewage had overflown anca dried cu the garden surface," I say this is quite untrue, as far as Nos. 13 to 31 are con- cerned, because (1) being so fair under- ground this is impossible; and (,2) be- cause all the surface water is drained into the sewer.iii the front street, and does not enter the cesspools at all. The Chairman of the Sewers Com- mittee said at a recent meeting that "all the owners had agreed to connect to the new drain." I am sure the pub- lic will be surprised to learn—and I can speak for the owners of 15 houses out of the 19 I am writing about (I can give names if necessary)—that they have not been approached in any way, and have not given their consent, either verbally or in writing. It is the Corporation's duty if they are not satisfied with the drainage, which the owners were compelled to pro- vide through the Corporation's laxity, and with their consent that they should lay down a proper drainage, and connect all the existing houses to it, at then- own expense entirely; and the more quietly it is done the better.— Yours, etc., "Resident." I

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