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RAIN BETTER THAN DUST. MANY years ago a character sketch was published with an, illustration, entitled Dust Oh and the other day we had the pleasure of looking at the illustration after so many years. As the author of the sketch re- marks, there are few businesses which have soft spots in them- fancy bits, which give some measure of refreshment aud rest even while the work is actually going ou. There is always some level ground in life's toil; it is not all up-hill. No chicken is all drumstick; no ox is without a sirloin and there is scarcely any kind of labour but what has some parts pleasanter than others, which a man of a wise and thank- ful heart will value at a proper price. Jack Chouter's (the dust- man's) soft spot is about a mile of road which lies between his beat and the yard where he de- posits his dust. As his cart is full he need not cry Dust oh for all that distance so he takes to thinking, and now and again to talking with any sensible per- son he may happen to meet along the road. Mind you, it isn't every dustman that can think. Ah yes, that is the point of im- portance; we want members on ? .? mi win iiiiii mn i1.r:1t[ the Council, and dustmen who can and will think, and one of the most important things they can think about is dust. When a dustman is raising clouds of dust in doing his work he is not think- ing, or he would wait for the water-cart to pass that the dust may be laid. But what if the water-cart would not be ordered out ? Then all we can say is that those in authority do not think. We received a letter the other day from a resident drawing special attention to the impor- tance of the duty of the author- ities to keep the whole district well cleaned and free from dust by the use of the water-cart in j dry weather. This is of great importance from a sanitary point of view.