In almost every house I find a bathroom.
Let no reader think the presence of a bathroom in a house a little thing.
It is a sign.
A bath means cleanliness, and cleanliness means health.
countries we see the baths of sultans and pashas; basins of marble, in the midst of shady trees, with jets of flashing water; luxuries for the rich, not necessaries for the poor.
Here we have baths for everyone who likes to pay for water; and I read in the Water Company
's report that more than forty thousand heads of families in Philadelphia
pay that company a water-rate for household baths.
That record is a greater honour to the city-as implying many other things, the thousand virtues that depend on personal cleanliness — than even the beauties of Fairmont Park
Yet Fairmont Park
, containing three thousand five hundred acres, and lying along the Schuylkill River
and Wissahickon Creek
, is a wonder of the earth.
Think of a park in which Hyde Park
, with its four hundred acres (the Ring, the Serpentine
, and the Ladies
' Mile) would be lost!
Central Park, New York
, is more than double the size of Hyde Park
, yet Central Park
would lie in a mere corner