Sand as a Disinfectant.
--There is sickness at this time around and in the city, but especially around it, which it is very probable, indeed, almost certain, might have been averted, and may now be abated, by the free use of sand as a disinfecting and decomposing agent.
The writer has used it for years as greatly preferable to lime, and was convinced of its great importance on passing by the Central Fair grounds a few days since.
It is so abundant, no expense would be insured except that of hauling it. Put it abundantly over any offensive odor, of whatever character, even the carcass of man or beast, and in a short time it would be decomposed without any unpleasant odor.
Use it freely at the different camp grounds, and if it could be spread over the battle- field of Manassas
, it might be used as a battle-field again if desirable, and there would be no necessity for removing the army on account of the stench from the putrid bodies lying on it. It is a certain preventive and remedy, and it ought to be used immediately and freely.