Category Archives: Questions

Shall Niagara become a coal-pile?

McFarland asks his readers, ” Shall we make a coal-pit of Niagara?” (Paragraph 1).

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Floridian

“How shall I make our sluggish councilmen pass a law to keep hogs off the streets?” comes from Florida.

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Question to McFarland

Mrs. Rufus Fant, of Anderson, South Carolina, suggested that our country should “call attention to the premises in the rear of storerooms and factories, as well as to bad home back yards.” (Paragraph 14) (Published October 1905) Summary: Mrs. Fant is proclaiming for our country to clean up not only what is in our front […]

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Removal of Billboards

McFarland received a letter from a high official for the Pennsylvania Railroad asking, “what can be done to get rid of billboard advertising that is unsightly and objectionable in the fields and along the road.”

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Trees on city-dweller sidewalks?

“Is a cherished, home-shading maple of elm in the way of the pole to be forced upon the hlepless city-dweller’s sidewalk?”-New York city dweller

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Complaint About Trash

“I want advice as to what might be done by law, if not otherwise, to prevent the dumping of garbage and junk along the roadways. We have some fine scenery here in Western Pennsylvania, and some drives through woods, with beautiful wild flowers, vines, and mosses on every side to make them ‘a joy forever’ […]

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Question from a Poor Farmer’s Wife

“Whether anything can be accomplished by the wife of a poor farmer to improve this beautiful but treeless prairie State where it is a hard struggle to make a living, is doubtful.”   Date: 1904 Summary: This article listed several ways in which a housewife could beautify her home with little out-of-pocket expense. At the […]

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A Department Devoted to Beautifying Our Homes and Towns

“If we did not so much need to hurry along with our work in bringing in the beauty that “civilization” has retired I would feel like advising a year’s observation of Nature before doing much planting. But the cleaning up can be immediate.”

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A Question from Massachusetts

“Where should we obtain plans to beautify our town?

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A Question from Florida

“How shall I make our sluggish councilmen pass a law to keep hogs off the streets?”

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