This is the first report issued under the direction of the new secretary, Dr. M. O'Brien, of Topeka. We seem to miss the practiced hand of Dr. J. W. Redden, whose reputation as a sanitarian is as wide as the country. His resignation took effect in July, 1891, and it can hardly be expected that we will see his signature again in an official capacity. We trust that the Commonwealth he well served has not been ungrateful towards him.
This volume presents more popular reading than is commonly found, and we judge that its contents are aimed to do missionary labor in political fields that are disinclined to perform their full sanitary duty. The following epistle appears in the Report to show the opposition met by the State Board in their efforts to establish local boards of health.
"two the board of helth offiscer of the Stait of Kan.