Monday, May 19, 2008

Grave Yards Not Wanted

New York, 1895

Respecting Farmer John O'Donnell's suggestion that the Long Island railroad company establish cemeteries in the "wild lands" of Suffolk county, the Greenport Watchman has this to say:

"Thanks; the 'wild lands' of Suffolk invite settlement and would welcome colonies, but not by any underground route. Two plantations of live lunatics are enough for the present; moreover the Long Island railroad makes more than sufficient money out of Suffolk county residents in the flesh without picking the bones of the dead. Really we hope our philanthropic neighbors over the border will not insist on forcing their benevolence upon us in this sort of collateral inheritance style."

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, Feb. 1, 1895, p. 12.

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