This article is both old and current. It is about people littering their town’s streets.
The ad has a movie that is being shown in 3 parts. They means that there are 3 reels of the movie but it those days they only had one projector so each reel had to be changed by the operator while the audience waited. The war movie had a total running time of only 35 minutes. Click on the ad for a larger view of it.
THE MONROE COUNTY MAIL
Thursday, March 256, 1915
PUBLIC SENSE OF NEATNESS
Comparatively few persons, who have any sense of cleanliness ar all, would litter up thir own home grounds by throwing refuse out of the windows. Yet the same people will scatter paper bags and other waste matter about the streets of their town. Then they complain against the local officers if the place is not kept in a neat condition.
Most people also feel some pride about keeping up home places. They will take pains not to run over grass bankings, and will scrupulously follow paths. But when they go downtown they will cut corner, gradually wearing down plots of grass, and give the village an unfinished and run down air. No matter how much money a town spends to keep its public ways in good shape, it will never have a neat and tidy appearance unless its citizens co-operate. People should feel a positive sense of shame in throwing away anything that would make their streets look unattractive.
In some places boys and girls are trained to pick up waste paper that is flying about the streets. With a lot of youngsters active in that way, not merely to remove evidences of other people’s disorder, but not to make any of their own, it is astonishing how a town’s appearance can be transformed.
Allowing public streets to remain in a disorderly condition must hurt the reputation of a town. In these days of automobiles a town receives visitors constantly from far and near, Residents of other cities come in a critical spirit. They are quick to see evidences of public disorder, and they bear away the news that this or that town is dirty.
Spring is the time for cleaning up. Let us all resolve to keep the streets neat this season!