Nothing says ‘Great Report’ than having a long title. (I had heard or read somewhere that long titles made books/reports more impressive)
1887: The Sanitation of Cities and Towns and the Agricultural Utilization of Excretal Matters Report on Improved Methods of Sewage Disposal and Water Supplies. By C. W. Chancellor, M.D., Maryland State Board of Health. To His Excellency Henry Lloyd, Governor of Maryland: Dear Sir, In pursuance of a resolution passed by the State Board of Health on the 19th day of November, 1886, and approved by your Excellency, authorizing me to proceed to Europe to investigate the most recent plans in practical operation for the disposal and utilization of household sewage, especially with reference to the sanitation of Maryland towns, and to report thereon, I herewith present the result of my labors. Undertaking the investigation with no preconceived notions of my own as to how the problem was to be solved; determined not to be influenced by appeals in favor of any particular scheme, however highly recommended; anxious to receive testimony from all parties, to hear all that could be said and to see all that could be seen, I have been guided not only by a fairly intimate acquaintance with what has been made public during the last ten or fifteen years on the “vexed question” of town sewerage, but by such experience as could be derived from a personal examination of. the principal systems in operation in England, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland.
Evils Resulting from the Improper Disposal of Sewage – It cannot be too often repeated that the “water-carriage” plan of Tout a L’egout is without doubt the worst devised system of sewerage imaginable for getting rid of excrementitious matters, and should the attempt be made to treat the sewage of Baltimore city in this way, it will undoubtedly prove an expensive and fatal blunder. (Not only does this guy get to go to Europe to do this report – he starts speaking French!)
The bottom line of this nearly 200 page report is that he wants to sell his own invention for sewage removal:
The Reader’s Digest version of his invention: Waste enters through down-pipe ‘F’. The heavier solids go into ‘E’. Liquid is pushed up through a layer of wool ‘D’, travels to ‘A’ where it is filtered, then out of ‘a’ to the nearest stream.