As to Dirty Town
Mayor Eugene Masters Gets Clean-up Credit
Live Oak Daily Democrat,
November 30, 1907
There is not more excuse for a dirty town than there is for a dirty man, and the proper measure of energy, pride and
self-respect is all that is required to cure the evil in both cases. Streets habitually littered with trash and punctuated with
mud-holes, alleys recking with refuse, neglected sidewalks or no sidewalks at all, dilapidated fences and gates, unsightly
yards, and a general air of carelessness and indifference to appearances--all these help to lower the tone of the
community, impair its real pride and finally resign it to squalid conditions in which it is content to live and die. A dirty town
is an open confession to mankind of the absence of community qualities which each man claims for himself individually,
but for which he will get no credit with the outside world so long as he is content to live and surroundings which
contradict his claims. All of which reminds us of St. Augustine and the way she took hold of herself recently and gave
herself a "cleaning-up" which was an example to every other town in Florida. It is a noble theme for the
newspapers---beats politics all hollow --- the Miami Metropolis handles it as follows:

Mayor Masters of St. Augustine is not only making good, but he is setting examples that other Florida mayors should
take notice of. A short time since Mr. Masters had a general "clean-up" day in the Ancient City. The citizens joined with
him in the crusade against filth and the result was that St. Augustine had such a cleaning up of premises, streets, etc.,
as it had never known before. But this is not all. St. Augustine is clean and Mayor Masters proposes to see that it stays
so, or as nearly so as possible, and to that end has addressed a letter to the city marshal calling attention to the
ordinance providing against throwing dodgers, circulars, sugar cane peel, etc., into the streets, and directing him to see
that the provisions of the law are enforced. Law is one thing but enforcement another. Miami has an ordinance against
littering the streets by throwing trash, refuse, etc., upon them, but it is like a dead letter; it is not enforced. But why? the
explanation can come only from the city authorities, if one can be made at all. Mayor Masters has set a good example.
Every city in Florida, including Miami, should have a clean-up day, and after they have become clean, pass and enforce
ordinances that will keep them clean. It looks like it is up to you. Mayor Wharton, to get busy.
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