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finally persuaded Consolidated Edison to put smoke-consumers on their
smokestacks to reduce the smoke and dirt in New York. This was an innovation,
and of course, Consolidated Edison considered her a terrible, terrible problem,
a menace. But she managed this notwithstanding, and she testified against the
smoke the general lax administration of the smoke from all the industrial and
private chimneys in New York. If she had lived I'm sure the whole place would be
clear and the clearing bills of the citizens of New York would have been reduced
Mrs. Lasker, when she pursued an idea like that in a city like New York, how did
she go about it?
Well, she joined the organization that was called the Outdoor Cleanliness
Association and she interested the women in it, and she complained and testified
in court about the smoke offenders.
I was very influenced, I find, by her, and much closer to her than to my father
all my life. She adored gardening and flowers. She really liked anything
beautiful and interesting visually, without having had any education in the
field of art at all.
How did she happen to meet your father at the World's Fair?
Well, she met him through a cousin, Mrs. Fellows. And
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