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Examples of Fauxbourg
At high water the river rises three feet above any part of the city; consequently, were it not for levees that have been constructed here, and also along the banks of the river for more than a hundred miles, at both sides, above and below, the whole country would be periodically inundated.
New Orleans is seated on the south-east bank of the Mississippi; and, following the sinuosities of the current, about 109 miles from the Gulf of Mexico.
The streets, being only partially paved, can never be perfectly cleaned, and stagnant water remains in the kennels at all seasons; this and the exhalations from the swamps in warm weather, produce that pestilential scourge with which the place is annually afflicted.
This fall is certainly inconsiderable; but I apprehend that it would be sufficient to drain the streets effectually, if proper attention were directed to that object.
The town of Urbana, in Ohio, this year (1830) has been nearly destroyed by a visitation of this nature.
The cathedral, which presents a handsome facade of about seventy feet, the town-hall, and courts, occupy one side of the _place d'armes,_-these, with the American theatre, the _theatre d'Orleans,_ or French opera house, the hospital, and three or four churches, are the only public buildings in the city.