Boston has 3,356 acres of public park, of which about four square miles are in open spaces of about four acres each. It is an excellent example to other cities. Philadelphia made a start in 1883, and ordered by an ordinance of Councils that its Survey Department should locate these small breathing places over the whole city, so that one by one, they might be systematically purchased for public use. To enforce it nothing has been done by the city executive. Last spring the Councils of the city called the attention of the Mayor to the fact that the ordinance was a dead letter; but still the fact remains, that in this city boasting of its 140 square miles of territory, there are miles on miles of brick walls among which the only place to take even a sick child is on the crowded sidewalk of the public street. It is fashionable for other cities to deride the "cultchaw" of Boston - but that culture that gives the poor and the sick some chance of a little pleasure beyond what brick walls and stone steps at the sidewalk afford, is worthy of all honor everywhere.