A Question of Hose.

Issue 2 and Volume 1.

A Question of Hose. Last week we referred to the fact that Philadelphia was much agitated over the question of hose, The Fire Commissioners advertised for 5,000 feet of hose, and in response received nine bids from different manufacturers. Among the bidders were the New York Belting and Packing Company, which offered to supply the best carbonized hose at $1.15 per foot, and the Hamilton Rubber Company, of Trenton, N. J., which offered to furnish the hose at 79 cents per foot. The Commissioners, after due consideration, resolved to buy the carbonized hose, their experienced therewith having convinced them that it was the best and cheapest for their purposes, and accordingly awarded the contract to the New York Belting Company. The Hamilton Company appealed to the City Council, and the matter was referred to the Finance Committee for investigation. On examination by the Committee, it was found that the manufacture…

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