Issue 16 and Volume 1887 1.

THE EFFICIENCY OF THE STEAM FIRE ENGINE. WHATEVER criticism may be passed on the results recorded as the outcome of the experiments on steam fire engines at the centennial exhibition—and in the nature of things the rating compiled as “construction marks,” which entered so largely into the decision, was subject to arbitrary opinion and judgment and liable to error—it is certain that the general basis or theory on which Wellington Lee, expert at those trials, conducted the experiments, is sound, and as binding and important to-day as it was eleven years ago. While errors may have been committed in the detail and computation, the correctness of the general theory upon which the programme and general rules were based and the trials conducted, challenges admiration, and can stand the test of the closest scrutiny. We deem it well at this time, when false notions as to what constitutes the correct standard…

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