Issue 4 and Volume 1893 13.

FIRE AND WATER PROBABLY in no city of the United States has such a chapter of municipal blundering and absolute incompetency been manifest as in the city of Brooklyn. Her experience will doubtless lead to an effort to procure legislation to concentrate municipal responsibility. We refer particularly to the department of city works of that city, which has charge of her water system, its maintenance, and construction of extension. There never has been any doubt as to the ability of its engineering staff, headed by Robert Van Buren, who is known and respected among the fraternity of civil engineers for his skill and caution. For ten years past the water-works of Brooklyn has been conducted on a sort of patch-work and piecemeal policy, and all owing to the stupidity and blundering of the common council of the city failing to appreciate the situation, refusing to consider favorably engineering suggestions, and…

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