Leadership

FIRE AND WATER.

Issue 12 and Volume 1893 13.

FIRE AND WATER. KNOXVILLE, Tenn., is exercised about waterworks management. Her ex-Mayor is disposed to postpone the question of the city building and operating water-works, if the waterworks company justly appreciates the situation and requirements of the city in the matter of efficient and satisfactory protection. It appears that ten years ago the ex-Mayor, then Mayor, was fully in favor of building a water-works, but is now opposed to the idea, owing to the fact that the city is overburdened with debt. The ex-Mayor, Colonel R. S. Payne, remarks that he is not disposed ‘Togo into the details of an intricate contract that sometimes baffles even good lawyers,” and which now is in force between the city and the water company. MARSHAL WHITCOMB’S investigation into the origin of the Lincoln street fire has undoubtedly revealed the cause of the rapid spread of the flames in the Ames building, and for…

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