Our Western Letter.

Issue 24 and Volume 1893 14.

Our Western Letter. OKKICE OF FIRE AND WATER, 202-206 LA SALUC STREET, CHICAGO. Dec. 7, 1893. The year 1893, with eleven lengths already laid in the grave, and it busy brushing away the snows to lay its last length along side of the others, will ever be a memorable year in the history of American municipalities, owing to the fact of a majority of our cities showing up robust deficits in their several departments at the end of the year. In some cases the annual apportionment has even been exceeded, but in most cases the estimated revenue allotted to each respective apportionment was not forthcoming; the city income has been curtailed, while its outgo has not, hence an inevitable deficit. Now it does not profit us here to endeavor to account for the falling off of these regular revenues ; at a glance many reason* will spring to mind, of…

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