Issue 1 and Volume 31.

FIRE AND WATER The complaint of a lack of sufficient water pressure at fires seems to have been unusually frequent during the past year. Strangely enough, it has come, as a rule, from the chiefs of departments in cities and towns where the waterworks were owned by the municipality and not by private parties. Strangely enough, also, the employes of the private companies were the easiest to get at when the necessity arose for having the water pressure increased. In the case of municipal waterworks, on the contrary, the chiefs concerned seemed to have had extreme difficulty in reaching the proper officials in time for the increased pressure to be of any real service. Such experiences have recently been paralleled by the loss of time and the expenditure of trouble and strong language on the part of the police of Manhattan borough when on two occasions—the last only a few…

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