Issue 9 and Volume 31.

TOPICS OF THE WEEK. Contractors on public works in Newark, N. J. must pay rent for all the water they use. Till they do so, they will not receive any money from the city, nor will anything but payment in full for all water bills be accepted. Chief Hale, of the Kansas City, Mo., fire depart ment, in comparing his city with Paterson, N. J. states that Kansas City, with nearly twice the population, has less than half as much firefighting apparatus, to say nothing of the former city having several cities within a few miles of it to call on for help Omaha and some other cities are nearly in the same position as Kansas City. They have not enough men or apparatus to handle a big fire. The Hillsboro, N. Dak., Banner comments in the following facetious way about the Mayville water supply: “The waterworks emulates the unworthy…

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