Issue 1 and Volume 36.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The connection of the Federal government with the supervision and inspection of the passenger, excursion, and ferrvboats in New York waters is productive, not of confusion and uncertainty only, but, also, of absolute hurt and loss to the community. The obvious remedy is to abolish the system by Act of Congress and to give power to the New York city authorities to appoint a commissioner of public safety, with jurisdiction to inspect and condemn (among other things) all vessels and boats, public or private, of whatever sort that ply for pleasure or profit within the limits of the city. This board should, of course, be awarded power to refuse or grant licenses in every case in which the safety of the public is concerned. Dayton, Ohio, is one of the larger cities that has taken up in earnest the subject of the meterage of water, and…

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