Issue 16 and Volume 39.

NEW FIRE ALARM FOR MANHATTAN. Fire Commissioner O’Brien has asked the board of estimate to authorise an issue of $1,025,000 city stock for the purpose of installing a new lire alarm system in Manhattan, where the present system, he says, is “past its efficiency.” Commissioner O’Brien calls attention to an investigation made by the board of fire underwriters, whose experts “reached the conclusion that the total cost of an adequate system of lire alarm telegraph protection for the borough of Manhattan would be about $1,625,000, exclusive of the ground for the central office.” No estimate for the central office was submitted, for the reason that the price would be subject to variation, depending upon location. The commissioner’s letter to the board of estimate concludes thus: “After giving to the matter careful consideration, 1 have come to the conclusion that the issue is of such vital importance to the public welfare…

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