Issue 19 and Volume 46.

WATER AND FIRE SERVICE OF FREEPORT The report of the committee on fire prevention of the National Board of Fire Underwriters on the water supply and fire protection of Freeport, Ill., has just been issued. Like other reports compiled by this committee it contains very careful details of all subjects connected with the fire and water services of the city and recommendations for needed improvements. The city has a population of 20,000 and it is growing steadily as a manufacturing centre. Its improved streets are in good condition, but many others are not, which cause delay of lire apparatus when answering alarms. Overhead wires, too, are complained of in numerous alleys in the business district. The waterworks, which are owned and operated by the Freeport Water Company, were constructed in 1882. The franchise under which the company operates was granted for a term of 30 years, consequently it expires in…

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