Issue 27 and Volume 56.

BUSINESS KEEPS SHOWING GAINS Written Specially for “Fire and Water Engineering.” With the advent of the holiday season the business situation, while still, of course, foremost in the public mind, has experienced, in a measure, that temporary decrease of public attention usual to the season when Christmas and the New Year claim some attention, no matter what else may be going on. Notwithstanding this, trade conditions keep on showing gains and that the general situation continues to grow firmer is apparent in many ways. Municipalities are planning and contracting for public improvements, some of them on a large scale, and bond issues are being authorized and the bonds offered in such quantities as to afford certain evidence that funds for public necessities are without doubt actually obtainable. In New York City the Board of Estimate has been asked to appropriate over $1,800,000 from the water revenues for the maintenance, improvement…

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