Issue 1 and Volume 68.

SEWERAGE Proposals for fifteen contracts for the construction of branch sewers involving an expenditure of upward of $160,000 were received by the Department of Public Works, Philadelphia, about a month ago, but the awards have been held up owing to what were regarded as excessive prices. The sewers were urged upon the department on the plea that upon their construction depended the erection of a number of building operations to relieve the house shortage. The matter was brought to the attention of Mayor Moore, and after consultation with Joseph C. Wagner, acting director of public works, and George E. Webster, chief of the Bureau of Surveys, the last two officials were delegated to visit the localities and ascertain whether or not the building operations would be proceeded with in the event of the sewerers being constructed.

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