PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS South Bend, Pacific Co., Wash.—Special election to be held in December to vote on question of ISSUING bonds for purchase of new fire apparatus. D. Coulter, Chief of Fire Dept. Newton, Middlesex Co., Mass.—Board of Aldermen was requested to make an appropriation for the construction of a new central fire station. Hot Springs, Garland Co., Ark.—E. J. Fowler, City Clerk, will receive bids until Oct. 22 for $41,000 bond issue for purchase of fire apparatus and equipment. Sand Springs, Tulsa Co., Okla.—A recent election resulted in favor of issuing fire department bonds to the amount of $15,000.