A JOURNAL OF POSITIVE VALUE.
With this issue FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING enters upon its fifty-seventh volume and is now in its thirty-eight year, having been established in November, 1877. In all these years it has been true to its colors, supporting the best interests of the fire and water departments, and has had no other interests than those of these chosen fields, and in them it has developed and maintained its distinctive character as a journal of positive value to chief engineers of fire departments, of water works officials, by reason of its record of presenting the news covering these special fields from all parts of the country, and the publication of technical articles of interest to them, written by experts. For those interested in maintaining motor apparatus, one of our associate editors, Mr. Victor W. Page, one of the best engineers on this subject, gives most valuable information, covering the whole motor field, while another associate editor, Mr. Joseph B. Rider, C. E., author of engineering books, writes on important subjects relating to pressures, capacity of pipes, hydrants, fire streams and other subjects in which the heads of both are interested. Week after week the news of the progress of meterage, that of filtration and of water works construction and management in general, is presented, and matters of interest to water works superintendents, are features in its special water editions. Members of the volunteer and paid fire departments alike are responsible for the prevention and extinguishment of fires in the communities to which they belong. The organized fire department of the smallest village has as much relative responsibility in the suppression of fire as has a large fully paid department. No matter whether fires be few or many, large or small, it is the duty of every member to have up-to-date knowledge of how to handle them with as little loss as possible and to be familiar with the best apparatus suitable for their particular use. The cheapest, as well as the best means, to acquire thjs knowledge is by reading the publication that contains the greatest quantity and most instructive news on the subject, by carrying out the instructions they receive through the chief and hy actual practice. Such instructive news is printed from week to week in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The fullest information on fire fighting, together with illustrated descriptions of fires, apparatus and appliances for fire protection, are printed in its columns every week and in its special fire editions every month, while special questions on any subject relating to the fire or water services will he promptly answered by its editors upon request. When it is considered that each six months’ volume contains five hundred large pages, including the host and most interesting technical and illustrated articles on all fire and water subjects, written by specialists, ft will be seen how well the field is covered, making FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING the journal of positive value that it is.