A NOVEL INSTALLATION PROJECTED AT MARQUETTE, MICH.
At the meeting of the city council of Marquette, Mich , October 2, says a Western exchange, a resolution was passed employing Fred H. Whipple to act as adviser to the city in the investigation of the question of electric lighting, and to make complete plans for remodeling the water-works. Mr. Whipple has carefully studied the natural facilities at Marquette, and has in mind a most unique installation. Within two and a half or three miles of the city there is the great water power of the Dead river, which is practically going to waste. At one place within a short distance the difference between levels is 140 feet, and the water can be used fourteen times. The idea is for the city to purchase the water power for its own use, and establish an electric plant to furnish lights for the streets, commercial lights, power to run the city waterworks and power to private consumers. Mr. Whipple estimates 100 arc lights for street lighting, 1000 incandescent lights for commercial use, 350 horse-power to run the water-works and 1000 horse-power for private use. No franchise for electric lighting has been given by Marquette, consequently the city would have no competition In that direction. The availability of the water power would make the work of installation very easy. The city, by renting power and lights, can light its streets and furnish power for Its water-works at a nominal cost. The members of the city council appreciate the advantages within their reach, now that they have been laid before them, and there is a prospect of the city carrying out Mr. Whipple’s plans.