A Novel Suit.
At the last meeting of the Omaha Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, Commissioner Strickler introduced a resolution requesting the City Council to instruct the City Attorney to begin suit against the Water Works Company to recover $19,081.20, which has been expended by the city in attempting to provide fire protection for the business and residence portions of the city. This resolution cited the fact that owing to the lack of fire pressure the city had been visited by several disastrous fires during the year 1893, and that the board had urged the city authorities to purchase and equip three steam fire engines at a cost of over $19,000. The city has a contract with the Water Works Company to furnish ample fire protection within a radius of 1,000 feet from every hydrant. The city pays a rental of $84,000 per year to the Water Works Company for this purpose, and now it is alleged that this contract has been broken by the Water Works Company, consequently it is liable for the extra expense to the city for fire protection. The resolution was adopted and a copy ordered sent to the Mayor, City Attorney and City Council. In speaking of the resolution, Commissioner Strickler said that he believed that the Water Works Company should be made to stand the expenses for the three steamers, for if the company had provided ample fire protection, as is stipulated in the contract with the city, there would have been no need of purchasing the steamers. Healsosaid that if the commissioners had not been compelled to buy the steamers they would have had ample funds to the firemen I this year instead of being compelled to cut theft pay for the remainder ofthe year, lie said further, that he had figures from the city engineer and others showing that the whole Omaha Water Works system could be duplicated for about $2,000,000, and the interest on this amount would be less than the city is now paying for hydrant rental, while every family in the city, with city ownership of waterworks, could be furnished with water free of cost at the amount they are now paying.