A Supply for Shelburne Falls.
Shelburne Falls, Franklin county, Mass., has made a start in the way of improving its gravity waterworks system. Of late its supply has proved insufficient, and last year a committee was appointed to investigate the question of a more adequate supply. The report was in favor of an artesian well, and the sum of $3,000 was raised and appropriated for the purpose. The water will be pumped to reservoirs on high ground and distributed by pipes laid in different parts of the village. The extension of the pipe system can be made as the conditions demand. A well can be bored as deep as may be required at a cost of $5 per foot. The first source of supply . was the Clark brook in East Buckland, and at one time it seemed as though the district might vote to go ahead with that brook as a source of supply. It was feared, however, that the supply might be inadequate, and attention was then turned to other sources. A brook in Shirkshire. Conway, was looked into, but the supply was not thought adequate, and the Avery brook in F.ast Charlemont was looked up. There was plenty of live water; but the expense was held to be too great, and the project was. abandoned. The Fox brook in Colerain was weired, and many felt that the stream might prove sufficient; hut it, also, wa abandoned. There is need of more water for fire protection and for domestic uses. The village had a narrow escape from a serious conflagration a few years ago in April. As it was. several buildings were burned. The fire was gotten under control by a timely cessation of the fierce wind which had prevailed.
At Carrier Mills. Ind., where there is no fire protection and a plenty of wooden buildings with wooden roofs, eight business houses and two dwellings were burned, with a loss of $20,000. The blaze started in the Grand Army hall, which was struck by lightning.