A WATER STEAL IGNORED.
Last week the November grand jury for Kings county, N. Y., sitting in Brooklyn, New York, handed up a presentation to Judge Crane, in the county court, in which they sustained the charges made by Deputy Water Commissioner Van Iderstine against the American Sugar Refining company to the effect that the company has been using water from unmetered taps to the value of $525,000, in the last five years, and recommending that the corporation counsel take steps to collect the amount. It is estimated that the water so taken has amounted to about 1,800,000 gallons a day. It was found that there was one four-inch pipe in use in South Second street, of which there is no record of existence in the water department, and another similar connection in Kent avenue. The flow of water in these pipes is estimated at sixty cubic feet per minute The presentment adds: “The grand jury takes this opportunity in commending in the highest terms the work of Deputy Commissioner Van Iderstine and his assistants, in the performance of their duties as shown to the grand jury and trusts that the work thus inaugurated will be carried out to its full conclusion.” It will be observed that no indictment was found against the delinquent sugar refining company, which means that the money must tte recovered by civil process, and that those who perpetrated the water steal escape any criminal prosecution.
An additional engine company is to be organised at Waverly, Baltimore, besides the truck Company now there.