An Unusual Case of Electrolysis

An Unusual Case of Electrolysis

Superintendent E. M. Shroff, of the Lebanon, Pa., water department, unearthed a rather unusual case of electrolysis recently. A leak having undermined the pavement, the water department employees excavated and found a pipe badly corroded. A new piece of the heaviest kind of lead pipe was employed to replace the old one. In a few daysanother leak developed at the same spot, and on digging to find the trouble, it was discovered that the new piece of pipe was leaking and was badly corroded. A discolored brass stop cock suggested electricity, and on further investigating, it was found that wires for illumination had been run through a conduit, and later cut off, but not disconnected from the supply. As a result, the current had continued to flow and had found an outlet in the lead pipe, causing its destruction.

The Federal Court at Grand Rapids has dismissed the injunction secured by the city of Escanaba, Mich., to restrain the Northern Michigan Water Company from increasing its rates 25 per cent. The court ruled that until a legal rate has been fixed, the company will be allowed the increased rate, but will be required to keep an accurate account of the increased amount paid by each patron. If, when the rate is finally determined it is established that the Northern Michigan Water Company is not entitled to an increase of 25 per cent the company will be required to pay back to its patrons the amount paid in excess of the rate that will be permanently fixed.

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