BINGHAMTON. N. Y.
The board of water commissioners of Binghampton, N. Y., report that the water receipts for 1895 were $77,342.05, and their expenditures $63,127.20. On April 1,1895, they reduced the family rate for water from $5 to $4 a year. The mains have been extended 22,616 feet; 291 new connections have been made with the mains; and 46 new hydrants set, making 469 in the city. Aside from the bonds of $170,500 there is no indebtedness,and the bonds and interest, amounting to $6,685, coming due this year, will be paid from earnings, the commissioners requiring no appropriation from the city. It is noticeable that the commissioners received $20,868.83 from water rents by meter, and $45,874.16 from other water rents, besides $184.50 from sale of meters. There will be more meters installed during 1896. There are at present in use 418 meters and indicators. The makes are as follows: 1-2 inch—Crown,95, Thomson, no, Union rotary,17, Hersey, 17, Undine,1,Nash,4; 3-4-inch—Crown, 41, Thomson, 35, Union rotary, 12, Hersey, II, Undine, i.Nash, 1; i-inch—Crown,11, Thomson, 5, Union rotary, 1, Hersey, 5; 1 1-2 inch—Crown, II,Thomson, 5,Union rotiry, 3; 2 inches—Crown,6, Thomson 4, Union rotary,9. Hersey, 22. Elevator indicators, 13. There is in use present 49 miles, 4,733 feet of street mains varying from i-inch wrought iron pipe to 30-inch cast iron pipe.
At Port Perry,Ont.,a young man who was assisting the firemen during a fire, in which a business house was destroyed, was killed by the falling of a wall.