BUREAU OF WATER REGISTER, NEW YORK.
The clean, efficient and businesslike way in which the bureau of water register in the borough of Manhattan, New York, has been conducted under the present administration has made many strong friends both for Mayor McClellan and Water Register Joseph W. Savage. This bureau is one of the most important in the city government. Thousands of accounts, involving large sums of money, are adjusted in this office, and over $5,000,000 are collected annually for the consumption of water. Under, the administration of Mr. Savage, the general public has been treated with eminent fairness; and much has been done, with the small force at his command, to conserve and protect the water supply of this city. Although he has been seriously handicapped by an insufficient field and a clerical force frequently depleted by sickness and resignations, together with a large increase in the volume of business, he has succeeded in gaining greater results than ever before, his was demonstrated by the fact that the water revenues for 1904 exceeded those of 1903 by $89,262.33; while the cost of maintaining the bureau during 1904 was $5,287.42 less than the cost of the previous year. The commissioners of accounts, after making a careful examination of the books and records in this bureau, recently rendered a report to Mayor McClellan praising highly its administration as conducted by Water Register Savage. In their report the commissioners say that there has been a marked improvement in the keeping of the ledgers during the last year, and that, in general, they found everything in a satisfactory condition. The commissioners also recommended that the working force of the bureau be increased to meet the enormous increase in the business of the department. The friends of Mr. Savage feel confident that his work will he appreciated by the mayor, as it has been by the public, and believe that there are higher honors in store for Mr. Savage.