ASTRUGGLE is always a struggle, but there are struggles and struggles. And this struggle with a struggle is anent our struggle to catch up with our publication dates. It has been a struggle indeed, but, as we said above, there are different kinds of struggles, and our struggle is now in a fair way to be a struggle that is going to be crowned with success. (Pause to wipe our broad, perspiring editorial brow).
IN other words, we are CATCHING UP! Slowly, it is true, but surely. By the middle of April—we hope before—FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING will be right up to the minute, not only in news lit is always that, as you know), but also in the matter of dating the issue on the Wednesday on which it really appears.
YOU know last October and November the printer-men—in order to be in the fashion—struck for more of the necessary to meet the H. C. L., and in consequence we fell three weeks behind. Now, all is serene. They and their employers have kissed and made up, and the Innocent Bystander is slowly recovering from the shock.
HERE you are, Mr. Water Works Man. Here’s the beginning of the book-keeping series you have been so breathlessly waiting for. Now sit down in a corner, shut the office door and study Mr. Hathaway’s article for an hour or so. There is more of it to come, too, and then we will branch off into the general description of the forms that our friends and other water works departments have sent us.
AND believe us, there’s a pile of ’em. Phew! We haven’t recovered yet from the nervous prostration induced by the deciding which of the blanks to use. They all have merit, and many were original and contained good suggestions, but we could not print ’em all without issuing a hundred-page supplement. So we have done the best we could, and in case yours does not appear, remember it is solely for lack of space that it has been omitted. As it is, the article will run through many issues.