At Piermont, N. Y., Fire Engine Company No. 1 has elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Foreman, Cornelius Ackerman; assistant, James Sarvent; secretary, Claude Styles; treasurer, Gilbert Lydecker.

The Union Hill, N, J., Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 made a fine appearance on Whit-Monday when going through their town to Carlstadt to participate in the annual parade of the Carlstadt Fire Department. They engaged Jac. Schmidt’s excursion wagon. They made their headquarters in Carlstadt at Meeker’s Hotel.

The New York Board of Fire Commissioners has passed a resolution offering advancement or other reward to any member of the fire department who presents to the board within thirty days a working model for the most simple, cheap and reliable means of casting a life line to the top of a building a distance of not less than 300 feet.

At West Hoboken the new Board of Fire Trustees, which organized last Tuesday night, Is composed of the following members: Levi A. Farr, chief engineer; J. Klump, chairman; M. Malally, J. Quigley, C. Schindler, citizens; G. Dennis, Neptune Engine Company No. 1; E. Collins, Columbia Hook and Ladder Company No. t; W. W, Barnes, Empire Engine Company No. a ; M. Kohl, Eagle Engine Company No. 3; Fred. Wells, clerk.

On Monday, June 2, the Carlstadt, N. J., Fire Department had their annual parade and picnic. Among the visiting companies which took part in the parade were Union Hook and Ladder Company No. t of Rutherford, N. J., B. Speer, foreman, J. Dupy, assistant foreman; Union Hill Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 of Union Hill, N. J., and the Carlstadt Fire Department, which is composed of Friendship Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, Carlstadt Engine Company No. 1, Bergen Hose Company No. 1; Chief Engineer C. Hasselhuhn, Assistant Engineer A. Hoecht. After the parade the firemen marched to Mount Pleasant Park, where they had a good time.


The commissioner of public works has issued the following appeal to the city officials and the public to exercise greater economy in using the city water, with a view to avert a possible water famine:

To the Public:

I am to-day in receipt of a letter addressed to me by the chief engineer of the Croton aqueduct calling attention to the present excess in the consumption of water over the supply which the aqueduct is capable of furnishing, and the perilous effects of a further decrease of pressure in the distributing mains, which will result from a continuance of such excess of consumption. The department is using, with the utmost vigor and vigilance, the authority and means at its command to limit the waste of water, by the application of water meters, the inspection of water fixtures in houses, the night inspection of house drains, the stoppage of the water supply to ornamental fountains, the appliance of waste-saving fixtures to drinking fountains, the revocation of permits to use water through hose in washing sidewalks and house fronts, and in every other possibly way. All these measures will not avail to avert the perils of a continuous decrease of pressure in the water supply unless the public shall rise to and act upon the appreciation of the fact that they must employ the same care in the use of the water which they employ as in the use of any of the other of the necessaries of life. A continuance of the present waste of water by consumers means total deprivation of water supply to certain parts of the city, inadequate pressure and supply for extinguishing fires, paralyzation of industries, danger to the public health, and loss of comfort and convenience to every household.

I state these facts in order to place them before the public in the most impressive manner, and to ask the co-operation and assistance of the people and of the several offices of the city government, and especially by the police, in the efforts of the department to save the city from the dangers of the situation.

Very respectfully,

HUBERT O. THOMPSON, Commissioner of Public Works.

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