Connersville Water Problem Settled.
After many years of controversy between the city of Connersville, Ind., and the hydraulic company which furnishes the water supply a compromise has been reached. The old contract for hydraulic rental was $1,800 per year. This contract expired two years ago the 10th day of March, 1909, so that the city has been running without a contract for nearly two years. President Johnston, up until recently, it is understood, had been holding out for an annual rental of $3,500. He had accepted the annual $1,800 rental with the distinct written understanding that it was accepted on account and in no wav vitiated his claim for the $1,700 additional or $3,400 for the full two years. Through his attorneys it has been made known that he will accept $2,900 for his claim for the two years, a decrease of $500. The City Council refused to accept even these terms and it was finally agreed that the city should pay the company $2,500. The propositions carried two other considerations besides the rental matter. The hydraulic company concedes to the city possession and ownership of the machinery now in use at the old waterworks. On the other hand, the hydraulic company is to get a light franchise for a period of twenty-five years.