Electrolysis and Corrosion

Electrolysis and Corrosion

The views of two experts on the same subject are always of interest, especially when their approach is at different angles. In the description by Air. Dixon in this week’s issue of the corrosion of a force main at Akron through electrolysis we have a similar paper to that by Mr. Phillips, last week—similar in subject but treated from an entirely distinct standpoint to the article of the last issue. Last week the authority treated his subject from the standpoint of an enthusiastic investigator and expert in electric currents and electrolysis, pressing forward to new discoveries. In this issue the city engineer is working to solve the difficulty which confronts his department and means loss and annoyance to the city and its consumers.

Though approached from these entirely different viewpoints, the authorities agree in all particulars and their opinions harmonize perfectly. To the individual who has studied the subject of electrolysis the results of these investigators’ labors and the evident agreement of opinions should be of great interest, especially considering the unusual aspects of the case.

It remained for the captain of the Steamship Potomac, after fighting a fire in hold No. 4 for a day in mid-ocean, to use his vessel as a self-acting fire extinguisher. According to his own account, the ship, after twenty-four hours’ fire fighting by the officers and crew had four hundred tons of water in the hold, causing a serious list to starboard. The fire was on the port side and the captain saw that something drastic must be done if the ship was to be saved. Ordering the engineer to crowd on every ounce of steam she could carry, the captain suddenly threw the helm hard a’port and as the ship quickly replied she was thrown on an even keel and the tons of water poured in an avalanche from the starboard to the port side, practically smothering the fire. There was little left of the blaze but the damage when the Potomac moored to the Hoboken, N. J., dock.

An interesting and important work that the fire department of Manila, P. I., under the direction of Chief Vanderford, has conducted is a war on the deadly mosquito pest, which with its tropical climate means much for the health of the insular city. This consists of the constant flushing of drains and flood water by the members of the department with the result that the larva of the insect has no opportunity to develop, and while the report does not mention the results, this extra work of the department should go a great way toward lessening the danger of the inhabitants from malaria and similar diseases so prevalent in the tropics.

The Chicago office of the law department of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, formerly in the La Salle Hotel, was on April 1 removed to Room 400 McKinlock Building, 209 West Jackson Boulevard, in that city. The telephone number is Harrison 7847.


If the special party being formed by Fred. Bensen is to be taken as a criterion, there will be a surprisingly heavy Eastern representation at the San Francisco chiefs’ convention. Already more than a hundred reservations have been received for the special train to make the trip, reports Mr. Bensen, and the likelihood is that this number will be more than doubled. The delegation will be made up of chiefs and other fire officials from all parts of the East and New England. As hotel and railroad arrangements have to be made far in advance, reservations should be made without delay. Fire officials are all invited—if you’re going communicate immediately with Fred Bensen, Eureka Fire Hose Co., 27 Barclay St., New York.

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