FIRE ALARM SYSTEM IN NEW YORK CITY.

FIRE ALARM SYSTEM IN NEW YORK CITY.

The action of the New York City Board of Estimate in allowing Fire Commissioner Adamson $879,588 in corporate stock for the completion of the new fire alarm system in the Borough of Manhattan, which had been urged by the commissioner, was so excellent an instance of municipal wisdom that it engenders the wish that similar action for the entire city had been provided for. Of course half a loaf is better than no bread, and the provision for the Borough of Manhattan is an improvement the importance and value of which is of the highest degree and precisely for that reason the desirability of such a similar improvement in the borough of Brooklyn and elewhere in the city is evident. The great city of New York should be equipped in regard to its fire alarm system with the very best that is adapted to its requirements and it is a case in which whatever expenditure is necessary is a wise municipal investment and true economy in the end, and this applies to the entire city as well as to its more congested districts. Commissioner Adamson requested about $600,000 for a system for Brooklyn and in doing so pointed out that the recently completed headquqarters on Malbone street, near the Sillinck entrance to Prospect Park, would have to remain idle until money had been secured for the installation of the system in that borough. The money for the Brooklyn system was asked by the commissioner at the same time as the appropriation for Manhattan and failure to provide for Brooklyn in this regard at this time is ascribed to a scarcity of available funds. The effort to secure the money for this improvement will, it is stated, be continued.

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