FIRE PROTECTION NEEDS AT CHICAGO.
Fire marshal of Chicago asks for an appropriation of $2,786,313 for 1903—an increase of $705,-000 over 1902. He needs an addition of 132 men for thirteen engine companies and five hook and ladder companies, besides one hook and ladder company for the new quarters at Larrabee street and North avenue, and extra companies in quarters of engine companies Nos. 13, 18, 42, and 57. For the high pressure system are required five new fire engines, cost, $23,500; three new aerial trucks, $15,000: and six new hose wagons, $1,950. To complete the downtown system ot high pressure fire protection is needed for pipes, $150,000; for water mains to be used in connection with fireboats, in Michigan street, from St. Clair to Market street, with connections at the river at Market street. La Salle street. Dearborn avenue, and St. Clair street, cost, $45,000. A similar water main is asked for in Canal street, between Fulton and Taylor streets, to connect with the river at Fulton street. Washington, Adams. Van Buren, and Taylor streets, $09,500. and another in Stewart avenue, between Twelfth and Polk streets, with fireboat connection at the slip, $25,000.
At Kansas City. Mo., an ordinance has passed the lower house increasing water rates from $30 to $50 the million gallons to consumers supplied from the flow-line.