GAS & ELECTRIC LIGHTING
—It is stated that a large central electric lighting station has recently been completed in Madrid, and electricity is already being distributed by underground mains to houses at a distance of two miles. The undertaking is in the hands of an English company holding a concession from the Madrid authorities.
—The New York City Gas Commission, on December 26, finally decided to accept the bids of the electric light companies for furnishing the city with 1386 electric lamps. The cost is estimated at forty cents per night for each lamp.
—The Paris (Franee) Municipality has been asked by the four companies who have district concessions for electric lighting to extend the period till 1930. In return the price charged will be reduced. The matter is now under consideration.
—Fred. V. L. Smith of Pittsburgh is the inventor of a peculiar electrical apparatus for the purpose of producing flash lights to imitate lightning on the stage. Flash lights are located among the flies, and are operated from a small resistance coil located at a convenient place behind the scenes.
—The railroad commissioners will give at 3 o’clock p. M., January 5, a hearing on the application of the Troy and Albia Railroad Company of Troy, N. Y., for permission to change the motive power from horses to electricity.
—H. VV. Jones of New York has invented a device intended to protect persons and animals from injuries by broken trolley wires on electric street railways. When a wire is broken the current is conducted to the supporting pole, and thence harmlessly to the ground.
—If the capital stock of the Troy and Albia Company be increased at the meeting January 19, the work of arranging the road for electric motors will be pushed. The new rails recently laid on the road were wired and are ready for electric cars.
—A dispatch from St. Louis says: “ It is announced here to-day that the Adams Electric Railway Company of St. Louis will within the next two weeks enter suit against the ThomsonHouston, the Sprague, the Short and other electric railway companies, whose systems are now in successful operation, for infringements of patents covering the fundamental principle of propelling cars with electricity as a motive power.”
—A part of the force at the Eddy Electric Company’s works at Windsor, Conn., is working day and night to complete a large dynamo (45-horse power) for a plating establishment in England.
—The Village Electric Gaslight and Railway Company has been formed at Chicago; capital stock, $50,000; for the construction of electric plants and the furnishing of gas and electricity for power and illumination in Du Page county. Ill.; incorporators, William H. Porter, Charles S. Read and Gilbert E. Porter.
—The board of trade of Bordentown, N. J., is considering the proposition made to it by the Goodwin Gas and Meter Company of Philadelphia, Pa., that if the town will dispose of $60,000 worth of stock it will move its plant to Bordentown.
—An electric railway will be built at Rochester, N. II.
—The Thomson-PIouston Electric Company’s interest in the Newport (R. I.) Street Railway Company has been bought by a Newport syndicate.
—An 800 horse-power Corliss engine has been put in by the Springfield Electric Light Company at Springfield, Mass.
—The United States Treasury Department has decided that natural gas is a dutiable commodity.
—The committee on street lighting at Springfield, Mass., reports that the city has now in use 365 half arc electric lights, an increase for the year of 27; also 60 gas lights, an increase in the year of six; 338 oil lights, a decrease of 11.
—The Chicago Battery and Traction Company has been formed at Chicago to manufacture electric, primary and storage batteries, dynamos, etc.; capital stock, $300,000; incorporators, Frank G. Holton, Henry R. Gurkee and Edward Atfield.
—Among the companies recently incorporated in Michigan is the Lake Superior Electrical Construction and Supply Company at Marquette; capital stock, $200,000.
—At Atlanta, Ga., application has been made for a charter for an electrical road by the Capital Railway Company. Frank Carter and others are the incorporators. The road will be six miles in length.
—The Toronto and Mimico Electric Railway and Light Company, with headquarters at Toronto, has been incorporated, with a capital stock of $100,000, to build an electric railway connecting Toronto and Mimico, etc.
—A stock company will be organized, it is stated, at Rome, Ga., for the purpose of erecting a new electric light plant.
—The town of Newman, III., has let a contract to the Royal Electric Light Company of Peoria, for an electric plant, and expects to have it in running order within a few weeks. Rantoul, Ill., is also agitating the question, and, if possible, will establish a plant.
—Empressa del Alumbrado Electrico di Cartcgnia y Barrouquilla is the name of a corporation with an office in Jersey City, which proposes to do business in South America in erecting and operating electric light plants, and sell and operate dynamos, meters, telegraph and telephone apparatus.
—Application is being made to the Canadian legislature to incorporate the Ries Electric Traction and Brake Company of Canada, for the purpose of utilizing and developing the application of electricity to motive power, working, manufacturing and dealing in electrical apparatus and machinery for such purposes and for producing light and for other purposes.