GAS & ELECTRIC LIGHTNING
—The Anniston (Ala.) Gas and Electric Light Company has let the contract for its additional fifty-arc dynamo to the Thomson-Houston Electric Company of Boston, Mass.
—The city council of San Antonio, Tex., has refused to grant A. Fitzgerald & Co. the franchise to develop natural gas, etc., which they claim to have discovered under the bed ot the San Antonio river within the city limits. The city will probably take steps to investigate the value and extent of the find.
—Gas has been struck in Cherry vale, Kan., at a depth of Goo feet. It is said to be one of the strongest wells in the State.
—The Fitchburg Electric Light Company’s central station at Fitchburg, Mass., has been put in operation. There are two double engines of, respectively, 300 and 150 horse-power, three 100 horse-power boilers, three 50-light, one 45-light and one 30-light arc machines, and one 1000-light incandescent alternating machine.
—The Thomson-Houston Electric Company of Boston has equipped the first electric railway ever built in Australia. It is in Melbourne, and was recently put in operation.
—-The American Construction Company of Kittery, Me., capital $50,000, has been organized. William D. Rich and
II. R. Gardiner, both of Boston, are respectively president and treasurer. The company will supply electricity for lighting and power.
—The Royal Electric Company of Peoria, Ill., capital $50,000, has been incorporated by F. Luthy and others, to manufacture electrical apparatus, etc.
—The Old Town (Me.) Electric Company has elected F. A. Wyman president, and P. H. Alexander, treasurer.
—The Julien Electric Traction Company has filed at Camden, N. J., a deed of trust for $200,000 to the Mercantile Trust Company of New York.
—The employees of all the gas works of London, England, have been on strike during the past week. They have been replaced by about 1200 green hands.
—The Butchers Oil Company of Pittsburgh has struck on its property near Bakerstown, Allegheny county, Pa., one of the greatest flows of gas yet found in western Pennsylvania. The pressure is 500 pounds in a 5-inch casing.
—The Wisconsin Telephone Company ot Eau Claire, Wis., has asked the courts for an injunction against the Eau Claire Street Railway Company and the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company, restraining them from operating their road by electricity until the wires are insulated or return wires put in. At present the telephone company says that its system is constantly interfered with and its usefulness impaired.
—The Waters Paper Construction Company of Lansing* burgh, N. Y., is making “ a paper pulley for use on dynamos, which is expected to stand a strain of 1200 revolutions a minute driven by an engine of 200 horse-power.”
—The Atwood Electric Light Company of East St. Louis, III., has been incorporated.
—The Nottingham (Ala.) Water and Light Company is reported as to erect an electric light plant, and will meet December 28 to consider the issuance of $50,000 of bonds.
—Orders were introduced in the Boston Board of Aldermen this week, and referred to the corporation counsel, in effect directing the removal of all dead wires in the city and of all posts to which are attached wires which enter buildings unless fusible safety plugs on the buildings are provided.
—The North Adams (Mass.) Electric Light and Power Company has made a contract to light the fire district by electricity, and twelve lights are to be put in at once. The same power will be used which now runs the incandescent system, but later the company will erect a complete plant near the gas works and will furnish its own power.
—The Russian men of war on both the Baltic and Black seas will be furnished with electric light plants.
—The largest electric motor plant in the world is said to be that at Valparaiso, Chili. It cost $125,000 and is of 500 horsepower capacity.
—An electric light and power company has been incorporated at New Brighton, Ill., with a capital of $20,000, by P. W. Abt and others.
—Willis Mitchell of Amesbury, Mass., is reported to have invented a device by means of w’hich every kind of cooking can be done by electricity. The oven and broiler are heated by the electric current, while even flat-irons used in laundry work and for pressing clothes can be heated by the same means.
—The Essex Subw’ay Company has been incorporated in Jersey City. The purpose is to adopt a practicable system for putting all lighting, power, telegraph and telephone wires underground. A composition of wood pulp is receiving favorable consideration.
—During the stay of the fleet of evolution, consisting of the new war ships Chicago, Boston, Atlanta and Yorktown in Boston Harbor, the powerful search lights were frequently experimented with on dark nights, to the astonishment, says Modern Light and Heat, of the unsophisticated public who were unaccustomed to seeing anything so brilliant. The general electrical equipment of these ships was of the most elal>orate and complete kind.
—Four syndicates are in the field for a franchise to construct an electric street railway at Merrill, Wis. .
—Wheeling, W. Va.,will ask the legislature for authority to put up and run an electric light plant.
—The Merrimac (Mass.) Light Company is a new organization. T. T. Robinson is treasurer.
—The electric light plant at New Lisbon, O., will be enlarged and an incandescent system put in shortly after January i.
—Two wealthy Chinamen, Wong and Fong, according to The Electrical World, are in this city to buy electric light plants for China.
—Connellsville, Pa., has an electric light company, with a capital of $30,000. John O. Frisbee, John D. Cans and S. T. Norton are the organizers.
—The Albany Railroad Company of Schenectady, N. Y., is increasing its capital stock from $275,000 to $750,000, and will change its motive power to electricity.