GAS & ELECTRIC LIGHTNING

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 They have been replaced by about 1200 green hands.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.

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—Chicago is endeavoring to secure the lighting of the street lamps and pay the gas company for the gas consumed, but this the company objects to, as the city comptroller estimates $50,000 per year alone can be saved by the change.

—A local paper says: “The pioneers of electric lighting in the city of Toronto, Ont., have now transcended all their former efforts by the introduction of the new low tension alternating compensator system, which promises to relegate gas forever to the limbo of unforgotten things. The new system supplies a light of ten-candle power for less than half a cent per hour, and is said to be perfectly harmless.”

—Chatham, N. Y., is to have electric light, the Chatham Electric Light Company with $15,000 capital having been incorporated. The trustees are: James Morehouse, Chatham ; and Clarence R. Dean and Albert M. Card, New’ York.

—The Rawson & Root Lumber Company of Michigan City, Ind., which has been operating a Heisler electric light plant for about a year, has contracted to furnish a large number of lights to the furniture manufacturers whose works are run in connection with the Northern Indiana State Prison. To carry out this contract, an order has been closed with theHeisler Electric Light Company of St. Louis for one of its largest dynamos. The new apparatus is to be in operation before the middle of November.

—The mortgagee’s sale of the Robinson-Foster Electric Motor Company of Peabody, Mass., has been restrained by an injunction issued on behalf of P. B. Patten and other stockholders. Subpoenas in equity have also been served on President Coveil and A. L. Jewell, mortgagee, to appear in the suit brought by small holders against the company.

—A report comes by way of Germany that a novel use of electricity has been made in India for the prevention of the intrusion of snakes into dwellings. Before all the doors and around the house two wires are laid, connected with an electrical apparatus. Should a snake attempt to crawl over the wires it receives a shock of electricity, which either kills it or frightens it into a hasty retreat.

—An electric light company has been organized at Needham, Mass., and a plant is projected to be begun at an early date.

—Prof. Antony of Manchester, Conn., has secured a patent for an electric magnetic separator.

—The Monson Gas and Electric Company of Boston has been incorporated with a capital of $20,000. Geo. H. Newton is president and Thomas T. Robinson, traasurer.

—The town of Beauhamois, Ont., has adopted the incandescent electric light.

—Yarmouth, N. H., is to have an electric street railway one and three quarter miles long.

—The Boston Theatre Co. has closed a contract with the Boston Edison Illuminating Co. to equip the theatre with incandescent lights. The installation will be one of the finest in the country. About 600 electric lights will be installed under this contract. The theatre will, when fully lighted by electricity, have about 1000 incandescent lights. The installation will consist of seven twenty-six light electroliers in the dome, a sixty-light canopy electrolier, twenty-eight three-light star electroliers underneath the balconies. The remaining lights will be in the proscenium arch and on the stage for footlights.

—A patent for a trolley attachment for electric railway cars has been granted to J. M. Anderson of Boston.

—The August consular report says that the business of electric lighting in Great Britain, which has developed slowly, because of the low price of gas and the legal restriction hitherto imposed, has been stimulated by the new regulations of the Board of Trade, which allows improved terms to the capitalists who desire to embark money in such undertakings. Manufacturers of every kind of electrical machinery and equipments are already reaping the benefit and are likely to continue busy for some time to come. The high tension currents, about to be employed in some of the London districts, will, if sucsessful, open up a new and wide field for electric lighting.

—The New England Electric Exchange has appointed a committee to open a school of instruction to young men who are in electrical business and who stand in need of a more technical education than they at present possess. The school will be free, and different men of high standing in electrical work will take charge of the instructing, which will be mostly done by lectures. There is great need of this school, as a great many men who have sufficient practical knowledge are incompetent to pass an examination for a license as they lack sufficient technical knowledge.—Boston Commercial Bulletin.

—According to a press dispatch, on Wednesday, in the Supreme Court of Indiana, a decision was handed down declaring the law against piping natural gas out of the State unconstitutional. The Illinois and Indiana Natural Gas and Oil Company, a Chicago corporation, expects, therefore, to be furnishing natural gas from the Indiana wells to factories and manufacturing plants in Chicago by next May. The company was incorporated two weeks ago with a capital stock of $5,000,000, and has already let the contract for the pipes. The gas trust in Chicago is back of the enterprise.

—A report in favor of granting the petition of the Buffalo Electric and Cable Street Railway Company has been accepted by the Buffalo city council. The company must give a bond of $250,000, and shall forfeit $25,000 if it fails to construct and operate its lines within three years.

—Plattsmouth, Neb., has a new electric light plant.

—Letters patent have been issued incorporating the Gananoque (Ont.) Electric Light and Water Company (limited), with a capital stock 01 $40,000.

—Advices from Chicago state that the dispute of long standing between the city and the Gas Trust has been settled. The city has been paying at the rate of $24.25 per lamp per year on 20,000 lamps, and there are 4000 lamps in the annexed districts in which the charge has been from $26 to $27.50 per year. The dispute aroseAA over a claim for extra compensation for cleaning and repairs by the Trust. The basis of the settlement is $20 per lamp per year, including cleaning and repairs, and the price of gas in the annexed districts, which has been $1.50 and $1.75 per 1000 feet, has been reduced to $1.25, the same as in the city proper. It is estimated that by this arrangement the city will save from $125,000 to $150,000 per year.

—The borough council of Sea Isle City, N. J., has granted a franchise for the construction of an electric street railroad.