Hearing on Utica Water Contracts.
For two hours, on the afternoon of October 9, the New York State Canal Board held a hearing in Albany on the proposed contract with the Consolidated Water Company, of Utica, N. Y., listening most of the time to objections to the granting of the contract by attorneys representing the Utica Gas and Electric Company. Secretary of State F. M. Hugo presided and the water company was represented by former Senator Harvey Ferris. He said the state had taken something away from the water company instead of giving something to it, as had been claimed. He contended that the water company holds all right to the stream, but that it is in a conciliatory attitude, does not want litigation and was ready to agree to almost any reasonable thing. “We have nothing to say about the contract,” said Mr. Ferris. “We have been driven back and back, and I am not so strong for the contract. The state .came up and appropriated Morgan’s dam with considerable flow of West Canada Creek, and we are not seeking anything for this. I am not in favor of litigation. We will make this contract if it is best for all interests.” At the close of the hearing adjournment was taken to October 23 at 2 p. m.