HIGH-PRESSURE SERVICE FOR MANHATTAN.
The engineers in charge of the work of installing the high-pressure water service for Manhattan. New York, expected to have the northern section of the district laid out by the department of water supply, gas and electricity, which includes a large portion of the shopping district, ready for actual service within the next three months. This section includes all the territory between Broadway and the North River south of Twenty-third street and north of Eleventh street While the high-pressure pumping station in Gansevoort and West streets probably will not be ready until early next year, arrangements are now being made to lay temporary mains to the waterfront, so that, in case of a large tire before the completion of the pumping station, the new system may be used by connecting it with one or two of the hreboats. All the 12-in. mains required for this service in the cross-streets of the section have been laid and the work of laying the 24-in. trunk mains in Seventh and Fifth avenues and the 20-in. mains in Broadway and Tenth avenue is to be begun within the next few days. In addition, the work of laying the 12-in. mains in the cross-streets in the middle s-ction between the North River and the Bowery from Spring to Eleventh street has been begun. Besides completing the laying of mains in the cross-streets in the northern section. the contractors have placed more than onehalt of the 500 four-nozzle fire hydrants required in this section and expect to set the others within the next fortnight. According to I. M. De Varona, chief engineer of the denartmeut of water supply, gas and electricity, work on the southern section, between the Bowery and Park row and the North River from Chambers to Spring street, will not be begun until next soring. This system when completed will have at the outset a capacity of 15.000 gals, of water a minute, or 43.000.000 gals, a day.
With piles of lumber all round in the yards of the Black Lake Lumber company at GuipnL Rluff. there was no protection against a fire which did $15,000 worth of damage.