High-Pressure System for Chicago.
A high-pressure system for the protection of Chicago has been indorsed by the city administration, many insurance men, and, it is understood, by the fire department. Nothing, howevet, can be done until the proposed subway for street cars is completed, since that will call for the removal of all present underground pipes. The cost of such removal will delay it for several years. Meanwhile, therefore, better protection down town is urgently needed. It is now proposed to install an 18-in. wrought iron pipe on the inner edge of the elevated railway loop, hounding the congested district of the city, with hose connections in the centre of each block and at the street intersections. This will be supplied from a pumping station on the river, which, by keeping the water in constant circulation, will prevent freezing. Provision is made for connecting with the fireboats, if anything should happen to the pumping station. The cost of the installation is estimated at about $160,000, and it is claimed that it will he of great service during the time when the subway is being installed, when the street mains will necessarily be frequently out of service.