JERSEY CITY AND ITS WATER SUPPLY.
WHICHEVER way the officials of Jersey City turn to look for a source of water supply that shall render them independent of the thraldom of the East Jersey Water Company, that corporation seems to block the road. The Rockaway and Hudson Company offers to supply a 50,000,000-gallon supply for $6,000.000—the lowest bid received as yet. But then, the source of supply claimed by this company is also claimed by the East Jersey Company —a complication which operates against its acceptance. In the same way P. H. Flynn offers a 50,000,000-gallon supply from the Rockaway river. But once more the East Jersey Company steps in and insists that it owns the watersheds from which both the Rockaway and Hudson Company already referred to and P, H. Flynn aforesaid expect to derive their supply. A few years ago the Jersey City Water Company made a proposal to supply the city with water, and was given the contract; but on that occasion the East Jersey Company, carried the matter into the courts and had the contract set aside, on the ground that it infringed on their rights. The two bids already mentioned are practically the same as the one made by the Jersey City Water Company, and, if the contract is awarded to either the Rockaway and Hudson Company or to P. H. Flynn, the East Jersey Company, will again have it set aside, and will thus be allowed to continue its temporary supply contract for an indefinite period. There are other companies who claim that their sources of supply are free from such control; but it will probably be found that in their case also “the trail of the serpent is over them all.” The East Jersey Company is apparently master of the situation, and, like Sinbad’s “ Old Man of the Sea,” will not suffer itself to be shaken off.