MAYOR LOW AND THE MANHATTAN FIRE ALARM COMPANY.
Mayor Low has decided to sustain Fire Commissioner Sturgis in revoking the permit of the Manhattan Fire Alarm company to connect its auxiliary boxes with the fire alarm wires of this city. He has done so on the general ground that such a relation between a private company and the city is contrary to public policy. We regret that the mayor should have adopted a line which commits him to the retention of a system of fire alarm telegraph which not only is obsolete but never was worth the millionth part of what was paid for it. The existing system owes its installation to politics, and to. its inefficiency and defects are chiefly due whatever lives have been lost at fires, as well as destruction of much valuable property, which might have been avoided had there been established a system thoroughly reliable and in every respect up-to-date, such as. is. that of the Gamewell company, which Fire Commissioner Sturgis, following in the wake of his immediate predecessors, is apparently determined shall never gain a footing in New York, if the promoters of any other can be pushed to the front. It is time the citizens of Manhattan arid the Bronx should have their eyes open to this fact, and should learn that, instead of the metropolis of the United States, the second city in the world in population, at least, if not in wealth and influence, being supplied with the one fire alarm system that is carrying everything liefore it outside of New York, it has to depend upon one which, in comparison, is slow and unreliable. Why this should be so Fire Commissioner Sturgis can best tell. To outsiders it does seem peculiar