NEWARK’S SEWER FLUME.
Newark, N. J., laments the collapse of its intercepting sewer flume. The collapse is attributed to tbeusing of iron nails in its construction instead of wooden pins, tree-nailed as provided for in the specifications. The estimates for the work were about $100,000; the cost of the completed flume was about $150,000. Much extra excavation was necessary, also extra piling. The specifications made the supervising engineer supreme in everything. He could order additional work and order it paid for. He was sole judge of materials. The city engineer’s exclusive duty was to supervise the construction of the system of which the collapsed flume is a part. The engineer of the New York City aqueduct board was consulting engineer for Newark. About $15,000 has been already spent for repairs, and to repair it according to the supervising engineer’s plans will cost from five to ten dollars per running foot. It is thought the council will appropriate $50,000 for the work. Steps will be token looking to recovering damages from the contractors who built the flume, if that can be done in the faceof the powers exercised by the supervising engineer. The city engineer gives it as his opinion that it is unwise to spend more money on the collapsed flume—better build a new one.
Tottenham, Ont., Can., was almost totally destroyed by fire this week. Three streets containing eighty houses were reduced to ashes.
Lansing, Mich., will erect a new fire engine house, to be modern in every respect.