NOTES FROM EVANSVILLE.

NOTES FROM EVANSVILLE.

Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

EVANSVILLE, IND., Sept. 7, 1907.

At last Evansville firemen will soon receive the long-looked-for increase in salary. Almost once a month for the last year the resolution for such an increase was brought up in city council, and just as often the council would lay it over for a month. At the last meeting of that body, however, a resolution was passed unanimously, under suspension of the rules, fixing the salaries for the fire department as follows: Chief, $1,900; assistant chief, $1,250; engineers, two years’ service, $900: more than two years’ service, $1,000; captains, $950; firemen, two years’ service, $720; for next three years, $780. and subsequent year-. $850. As soon as the mayor signs the ortli nance, the firemen get their increase. 1 erre Haute city officials a few days ago asked for a statement regarding the pay of the Kvansville men. If they get the above new list, perhaps, the Terre Haute firemen will get a raise in pay.— The new No. 5 fire station (we have nine other stations besides the new one; tbe old No. 5 was abandoned years ago) is almost completed. It is a beauty, a double house—in fact, one of the finest and best arranged in the city, and was much need d in the West Knd, where it is locat d. At first thc”c will he only one company (hase wagon) housed there, making one steamer, combination wagon and hose wagon out there.—Next year house No. 11 will be built near the Kelt railroad. On this b ‘It some of the largest manufacturing plants in the city are located, with a combined output amount ing to millions of dollars yearly; there are, also, many residences in the neighborhood. To h.lp in getting the engi’nehottse as soon as possible, the manufacturers have offered to donate, free of charge to the city, two large lots on which to build the house. I he city will accept the ( ffer and an extra tax-assessment will be taken up to pay for the new house and equipment.— Sum weeks ago a woman opened a cellar door in her dvvellinghouse to get some gasoline out of a 5 gal. tank. A terrific explosion ensued which shook the hous: loose of its foundation and enveloped the poor woman in flames. She died short lv afterwards; her face and shoulders were literally baked. B fore she died she said she had no – atclies nor any light in th house when the explosion oc currcd. — Work on the broken intake – pipes at the waterworks station was begun several weeks ago, jmd was going on finely, with tbe hopes of finishing that job, which has been hanging on for years. But the Ohio river came up with a good rise of water and the work had to be abandoned again, as nothing can be’done when there is more than a 9-ft. waterstage. There is no telling if any work on the pipes can be done this year, as it is raining almost every day and the river is above 9 ft. con tinuallv. We have got along for years without tbe broken intake-pipes, and l guess can and must. It seems that way now for the next year or .years.

NOTES FROM EVANSVILLE.

NOTES FROM EVANSVILLE.

EVANSVILLE, IND., April 18, 1907.

Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

The question of an increase in the salary of the members of the fire department of Evansville, Ind., as suggested by the board of public safety and members of the city council, has been shelved for sometime to come. At the last meeting of the council there was an argument in regard to the salary question. As there is said to be a deficit, the question was laid over—practically killed. The idea seems to be that the firemen do no more than they are paid to do and would not earn more if they worked outside as ordinary men. — Kor the (ire department there will be built three new hose-wagons in this city. An old chemical engine has been rebuilt for a hose wagon and installed at No. 3. There are now only two more reel-wagons in service, as the one at three’s has been thrown out. and two of the new hose-wagons being built are. to take the place of the reels, while the third is to be placed at the new house on the West Side, the contract for which will be given out soon. There is also talk of placing a truck at the new house. —A new house is soon to be constructed in Columbia Addition. When finished the department of this city will be one of the best of any citv of the same size and will afford Evansville the best of protection. The amount of hose will be materially increased, and the department will be thoroughly supplied with necessary equipment. Much new firefighting materia! is being bought: 3.000 ft. of new hose have been received. also a new Deluge hose, and more is to come, while even piece of apparatus is being put in firstclass shape for use.—The board of public works wants to forbid the erecting of awnings within the fire-linuts, and would remove those already up. The merchants say they will not obey such an order. These awnings, however, will cause a serious conflagration some time or another, especially when stores are empty. A spark might any moment set them ablaze when the department is working elsewhere at a fire, and a conflagration might ensue. The insurance people should look after the matter.—The condition of the water pumped through the city mains right now out of the high Ohio river is a constant reminder that filtration is one of the chief necessities for Evansville. We could then have pure, clear water from the river, at a cost not to exceed $100,000. Such at least is the opinion of expert engineers. One plan proposed is very simple and involves the use of the sand-bed of the Ohio river— a natural filterbed close at hand. Strainer-pipes would be laid, the pipe having cross-sections with its axis, hair-like openings being cut at intervals of an eight of an inch, some five, six or seven, being cut round the circumference of the pipe with a space of a quarter, a half or a whole inch intervening, according to the diameter of the pipe, This strainer-pipe is sunk in the bed of the river sand at a depth of three or four feet. The water percolates through the sand and through the openings into th • pipe. By the time it has gone through four feet of sard, it is purified. It is then drawn into the main intake pipes, and thence pumped into the city. J. D.