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.