Special correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERIN.

KANSAS CITY, MO., June 10, 1904.

Inspector Johnson, of the National Board of Underwriters, has sent in a report on the fire protection of this city, in which he finds fault in no gentle terms with the trust that is placed by all concerned in the use of the telephone for sending in alarms, as opposed to that of the regular electric fire alarm system installed in the city, whose use he evidently thinks should be made obligatory. For the fire department itself, under Chief Trickett, he has nothing but words of the highest praise. The city, however, he considers to be sadly lacking in fire protection. In tinbottoms and business centre he came across more than one conflagration district, and, with water nipes exposed as at present through the action of freshets, he looks upon the danger arising from Hoods as excessive. The supply of hose, also, is inadequate, aliout 10,000 feet being required for safety, as well as better paving than is at present laid down, rendering it very hard on the horses and apparatus of the tire department, and causing delay in retching the scene of a fire. Additional cisterns and larger mains are also called for. The authorities are apparently fully alive to the fire hazards of the city. Since 1902 they have spent $307,000 in laying larger mains, and much more will be done in the way of fire protection, to improve which a Inmd issue has just been authorised. It is contemplated too that the issue shall be $600,000. The receipts from the first $500,000 issue of waterworks bonds has been used up, and the additional money is required to complete the intended improvements.

Birmingham, Ala., will now obtain water from Hawkins springs, owned by the Adlers, owners of the Bessemer Waterworks company. The flow of the springs, which are five miles distant from the city, is 2,000,000 gallons a day. A water scarcity is thus guarded against in years to come.

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