Opinion on High “Pressure Systems.
Cities contemplating the installation of a highpressure system of fighting fires will do well to consider the matter well before incurring the expense. The high-pressure system is not proving the unqualified success which was predicted for it. On more than one occasion the pressure was not forthcoming when needed, and when it docs respond the enormous power of the stream tears things to pieces or ruins more property than it saves by reasn of the great deluge of water. Several chiefs have declared its province to be chiefly in fighting a great conflagration such as would warrant the use of explosives to check the advance of the fire. This may be a somewhat exaggerated view of the situation; while, on the other hand, it is no secret that many insurance men who were exceedingly active in securing a high-pressure system now regret it. From this it would appear that as an auxiliary, operated perhaps under much less pressure than was originally planned, it may have its uses, but that the present steam fire engine, which can be taken wherever needed, and which will pump water wherever found, is not likely to be superseded by high-pressure lines as at present installed or planned.—H. H. Windsor in Popular Mechanics.