OTHER MUNICIPAL WORKS
—Four hundred merchants, underwriters, shipmasters and owners of vessels have petitioned Congress for the establishment of a harbor of refuge at Edgartown, Mass.
—The sundry civil bill reported to the House of Representatives contains an item of $100,000 for completing the public building at Lowell, Mass., and $75,000 for finishing that at Worcester, Mass.
—In his annual message to the Brooklyn Board of Aldermen, Mayor Chapin suggests the construction of an intercepting sewer and raising the grades of streets in the flooded district, at a cost of about $1,1700,000 ; also the expenditure of $1,000,000 on sewers in the Twenty-sixth Ward, and the purchase of sites for twenty new schools at a cost of $1,500,000. He says that a new building for the fire department headquarters is needed, and suggests building new engine and police stationhouses more rapidly. The propositions involve issuing bonds to a total amount of about $8,000,000. The present debt of Brooklyn is abkk iki mjout $32,000.
—The St. I amis Basket Manufacturing Company has recovered $2000′ from the city because of damage to its leasehold and machinery occasioned by defective sewers. Plaintiffs claimed that their walls were cracked anti machinery made to rust by the leakage of a sewer.
—Bartlett & Thompson of Little Hock, Ark., are preparing plans for a fireproof building to be erected by Bradley county at Warren.
—The Waco (Ky.) Mining and Manufacturing Company, capital stock $200,000, has been organized, and will start the pottery and sewer pi]x: works lately mentioned. C. L, Searcy is president.
—La Crosse, Wits., voted January 8 upon the question of issuing bonds to the extent of $70,000 for the construction of a bridge.
—At Philadelphia last year about 22)4 miles of main, branch and lateral sewers were built.
—The estimated expenditure of the corporation of Halifax has been fixed by the council at $310,896.
—The value of 1014 new houses built at Tacoma, W. T., in 1888 approximates $2,148,500.
—One million dollars is the estimated cost of the improvements to be made on the New Vork State canals during 1889.
—Permits for the erection of 4958 buildings, valued at $20,360,800, and 1913 sheds worth $191,300, were issued in Chicago, III., in 1888.
—Cook county, Ill., during the past two years expended on account of public schools $3,270,697.73.
—Mexico has been successful in securing a loan of $2,000,000 to enable her to carry on the extensive system of drainage proposed at the capital.
—Over eighty-two holes of streets have been made, more than 3000 houses have been built, and about $27,000,000 have been spent in public improvements in Rome, Italy, during the past twenty years.
.Grand Rapids, Mich,, during 1888, expended the following : For street improvements, $74,400; for constructing sewers, $32,830; extending water mains and improving the waterworks, $97,038; and on its city hall $62,127, a total of $2(16,395 ; besides which contracts have been made for sixteen miles more of water mains, which, when finished, will give the city a total of fifty-eight miles of water mains.
—The new bridge over the Cumberland river at Hyde’s Ferry, Tenn., was opened January 10.
—Two hundred and seventeen building permits were issued in Savannah, Ga., during 1888.
—There were built at Detroit last year 2422 new buildings and 554 additions, at a cost of $3,723,485. Of the new buildings, 477 were of brick or other incombustible materials, as were ninety-one of the additions.
—At Boston last year, up’ to December 26, permits were issued for the erection of 1543 wooden buildings and 379 of brick or stone, a total of 1922, against 1955 in 1887 and 1699 in 1886.
—The new intercepting sewer in Waterbury, Conn., was finally finished Thursday last. Its length, including connections, is 6328 feet.
—-Union county, Ind., will erect a new court-house.
—Over two dozen important new bridges are projected at different places throughout the country.
—Street improvements cost Muskegon, Mich., $64,361.07 during 1888.
—Permits for erecting fifty-six new buildings, worth $356,065, were issued in Brooklyn, N. Y., last week.
—Lagrange county, Ind., since the war has spent $128,000 for public improvements and $100,000 for school-houses.
—Building permits numbering 4339, with an actual valuation of $10,198,837, were issued in Minneapolis, Minn., during the past year.
—A steel bridge is to be constructed across the Bras d’Or lake in Cape Breton. The cost of the proposed bridge will likely be $500,000.
—The year 1888 witnessed the erection of 373 new buildings, valued at $737,080, in Atlanta, Ga.
—The sum of $18,000 has been subscribed for a new street railway in Jeffersonville, Ind., work to begin in sixty days.
— The residents of the Seventeenth ward of Brooklyn are elated at the prospect of soon having a park.
—The items in this year’s river and harbor bill for the waters in the vicinity of New York are as follows : Improving East Chester creek, New York—continuing improvement, $3000. Improving Hudson river, New York—continuing improvement, $38,500. Improving Newtown creek and bay, New York—continuing improvement, $16,500. Improving Harlem river, New York—continuing improvement, $150,000. Improving East river and Hell Gate, New York—removing obstructions, $175,000.
—At Camden, N. J., 949 building permits were issued last year.
—Marine City, Mich., states The Magnet, experienced no building boom during 1888, yet $85,000 worth of building was done in the city that year, “ and we don’t have to count in the work of the shipyards, as did one of our exchanges.”
—New York city in 1888 spent $5,416,498 for public improvements; gJJ’ miles of new pavements have been laid, while 39,945 feet of new sewer were built.
—The Savannah (Ga.) Electrical Company, capital $50,000, has been incorporated by Herman Myers and others. They propose to establish a burglar alarm and telegraph system.
—At Worcester, Mass., the following named city officers have been re-elected : City clerk, E. II. Towne ; city engineer, Charles A. Allen ; water commissioner, JohnG. Brady; water registrar, George E. Batchelder ; commissioner of highways, L. B. Stone; superintendent of public buildings, Charles H. Peck ; superintendent of sewers, Richard Fobes.
—According to Herr Leonhardt, a German engineer, the number of locomotives in use on German railroads was 12,450 in the year 1885-86, the average age being 12.49 years. Fifty engines built previous to the year 1850 were still in use at the date referred to, the oldest of which dated from 1845.
—Although, as far as the commercial application of electricity is concerned, America is a pioneer, the city of Milan in Italy is certainly a progressive one in this particular. The lighting station there has been in continuous operation for five years. They now have placed all their wires in a cable and laid them underground.
—It is reported that the long talked-of idea of utilizing wind as an agent to secure electrical potential is to be practically tested in Minneapolis. A windmill capable of giving off ten horse-power with a fifteen-mile breeze will be fixed upon the tower of a prominent building in that city, and will be connected with a dynamo. When the wind blows above a certain rate the dynamo will be run and will charge accumulators.
—“ This is the damdest place I was ever in,” exclaimed the bucolic gentleman at the theatre. “ I’ve been looking around for the last half hour and can’t find the door ’’ “ Don’t you
see the sign on that door?” asked the gentlemanly usher. “ Exit, that’s Latin, and means the place where you go out.” “Then why don’t you say so? I don’t know nothing about dead languages. ’Cause a feller can’t read Latin he’s got to burn to death in case of fire, eh.”—Boston Transcript.