—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.




—A tunnel eight miles long, through gneiss rock, is proposed to bring the confined waters of l’Oegeren-See to Christiania, Norway. According to La Semaine des Constructeurs the tunnel will have a circular section nearly sixteen feet in diameter and will run half full. The surface of the lake is 330 feet above sea level, and its shores are surrounded by forests whose timber will be floated through the tunnel to the seaport. The water power thus rendered available is estimated at 24,000 horse-power.

—Charles A. Silliman has been appointed a dock commissioner of New York city in place of the late Mr. Stark.

—During the year just past the building improvements of Sioux City, la.,foot up $5,128,614, an increase over the previous year of $1,256,397.

—Fort Wayne, Ind., expended over $70,(xx> for street improvements last year.

—An Italian engineer has completed the survey of a proposed canal across Italy, from near Castro on the Tyrrhenian Sea, to Fano on the Adriatic. It will be 180 miles long if it is ever built, and will cost $100,000,000.

—Permits for the erection of fifty-two new buildings were issued in Brooklyn last week. The estimated cost is $214,185.

—The building permits issued at Indianapolis, Ind,, last year numbered 1203, calling for an expenditure of $1,379,000.

—The first engine and car passed across the new Poughkeepsie bridge over the Hudson river last Saturday. The formal opening of the bridge is expected to take place shortly,

—Plans are about finished for the new public building at Worcester, Mass., and bids for its construction will shortly be invited.

—At Wilmington, Del, last year 316 building permits only were issued, against 432 in 1887. The strike is blamed for the falling off in activity.

—The late Duchess of Galliera gave $10,000,000 to the city of Genoa for a hospital and other public works. Her husband also gave it $5,000,000 for harbor improvements.

—During the past year there have been issued in New York city 4958 building permits, calling for an expenditure of $20,360,800.

—A good system of brick paving is reported as in use in Cumberland, Md. The bricks used are made at fire-brick works at Williams, on the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad, and are constructed from the refuse clay not suitable for regular fire-bricks. They are both hard and tough They are laid endwise, with broken joints, in sand. Afterwards they are pressed down with a heavy roller and boiling tar poured over them so as to make a compact mass as well as to exclude the water, A layer of sand is thrown over the tar before cooling. A very smooth, solid roadbed is the result, and it is comparatively noiseless. A similar pavement has for some time been in use at Wheeling, W. Ya , and other cities, where they have been considered satisfactory.

—The Granolithic Paving Company, capital $25,000, has been incorporated by J. C. Roger, Jacob Erratt, J E. Askith, A. McLean, A Kobillard, and 11. Robilhurd of Ottawa, and Robert Forsyth of Montreal.

—The Waterville (Me) Sentinel thinks that fifty-six new dwelling houses, aggregating $100,000 in value, with others building, and swelling the new building property of the year up to more than $150,000, is not a bad record for Waterville in the year 1888.

—The abutments of a bridge over a river in Austria have settled twenty feet in the river bed since 1886. As the settlement progresses the masonry of the bridge is built up correspondingly so as to maintain the same road level.

—A committee of the Chicago Board of Education has recommended the erection of fourteen additional school buildings, and the city council will be asked for the needful appropriation.

—The company which built the capitol of Texas for 3,000,000 acres of land sold this in a lot, it is said, at $3.50 per acre, or for $10,500,000 ; and the capitol only cost $3,500,000, leaving a clear profit of $7,000,000.

—The Brooklyn Bridge is vindicating its usefulness. During the past twelve months 33,116,816 people have passed over it, of whom 2,785,533 walked across and the rest went in the cars.

—Work has been begun on the tunnel under the St. Clair river at Port Huron, Mich. Two shafts have already been sunk to the proposed depth. When finished the tunnel will extend 2500 feet on the American side, 2200 feet under the river, and 4000 feet on the Canadian side. The cost is estimated at $2500.

—The Riparian commissioners and the joint legislative committee held a tin&l meeting on Thursday to receive proposition# to fill in the Jersey City water front between the Central Railroad docks and Robbin’s Reef. The new stretch is intended for wharves. The committee has for nearly a year been taking testimony. The plan suggested now is to build a sea wall at deep water the entire length of the front and connect with the shore by piers. Phis plan, it is claimed, will in no way interfere with the ebb and flow of the tide, The matter will be laid before the legislature.