PITTSBURG AND FILTRATION.
At Pittsburg, Pa., where there is at present a considerable amount of typhoid fever, a new water filtration commission has been appointed, which, under the wording of a resolution passed a short time ago by the common council, is instructed and empowered to verify the revised estimates of the cost of slow sand filtration submitted by E. M. Bigelow, director of public works, and to report upon the size and character of a plant large enough to supply filtered water to the whole city, including the South Side, to which a private company supplies water at present. The revised estimates of the cost were $7,500,000. The sum of $3,000 (not to he exceeded) is to be devoted to the expense of the commission, whose work must be finished by February 1, 1904.
The exempt firemen of New Jersey will appeal against the decision which swept away the $500 exemption, and now the State attorney general’s office is flooded with letters from assessors asking what they can do, when tax bills have been issued giving these exemptions to firemen, soldiers’ widows, and members of the National Guard. The attorney general has been counseled to do nothing, as it is well understood that the exempt firemen s organisations will appeal to the higher court.