PUBLIC DRINKNG FOUNTAINS IN NEW YORK.
NEW YORK CITY is sadly deficient in public drinking fountains for the use of both man and the dumb animals. There are already a few memorial fountains, and during the past few years three donors of fountains have given sites for their gifts to the public. In Rutgers square Jacob Schiff, a banker, erected a $50,000 fountain, and the Mary Guise Newcomb fountain at Cooper Union and the John Hooper fountain on the viaduct at One Hundred and Fifty-fifth street, both built as memorials, are used by both man and beast, and quench the thirst of hundreds daily. Several new fountains have just been erected. The Church Tem -pcrance Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church has in position six new bronze free ice-water fountains. They have been placed at the Pro-Cathedral, 130Stanton street; St. Ambrose chapel, at Thompson and Prince streets, Grace Mission house, 540 East Thirteenth street; God’s Providence house, 330 Broome street; Italian Mission, 307 Mulberry street, and the Chapel of the Messiah, Ninety fifth street and Third avenue. The fountains cost not far from $500 each for the bronze tablet, two feet square, the necessary pipes for the conveyance of water to and from the faucet, and the ice-chest filled with coiled pipes upon which the ice rests. Each fountain is supplied with 300 pounds of ice daily, so that during the months of May, June, July, August, and September, the six fountains will consume about 276 pounds. The society proposes to increase the number of fountains year by year.
The executors of the estate of Robert Ray Hamilton were directed in his will to expend about $10,000 for a fountain to be presented to the city. The designers and builders of fountains are now competing for the contract, and it is expected that the Hamilton monument will be erected early in |une. It is expected the material to be used will be bronze and granite, and the park commissioners will first pas on the design before its acceptance, they in turn having advice from the proper art judges as to the artistic merits of the gilt. It was Mr. Hamilton’s wish that the fountain tie of a modest design, and so arranged that it can be used by the thirsty as well as serving an ornamental purpose for the park or square in which it is to Ire placed.
If the grand Columbus fountain, designed by Fernando Miranda, the sculptor, ever becomes a fact.it will have a stone basin too feet in diameter, from the centre of which rises the globe on which the three ligures stand. The total height of the globe is to be 19 feet, and the figures themselves are 16 feet in height. Columbus is shown In the act of reverentially clasping the hilt of his sword, which is cross-like in form. Land has just been sighted, and the discoverer is giving his thanks to God. Martin Pinion, with hand to brow, shades his eyes to peer into the unknown land, with thoughts of future business conquests and piles of the shiny gold in his coffers. He is the businessman, w ho is not thinkidg of aught else but the caravels that will carry his wealth back to the harbor of Palos, which he will make the great harbor of Spain. His heavy risk to aid Columbus may yet reward him many hundredfold, and he rejoices. Vincente, with the hot blood of youth in his veins, is shown in striking contrast to his brother, the dignified old Spanish merchant. The younger man tugs at his girdle with one hand, while with the other he points to the emerald isles on the distant horizon. The sculptor has given his designs—the labor of years —free of cost, and the Spanish government will erect the fountain at its ow n expense, furnishing from its arsenals and bell-towers the 20,000 pounds of bronze needed for the statuary, etc.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, hope to erect six new fountains for both man and beast before very long. The design is very neat, and does not obstruct the sidewalk. The cost of each will be about $300, the city supplying the water free, and each fountain bearing a plate with the name of the giver.