Reconstruction of East Boston Piers.
In order to guard against a repetition of the destruction caused on the waterfront of Boston by the burning of the East Boston piers, grainelevator and sheds, there will be built three new piers 780 ft. long and 250 ft. wide, having slips about 250 ft. wide and dredged to a depth of 35 ft. The site of the old grain-elevator is to be occupied by the new pier for the Leyland line, and the new elevator of a capacity of 1,000,000 bushels is to be erected on the Marginal street side of the terminal. The Cunard pier will occupy the position of the old pier, and the third pier will be on the site of old pier No. 6. The elevator is to be of fireproof construction; the pier buildings, of steel, with floor planks 8 in. thick and separated into small sections by fireresisting partitions, both longitudinal and ‘crosssectional, while the piling will be protected with dash-boards to a point below mean low-water mark. Careful provision has also been made for the quick and safe exit of large bodies of passengers. The elevators will be connected by galleries, with seven loading berths and will be able to load four steamers simultaneously. It is thought that the improvements will probably secure a reduction of 60 per cent, in the fire insurance rate. It is the general opinion that the size of the water main on Marginal street should be increased at the earliest possible moment, so as to provide for the sprinkler system with which the entire premises is to be equiped and, also, give the fire department an adequate supply in case of necessity.
During the past year Pasadena, Cal., had 101 alarms of fire. The loss was $14,155; the insurance, $10,325. Chief A. M. Clifford and his department confined all the fires to the place of origin.