Common road drainage, says a writer in The Hartford Courant, is in a very crude and chaotic state. Such practical wrestles for iron conveniences as I have had time to make, have not been void of result, however. I have learned, without much doubt, that there are no complete devices made in this country in iron for conveying surface water across, under roads or walks. All our parks, cities, public and private works are pottering with parts of pipes, gratings, etc., which require stone, bricks and mortar, and running for three or four kinds of workmen to complete the job. It will never hurt good mechanics or honest common labor to have society hump itself and be rid of its difficult ways of getting anywhere. All our adequate pipe-laying —and “adequate” is too strong a word in this connection—seems to have been expended upon drinking water and sewage—in mixing and separating the one from the other. There are heavy steam and water pipes of cast-iron In plenty. And tltere are light iron soil pipes in not too long pieces. Both have bends enough, but there are no sufficient bell-ends with gratings and slit basin to match, because a stupid or over-busy public has not seen the need and demanded them.
TO IMPROVE BOSTON’S WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM, —The Boston water board has asked the common council for an appropriation of $200,000, to be expended during the next calendar year. Owing to the recent addition of a large portion of the business section of the city to the high service system, the pressure upon the pipes of that system has been very much reduced. To remove this difficulty the laying of a new twentyinch main from Parker Hill reservoir to theCommons is recommended. The improvement of the high service in the Roxbury and Dorchester districts by the laying of additional mains is also recommended. The cost of these improvements is estimated at $89,360, and this sum is included in the amount asked for, the balance of the loan being needed for the ordinary extensions of the service. The communication was referred to the committee on water.