Severe Drought in New England States
The water situation in the New England States has reached a critical stage, the rural sections being most seriously affected by the continued drought. In Meriden, Conn., the ponds and streams are way down, and at Claremont, N. H., where the Connecticut River forms the boundary line between New Hampshire and Vermont it is possible to ford the river, a feat never before accomplished. It is reported that in this vicinity bears and other wild animals have recently been seen on the lowlands of the “Twin States,” which would seem to indicate that the water on the hills is dried up and that the animals were forced to come close to civilization to quench their thirst. The water company of New Haven, Conn., has taken steps to conserve water, and orders have been given to shut off the water at all watering troughs and sprinkling of streets be stopped. The city of Boston is also experiencing water trouble, it is said. In Worcester, Mass., the water supply has been reduced onehalf and there is only enough water in the entire Worcester system to last sixty days at the normal rate of consumption. The water commissioners of Holyoke say there is a great shortage of water in their city, and Commissioner Mead, of West Springfield, Mass., reports that the supply in that town is very low. Superintendent Sullivan, of Chicopee, acknowledged that the drought in this city is serious but upon inspecting the system recently found that while some of the small streams were dried up the larger brooks still contain a quantity of water.
Two Children Die in Apartment Fire—Two small children a boy and his sister, four and two years old respectively, were smothered to death in a fire which occurred while their mother was absent from a New York City apartment. The little boy had on several occasions lighted papers by the pilot light of the gas stove, and it is believed that during his mother’s absence had disobeyed her caution not to play with the light.