After a quarter of a century’s active and faithful service Charles Hood, superintendent of the waterworks at Burlington. Ia., has retired—a step which is most deeply regretted as well by the management of the local waterworks company as by his fellow citizens.

Supt. Hood assumed charge of the waterworks in 1877, just as they were being built and was recommended by the Holly company. Had the plant been his own personal property he could not have watched over interests more carefully or given his duties more time and attention. Mr. Hood gave the affairs of the company his undivided time and attention. The hour was never too late or the night too cold to prevent him attending fires and seeing that the water service was satisfactory, an important consideration in the protection of property. Invariably quiet and agreeable, he did not waste words telling of his achievements. During all his twentyfive years of service at Burlington, he never took a day’s vacation. He will not enjoy one even now, as his new sphere of work awaits his coming.

Mr. Hood leaves Burlington with the proud consciousness that he has never made an enemy during his whole career there.

The Appellate division of the Supreme court has reversed the judgment of the lower court in allowing a demurrer to the indictment against George E. Murray, inspector of combustibles, in the fire department of New York citv. He was indicted for permitting a violation of the law relative to the storage of explosives by the late Ira A. Shaler. one of the contractors for the rapid transit subway, near the Murray Hill hotel, which was shattered by a fatal explosion of dynamite. The demurrer was based upon the grounds that the facts stated did not construe a crime, and that the indictment did not conform substantially to the requirements of the code of criminal procedure.

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