The New Year
Before another issue reaches the readers of FIRF. AND WATER ENGINEERING, 1919 will have become a thing of the past and the Twentieth Century will have grown out of its teens. In spite of labor troubles and the H. C. L., 1920 opens with very encouraging prospects for the country at large and for the special activities this journal represents. The War is at an end and Peace, while not yet actually consummated, is so near that we may consider it an actual condition. The unrest so apparent in the past six months now appears to be gradually subsiding, and in consequence business in all lines has begun to take on heart, and activity is to be noticed where apathy and stagnation were the order of the day a short time ago. Public improvements in both water and fire departments are being prosecuted with vigor, in many cities large bond issues for additions to plants and apparatus having been passed. Taken all in all, the situation has a decidedly optimistic outlook, and FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING feels quite justified in wishing its many friends a Most Happy and Prosperous New Year.