THE NEW YORK HYDRANT TEST.
In this issue is brought to an end the series of articles that have appeared in FIRE AND WATER since November 21, 1896, illustrative of the many improvements that might be made in hydrants and other water appliances, so far as they corcern fire protection in New York city.
Commissioner Collis, of the public works department is determined to introduce more modern methods in the water distribution of this city, and accordingly made an arrangement for the test of such appliances in the corporation yard at Twenty-fourth street and the East River. The exhibition opened on Tuesday, November 17. the eminently satisfactory arrangements in the yard being under the direction of Col. Clear, superintendent. Quite a large number of exhibits were in evidence, and the tests to which they were subjected were in every way thorough; the committee of judges being Chief George W. llirdsall, of the aqueduct commission, Engineer Horace Loomis, in charge of sewers, Water Purveyor North, Chief Bonner, of the fire department, and Col. Clear. Most of the manufacturers interested in the production of such appliances sent in exhibits, and the readers of FIRF. AND WATF.R had the benefitof full descriptions of them,accompanied by il’ustrations (the cuts being specially made or procured for the occasion). These illustrations appealed objectively to the understanding, and served to make the descriptive matter clearer. The great progress that has been made in such appliances was thus shown to the world, while portraits of the representative men concerned directly or indirectly in their manufacture and sate were given in these columns—another series appearing in this week’s issue.
The result of the exhibition must infallibly be the removal of the inefficient and obsolete type of fire hydrants, etc .which has so long been suffered to handicap the efforts of the fire department in this city to extinguish fires as quickly and with as little destruction to property as possible, and the substitu tion therefor of a new type that shall be in every way effective and up to-date. The result of the endeavors of FIRE AND WATER to keep its readers posted in the best type of such appliances has been to let in a flood of light upon a subject on which considerable ignorance existed in the minds of the multitude, and to enlighten the people in general as to the immense strides that have been made in that direction during the last few years.