THE PROPOSED ENGINE TEST AT PITTSBURGH.
It has been finally determined upon by the Pittsburgh (Pa.)officials, in order to decide upon the make of the two steam fire engines to be bought by the city, to have an open competitive test. Each member of the department of awards is to select one impartial and unprejudiced engineer or machinist to act in conjunction with the department as a committee to decide on the merits of the engines. This committee will take into consideration the amount of water thrown and distance; the time required to generate and maintain steam from cold water; the devices for making the engines easier to handle or repair, and the durability of the machines. The engines will be tested at throwing both muddy water and ordinary hydrant water for not less than five hours nor more than ten. The department agrees to recommend for the approval of councils the awarding of the contract for two extra first-size engines to the engine which shall be decided to be the best. The engines bidding which shall enter the test are to be built according to the plans and specifications now on file in the department of safety in connection with the bid of June 1, 1888. The test shall take place within ninety days. The test is open to all manufacturers, and in case the decision is in favor of a non-bidder the department of awards will readvertise for bids, with new plans and specifications, so as to give the company an opportunity to bid. All engines taking part in the test must do so without any expense to the city.