THE SPIER FALLS DAM COMPLETED.
A Glen Falls, N. Y., correspondent writes that on August 20 the huge dam at Spier Falls was completed. The four openings were closed by means of heavy gates, and the completion of the great work was announced by a series of dynamite explosions. The closing of the gates cuts off absolutely the flow of the Hudson river at Spier Falls, and the next twenty-four hours witnessed an unprecedented change in the flow of the waters of the Hudson. For a day or two the river between Spier Falls and Troy was the lowest in years. In fact, the stream dried at various points, and hardly a wheel, dependent upon the waterpower of the river, turned. Milling interests suffered temporarily, and navigation of the Champlain canal and the river above and below Troy was somewhat hampered. The dam extends from the Warren to the Saratoga county side of the river, measuring 1,570 feet from shore to shore. It is of white granite, 157 feet deep where the river bed dips to its lowest point, 115 feet broad at the base. The reservoir back of the dam is more than half a mile in width and five miles long. It will take several days to fill it with water. The electrical equipment of the dam is designed to generate a minimum of 20,000 and a maximum of 50,000 horsepower for the greater portion of the year. This power is to be transmitted through feeders to the various centres of distribution, located within a radius of forty-five miles from Spier balls to Troy, Albany, Schenectady, and intervening towns
New Britain, Conn., has a new hook and ladder truck.