The Tuerk Hydraulic Motor.
The following are extracts from a recent copy of the annual report of the Little Falls Water Company, where they have been for the past year testing the different water motors in the market. S. E. Babcock, engineer of the water-works, says:
So little seems to be obtainable as to the cost of power by water motors that I have taken pains to arrive at the exact cost in several places where motors are used (metered water at five cents per 1000 gallons, 100 pounds average pressure):
Journal office, weekly and job work : No. 2 Campbell cylinder and three job presses, using eight horse-power Tuerk motor ; average cost, 31 cents per clay. Same power by steam, including attendance, would cost $2 per day.
F L. Silliman, coffee mill : Two horse-power Tuerk motor, $6.56 for 175 days.
J. S. Barnet & Bro., tannery, hair washing and drying machinery ; F’ifteen horse-power Tuerk motor, water cost $1.90 per day and part of night ; against steam, $5.
J. V. Hemstreek, dentist, lathes and machinery: Small Tuerk motor, cent per day for water.
F F’rancisco, ice-cream : Three horse-power Tuerk motor, used from July 1 to F’ebruary 1, only $2.05.
D. H. Burrell & Co., machinery dealers: F’ifteen horsepower Tuerk water motor, running 2000-pound elevator, buzz and gig saws ; average water bill, 20 cents per day.
As the amount of water used in some of the above cases seems out of proportion to the horse-power claimed, we have had an illustration made of the Tuerk water motor, with governor, manufactured by the Tuerk Hydraulic Power Company of New York and Chicago, showing the working parts and how this result is obtained. The water from the main being connected with the supply pipe A is confined in the annular space B and allowed to enter the nozzle I) only as power is required. The vena contractor of the water as it enters the ring nozzle, or bushing D, and following the point of the conical stem C, expends its full force on the float E. These floats and the case are so constructed that the full impact of the water is instantly obtained, and the waste water liberated without in the least obstructing the wheel.
PADUCAH, Ky.—We are indebted to City Clerk W. II. Paterson for the following information : “ This city has a population of 18,000, and was incorporated in 1830. Its officers are : Mayor, Charles Reed ; treasurer, J. W. Mcknight ; chairman of finance committee, T. F. Terrell ; city civil engineer, J. W. Hopkins; superintendent of waterworks, Muscoe Burnett ; chief of police, James Collins ; chief of fire department, C. C. Etter ; chairman of fire and water committee, L. W. F’mory ; president of water board, Henry Burnett ; street inspector, William Wheclis ; health officer. Dr. J. A. Smith. Our debt is $251,000, yearly expenses about $70,000 and the receipts about the same amount. We pay four and one-half |er cent interest on bonds. Thirty miles of streets are paved with brick and macadam. The city is lighted with 243 gas and electric lights by the Paducah Gas Light Company. The water-works system is stand-pipe, and is owned by a company. There are 163 hydrants and fifteen miles of pipe. The city has no sewerage system at present, but the question of putting one in is under consideration. The fire department is in excellent condition and needs no additions this year.”
‘THEY STEAL THE LAMPS —There is simply no accounting for the vagaries of some people, and the puzzle is to find out the motive which prompts English travelers on the London Underground Railway to steal the incandescent lamps from the cars. The railroad people are loud in their complaints of such picayunish pilfering. It discloses a somewhat shocking state of morals, “and,” remarks Modern Light and Heat, “if only it could be accomplished, we think a pretty strong shock given to the thieves, when in the act of purloining the lamps, would soon put an end to these tricks. We have yet to hear of Americans resorting to such feats.”