The waterworks system at Tonawanda, N. Y., was built in 1887 by the Tonawanda City Waterworks company, on the Niagara river at the outlet of Tonawanda creek. The system is direct pumping front the Niagara river by two Holly-Gaskill pumping engines of a daily capacity of 4,000,000 gallons, with a domestic pressure of fifty pounds and a fire pressure of seventy-five. During the past year there were laid 351 feet of six-inch to four-inch wooden pipe;—total amount of wood and iron pipe laid (twelve-inch to four inch) between twenty and thirty miles; 270 and 280 in all. All are in good working condition, as are all the valves. The total number of taps is 1,468. The eight hour watches, in accordance with the State law, was established at the waterworks pumping station February 15, 1903. Plans and specifications are about to be adopted for the laying of a new twenty-four-inch force main from pumping station to Main street at its intersection with Thompson. From May 1, 1902 to April 30, 1903, inclusive, the total amount of water pumped was 902.607,400 gallons, of which 5,533,260 gallons were pumped on fires. The increase in pumpage for the year 1902 was 55,246,010 gallons. The number of fires during year was thirty-two; time run on fires, twentyeight hours twenty-nine minutes; coal burned, 1,032 tons, 1,160 pounds; oil used, 245 gallons. The city now owns the waterworks system and the superintendent is J. B. Batt.
While working in a three-story brick building at 276-282 West Madison street, Chicago, Patrick Me Govern, of Engine company No. 3, was rescued from death, but badly injured Fumes from chemicals overcame him, and he collapsed.