VILLAGES vs. RESERVOIR.
The town of Boonton and the village of Parsippany, N. J., with all the farm houses and school houses embraced in the intervening stretch of three miles will soon be blotted out of the landscape and their place be taken by the hugh reservoir, whose construction has just been begun by the Jersey City Water Supply company, The area of the new structure will be 1,420 acres, and within its walls be impounded the waters of the Rahway river. The dam will be 110 feet high from the lowest loint; the masonry at its base will be seventy-four feet wide, and when finished, it will be thirty-nine feet wide at the top. It will supply Jersey City with water at a cost of $8,000.000. The work, which was begun by Contractor Patrick H. Flynn, whose financial resources gave out, is now being undertaken by the Jersey City Water Supply company.
Since the work began many fossil fish have been found thirty feet below the surface, and on the rocks are to be seen the footprints of the ichyosauri which in prehistoric times inhabited the shores of the vast prehistoric lake, that, according to Prof. Gratacap. of the American Museum of Natural History, existed there some 15,000,000 or more years ago.