WATER FAMINE IN NEW ENGLAND.
The drought has caused an exceedingly grave lack of water. In Maine, it is said that the water supply has not been as low as at present in forty years, and a dearth of water power prevails in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. Those paper mills which rely on water alone are shutting down from day to day in increased numbers. The Connecticut river is very low, and the mills at Holyoke, according to reports, are running on the least possible amount of water. The approach of winter lends a serious asect to the situation, for it will not now be ng before the streams freeze and thus cut off the supply altogether.
Deputy Chief Gicquel, of the New York fire department. is now thoroughly convalescent and has returned to his duties.
Foreman F. S. Ryan, of the fireboat New Yorker, New York fire department, has been appointed chief of construction and repairs to apparatus at a salary of $3,300 a year. He now ranks with the chiefs of battalion. Chief Ryan has been for some time in charge of the repair shops