—Contractors and municipal officers will find it to their advantage to read the contracting intelligence in FIRE AND WATER every week. More items of interest to city and town authorities will he found in its columns than in any similar class paper published in the country. The subscription is only $3 per year, $1 for four months.

—Seguin, Tex., will build water-works.

—Lewiston, Ill., will put in water-works.

—Herington, Kan., is negotiating for water-works.

—Ashland, Neb., will have a system of water-works.

—Carey, O., is considering the water-works question.

—Bowie, Tex., wants bids for sinking an artesian well.

—Clinton, Wis., is agitating the question of water-works.

—Water-works are to be built at Windsor Locks, Conn.

—Greensboro, N. C., has voted $100,000 for water-works.

—Loup City, Neb., will vote«n the question of water-works.

—Madison, Wis., will spend $15,000 for additional water mains.

—Dayton, O., offers $50,000 water-works improvement bonds for sale.

—Canton, O., is considering the question of extending its water mains.

—Water-works will be built at Milledgeville, Ga., by Samuel Walker.

—At Wheeling, W. Va„ J. N. Vance and others are erecting a pipe mill.

—The artesian well which has been sinking at Clyde, Kan., has struck water.

—Galveston, Tex., will issue $400,000 bonds for a system of waterworks.

—At Florence, Ala., it is proposed to form a company to build waterworks.

—Central City, Ky., and Bird City, Kan., are about to construct waterworks.

—Glenwood Springs, Col., will build water-works. Address Mayor Thomas.

—The Decatur (Ala.) Land Improvement and Furnace Company has contracted with Inman & Co. of New York, for a system of water-works to cost $200,000. The stand-pipe will be 150 feet in height. Water will be taken from the Tennessee river.

—Athens, Ga., will extend its water mains and have ten new fire hydrants.

—At Marlin, Tex., an additional well will be sunk by L. B. Chilton and others.

—Water-works are building at Dublin, Va. J. W. Lyons may give information.

—Abington, Mass., has voted to extend the Big Sandy water service to West Abington.

—The Florence Water Supply Company will build water-works at Florence, Kan.

—The Topeka (Kan.) water mains will be extended by the local waterworks company.

—The new high-service water system at Omaha, Neb., was put in service last week.

—Sidney, O., will, on June 27, vote on the question of issuing $80,000 water-works bonds.

—The construction of the new water-works at Nashville, Tenn., is being rapidly pushed.

—The Russell Springs (Kan.) Water-works and Improvement Company has been incorporated.

—The new water-works at Salem, O., will include fifteen miles of mains and 165 hydrants.

—The Birmington (Ala.) Iron Works are increasing their capacity for making cast-iron pipe.

—Water-works will be built at Orangeburg, S. C. George II. Cornelson can give information.

—A large water tank in Watson’s paper mills, Erie, Pa., burst June 6, severely injuring two men.

—The Morgan (Tex.) Water-works and Ice Company will shortly begin the construction of works,

—The South Pittsburg (Tenn.) City Company is enlarging Its reservoir and laying additional mains.

— George C. Morgan of Chicago will make plans and specifications for water-works at Jerseyville, 111.

—Silverton, Col., is considering the question of issuing bonds to buy the water-works system now in use.

—The water-works at Grand Haven, Mich,, will be extended. The additions will include twenty hydrants.

—The Cortez Water Supply Company of Denver, Col., has been incorporated. Capital stock $roo,ooo.

—At Lovely Mount, Va., water and gas-works will probably be built by the Radford Improvement Company. ‘

—Water-works are talked of at Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tuscaloosa Iron and Land Company can give information.

—Smith Centre, Kan., and Ortonville, Minn., are considering the question of issuing bonds to build water-works.

—Sewage is endangering the water supply at Milwaukee, Wis., and plans of disposing of it are being discussed.

—The bill to provide an additional supply of water for Malden, Mass., passed the Massachusetts House last week.

—The Artesian Water Company of Memphis, Tenn., has been incorporated by N. Hill, John K. Speed and others.

—A. R. Nickerson, D. H. Moody or Thomas Boyd can give information about water-works to be built at Boothbay, Me.

—The new water-works at Merchanlville, N. J., have been finished. They include 28,000 feel of mains and twenty hydrants.

—The Gloucester (Mass.) council has accepted a proposition from the Gloucester Water Supply Company to set 100 hydrants.

—W. R. Coats of Kalamazoo, Mich., has reported recommending a new water supply system for Petersburg, Ill., to cost $40,000.

—The work of laying water mains at Minneapolis, Minn., has begun for the season. About thirty-six miles of pipe will be laid.

—Proposals will shortly be invited for the construction of the proposed water-works at Marshall, Tex. R. T. Hailey can give information.

—Members of the water-works committee of Toronto visited Detroit, Mich., last week and examined the water supply system of that city.

—The Beaver Dam (Wis.) Water-works Company has been incorporated by E. G. Ferriss, J. W. Mead and Mark Warren. The capital stock is $100,000.

—At Diamond Island, Me., the water company recently organized has completed the reservoir and laid distributing pipes quite generally over the association land. The water supply is all that is desired, and the reservoir is placed on the heights at an elevation sufficient to carry water to any of the houses on the island. A system of sewerage has been adopted and sewers have been laid in several of the streets.

—Good water is flowing from a forty-three-foot well which has been sunk in the bed of Mad river at Dayton, O., and four additional wells will be put down.

—Macon, Mo., will shortly contract for the construction of waterworks. Dr. N. C. Richardson is chairman of the committee having the matter in charge.

—The Compressed Brick and Saw Mill Company of Yankton, Dak., in sinking an artesian well last week, struck a flow of water at a depth of 575 feet, estimated at 1000 gallons per minute.

—Three Massachusetts cities of about the same size, New Bedford, Springfield and Holyoke, consume respectively eighty-six, ninety-six and seventy-one and three-tenths gallons of water daily to each inhabitant.

—The Allegheny city (Pa.) water committee has directed the waterworks superintendent and city engineer to advertise for bids for the erection of two large tanks to supply the hill district of the Eleventh ward with water.

—On the property of Joseph Cone at Catonsville, Baltimore county, Md., an artesian well has struck good water at a depth of 320 feet. Preparations are making to lay mains for supplying the village and vicinity with water.

—The water-works trustees of Springfield, O., have been enjoined by the courts from drawing water from Buck or Beaver creek or Spring branch, so as to reduce the average level of Buck creek ; nor may they draw for the water-works in any case more than 500,000 gallons of water daily.

—The National system of purifying water has been adopted by Chattanooga, Tenn,, after a careful investigation of different systems by the water company. Among other cities negotiating with the National Water Purifying Company is Champaign, Ill., which has just awarded a contract to the company.

—It is expected that the new water-works at Nebraska city, Neb., will be ready for service about July 1. The works will include a 700,000gallon reservoir, two pumping engines of 1,000,000 gal Ions capacity each, two filtering plants of 144,000 gallons capacity, a steel stand-pipe too by I2J4 feet, and six miles of mains.

—In a report of the water commissioners of the city of Pawtucket, R. I., it is stated that a Corliss engine has been running since January 31, 1878. The repairs for the eight years and ten months on the engine, boilers and connections in general have cost #2,356.77. The valve adjustment has been so perfect that the same kind of cards from the pumps and cylinders is obtained as when it was first started, six years ago.

—The following bids were received for the new 10,000,000-gallon pump for the Camden (N. J.) water-works : George F. Blake Company, New York, $32,400, $35,505 and $45,000; Dixon Manufacturing Company, Scranton. $67,500; H. L. Worthington, New York, $30,750 and $t9 *75 Davidson Steam Pump Company, New York, $34,800 and $28,000, and Holly Manufacturing Company, Lockport, $39,500 and $29,500.

—A country hotel proprietor, who had advertised for city boarders, was astonished the other day at receiving a letter from a N ew York gentleman asking him to send samples of his drinking water for analysis. It-was a wise ptecaution on the part of the man seeking a summer home, for a great deal of sickness arises from contaminated water ; and if everyone seeking country board for their family would make similar investigation respecting the sanitary condition of the places they are inclined to occupy, a twofold benefit would be the result—sickness in his own family would likely be avoided, and the boarding-house keeper would be necessitated to put his premises in cleanly condition.—Ex.


—Baltimore, Md., is lighted by 4S7 arc lights.

—Lewiston, Ill., will put in an electric light system.

—Liberty, Mo., will have a system of electric lights.

—Stockton, Kan., will have an electric lighting system.

—An electric light system is talked of at Ilerington, Kan.

—Savannah, Ga., wilt be lighted by the Brush electric light.

—An electric light plant will be constructed at Marion, Kan.

—Holden, Mo., is considering the subject of electric lighting.

—Yazoo city, Miss., is considering a system of electric lighting.

—Brownsville, Ala., is discussing the question of street lighting.

—Albion, Mich., will have a system of twenty-five electric lights.

—Cynthiana, Ky., will bore for gas. $5000 has been subscribed.

—Akron, O., and Shenandoah, Pa., will be lighted by electricity.

—Wymore and Blue Springs, Neb., are considering electric lighting.

—Gas-works will be erected at Hastings, Neb. Address C. R. Miller.

—Woonsocket, R. I., will have thirty-five additional electric lights.

—At Scottsville, Ky., L. Brigel and others of Cincinnati will bore for gas.

—Newport, Ky., will make extensive additions to its gas lighting system.

—Manhattan, Kan., will have the Thomson-Houston electric light system.

—The Columbus (Miss.) gas-works will make extensive additions to their plant.

—Work is in progress on the Portsmouth (Va.) Electric Light Company’s plant.

—The Salt Springs Company of Salt Springs, Ga., has put up an electric light plant.

—Gas has been struck at Manchester, O., at a depth of 297 feet, in a bed of limestone.

—Glens Falls, N. Y., will be lighted by electricity by the ThomsonHouston system.

—A 300-electric light plant of the Brush-Swan system has been put up at Garrettsville, O.

-—An electric light system will be put in at Olathe, Kan , by D. P. Snelling and others.

—The Edison Electric Light Company of Dallas, Tex., is negotiating for a plant at Honey Grove.

—At Columbus, S. C., a company is forming to bore for gas. J. T. Craik may give information.

—A gas well will be sunk at Bardstown, Ky., by the Falls City Natural Gas Company of Louisville.

—The erection of an electric light plant is proposed at Pensacola, Fla. B. R. Pitt can give information.

—Kenosha, Wis., is discussing the question of lighting, and is undecided whether to use gas or electricity.

—Natural gas has been struck at Louisville, Can. It will be piped to Montreal when the pressure is sufficient.

—The Arkansas city (Kan.) Natural Gas and Coal Company has been incorporated by J. L. Huey and others.

—An electric light plant will be erected at La Crosse, Wis. G. R. Montague and F. A. Copeland are interested.

—The next convention of the National Electric Association will be held at the Parker House, Boston, on August 9.

— E. L. Herseyhas been elected president and R. H. Bronson secretary of the Stillwater (Minn.) Electric Light Company.

—The new well of the North Side Natural Gas and Oil Company in Cumminsville, O., has struck gas at a depth of 260 feet.

—The works of the Brush Electric Light Company at Detroit, Mich., are being enlarged. The company has ordered five additional 13×12 Ball engines.

—The Woonsocket (R. I.) Electric Light Company has increased its capital stock from $50,000 to $100,000, and will furnish power for the electric street railway.

—Mayor Hewitt of New York has signed the aldermen’s resolution granting franchises to the Waterhouse, Ball, North New York, Mount Morris, Harlem, Union and Mutual electric light companies.

—Chicopee, Mass., has authorized the making of a contract with the Thomson-Houston, or any other responsible company, to light the streets and squares by electricity, one year from October 1, at an expense of not over $2500.

—The Police Electrical Assistance Company of Jersey City, N. J., has been incorporated by Alonzo Shotwell, Philadelphia, Pa.; John J. Kiernan, Aaron Raymond and Richard M. Jordan, 30 Liberty street, New York city. The capital stock is $300,000.

—The Citizens Freemen Electric Light Company has asked for a franchise in New York city. The company offers to furnish each light at twenty cents a night, to furnish the city one free light for every fifty commercial lights, and it will pay one cent for each lineal foot of wire strung.

—The Northwestern Natural Gas, Oil and Mining Company, of St. Paul, capital stock $500,000, has been formed by Hugh Brawley of St. Paul. H. G. Hunter of Pittsburgh, and E. J. Clemengor of Oil City, Pa. The company will bore for gas in the vicinity of St. Paul.

—The Westinghouse Electric Company are meeting with a large demand for their alternating system for central station work. The shops employ about 1200 men, and are working a might gang. Their lamp factory is already the largest in the United States. They have now over forty stations under construction or in operation. Recent contracts have been made in Pittsfield and Springfield, Mass ; Hartford,Conn.; Denver, Colorado Springs and Outay, Colorado; St. Louis, Mo.; Cornwall, Can.; Littleton, N. H.; Portland, Me.; Morristown, N. J.; Staten Island, N. Y.; Galveston, Tex., and Charleston, W. Va.

NEW Companies—The Metropolitan Natural Gas and Oil Company of Cincinnati, O., capital stock $20,000; Adolph Phiemer, Howard Ferris and others… .The Lockland and Wyoming Natural Gas Company of Lockland, O., capital stock $5000; Robert B, Latta, George House and others… .The Hankey-Sands Gas and Oil Company of Toledo, O., capital stock $50,000; L. S. Baumgardner, Albion E. Lang and others…. The Kentucky Natural Gas Company of Louisville, Ky., capital stock $1,000,000… .The Equitable Gas Company of Springfield, Mass., capital stock $250,000; Henry M. Philips, Emerson Wright. Gideon Wells and others_The Cedarville (O.) Natural Gas and Oil Company, capital stock $3000; John Nesbit, Andrew Jackson and others… .The Lincoln (Neb.) Fuel and Gas Company; F. W. Hohmann and others… .The Black River Gas and Fuel Company (limited), Watertown, N. Y., capital $5000; A. D. Remington, J. F. Moffett and others… .The Charleston (III.) Electric Light Company, capital stock $15,000; J. W. X. Neal and others… .The Southbridge (Mass.) Electric Company, capital stock $15,000; C. A. Dresser, Herman C. Wells and others… .The Jackson O.) Gas and Electric Light Company, capital stock $50,000 ; Isaac Irown, H. L. Chapman and others… .The Paola (Kan.) Electric Light and Power Company, capital stock $10,000; J. W. Sponable, J. F. Lmnahoe and others …The Hays City (Kan.) Electric Light Company, caaital stock $r5,000; Hill P. Wilson, M. J. R. Treat and others_ Tin? Electric Light and Power Company of New Brighton (N. Y.), capital stoik $10,000; Albert K. Gregor, Philip S. Swain and others… .The Libtrty (Mo.) Electric Light Company, capital stock $5000; Clinton Tillerty, John M. Allen and others_The Bennington Electric Light and anwer Company of Portland, Me., capital stock $30,000; Jas. W. WakeSeld, Bath, and Frank A. Sawyer, Portland … .Tne Osborne (Kan.) Coal Mining and Gas Company of Osborne, capital slock $10,000 ; W. W. Warron, W. H. Burke and others… .The Peabody (Kan.) Gas and Electric ^-ight Company, capital stock $50,000; Thos. Osborne, C. A. Loose at. d others_The Star Gas and Oil Company of Logan, O., capital sti’k $3000; A1 H. Brooks, Lewis Green, Geo. Hartman and others… A he Winget Oil and Gas Company of Wapakoneta, O., capital stock $50000 Joshua Winget, John Hardin and others_The Hector Oil and Natuwl Gas Company of Monroe, Mich., capital stock $500,000 ; Chas. H. Sautriers, Franklin Hubbard and others.


—Paris, Mich., will build a town hall.

—Caledonia, Dak., witubuild a town hall.

—A city hall will be erecred at Plymouth, Wis.

—Quincy, Ill., will erect -.city hall to cost $75,000.

—Eight new sewers will be oonstrucled at Sioux City, la.

—Wooster, O., will make dldilions to its serferage system to cost $8500.

—Ludinglon, Mich., is considering the erection of a $20,000 school house.

—Lincoln, Neb., will vote on the qi estion of issuing $20,000 sewerage bonds.

—Additional sewers are to be construct d at Saginaw, Mich., at a cost of $61,000.

—A bridge to cost about $11,000 is buildic g across Second river at Bellev.lle, N. J.

—Bay City, Mich., is considering the question of issuing $60,000

sewerage bonds.

—A number of streets at Quincy, Ill., are to be paved with brick. Bids close June 28.

—Wayne county, Mo., will vote on the question of bunding a $15,000 court house at Greenville.

—J. C. Brewster has made a proposition to construct a system of sewerage at Raleigh, N. C.

—Brooklyn Village, O., will pave several of its streets with stoner H.

M.Farnsworth, town clerk.

—A new city hall will be erected at Corsicana, Tex,, to cost $20,000 , also one at Washburn, Wis. _

—Richmond, Mo., has raised $25,000 for street improvements and $35,000 for school buildings.

—Parsons & Peterson have been awarded the contract for the Salem (Mass.) court house at $120,968.

—Galveston, Tex., will issue $200,000 bonds for street improvements and $50,000 bonds for a city hall.

—The drainage of the new Congressional library building at Washington presents some features worthy of note. The running trap on the main drain will be t8 inches in diameter and weigh 1700 pounds, and the 6-inch pipe will weigh 52 pounds to the foot.

—The Lowell (Mass.) city council has voted against the proposed appropriation of $70,000 for sewers.

—A btick tile and sewer pipe factory will be established at Charlotte, N.C. Brem & McDowell are interested.

—Governor Hill of New York has signed the bill authorizing Long Island City to expend $100,000 for new schools.

—Richmond, Mo., has voted to issue$25,000 bonds for street improvements and $25,000 for the erection of a school house.

—Fort Wayne, Ind., will grade and pave several streets, and lay pipe sewers in others, this season. J. S. Goshorn, city engineer.

—Cambridge, Mass., has been authorized to raise $250,000 to pay its proportion of the cost of the new bridge over the Charles river.

—A special election will be held at Sterling, Ill., on June 29, to vote on the question of bonding the city for $25,000 for a sewerage system.

—The plans for the construction of a sewerage system at Mt. Vernon,

N. Y., having been approved, the work will be commenced at an early date.

—The new Illinois Central railroad bridge at Cairo, III., will have two spans of 525 feet each, and seven spans of 400 feet each. There will be ten piers.

—The amended plans of City Engineer Rinker for the new bridge over the Mississippi at Franklin avenue, Minneapolis, have been approved. The total cost will be about $138,000.

—At Washington, D. C., a new bridge, after plans by Col. P. C. Hain, of the United States Engineer Corps, will be built over the Eastern Branch at Pennsylvania and Kentucky avenues.

—The finance committee of Erie, Pa., sold at auction June 6, $250,000 four per cent twenty-year bonds to E. O. Quigley, broker, lor S. A. Kean & Co. of Chicago and New York.

—The London Mills (Ill.) Iron Bridge Manufacturing Company has been incorporated. Capital stock, $20,000. S. McFarland, D. II, Swartz and A. J. Ilarland, London Mills, incorporators.

—Bids for building a crib-work bulkhead at the foot of East Seventysixth street, East riyer, were opened at Department of Docks, pier “A,” North river, New York, June 16, but none were accepted and new bids will be advertised for.

Bids for tower, keeper’s dwelling, oil house, ets., for Pipe Island Light Station, Mich., were opened at Detroit, Mich., by Major S. M. Mansfield, as follows: Chas. Sundberg & Co., Chicago, Ill., $8450; J. L. Gearing, Detroit, Mich., $7,546.62.

—Bids for a hydraulic passenger elevator for the Parkersburg (W. Va.) court house were opened by the Supervising Architect of the Treasury, Washington, D. C , June 8, as follows : Grain Elevator Company, Chicago, $7800; Geo. G. Howard, Philadelphia, $3822 ; Ellithorpe AirBrake Company, Chicago, $3670.

—Bids for building a pier ninety feel long, of stone-filled cribs, for a boat landing at West Sister Island Light Station, Lake Eric, O., were opened at the office of United States Light House Engineer, tenth district, Detroit, Mich., by Major S. M. Mansfield, June 13, as follows : No name, $1,782.60; David Fleming, Detroit, Mich., $1,851.68.

—Bids were opened at Chicago, June 8, for constructing sewers as follows : Contract No. 7, south division, Duffy & McCarthy, $12,600.70; contract No. 8, west division, Martin Mullaney, $9,270.80; contract No. 9, west division, John Lyons, $11,235.50; contract No. 10, west division, Martin & McNichols, $19,006.30; contract No. II, west division, Martin & McNichols, $23,160 ; contract No. 12, north division, $7,118.60.

—Proposals were opened last week for $380,000 in bonds of the city of Minneapolis, Minn., issued for the construction of water-works and engine-houses. But $50,000 of this amount was sold, being taken at ninetyeight cents by the Northwestern National Bank. This is an advance of one-half cent on the last sale, which was at ninety-seven and one-half cents.

—The International Terra Cotta Lumber Company of No. 115 Dearborn street, Chicago, report a continuous and active inquiry for their porous earthenware fireproofing substance. Its reliability as a safeguard against fire, in view of its offering no flue for the passage of flames, will, ip’s expected, lead to its wide employment in the construction of large pubnc and private buildings.

—Sch,nl,* ouses are to be built at Montpelier, O.; Ursa, III. ; Tarlton,

O. ; Danville, O. ; Worth, Mich. ; Carmie, III) : Beatrice, Neb. ; Highland county, O. ; Royse, Tex.; Westfield, Wis.; Canton. III.; Hillsboro, Ill. ; Huntington, Ind. ; Cooper, Tex. ; South Omaha, Neb. ; Union, Mo. ; Toledo, O. ; Oberlin, Kan. ; Phillips county, Kan. (address T. J. White, Powell P. O., Kan.); Paris, O. (address J. E. Oyer); Pettus, Tex. ; Owensville, O. ; Ridgeville, O. ; Dickinson county, la., (S. M. Thomas, Lake Park, la.); Kenton, O. ; Warsaw, Mo.; Ashtabula, O.; Pleasant Hill, O. ; Milton, O. ; Atlanta, Ga. ; Marshall, III. ; Mastersville and Bennett, Tex. ; Marion and South Bend, Ind. ; and Henry, III.

—Bids for building a wooden pier at the foot of West I32d street, North river, for building a crib-bulkhead southerly of West t32d street, and for repairing the crib-bulkhead northerly of the crib-pier at the foot of West 131st street, North river, were opened at the New York Department of Docks, pier “ A,” North river, June 16, as follows: John M. Monks, $33,367 ; John W. Flaherty, 37,390; Jos. Walsh, $35,858; John Gillies, $33,328 ; O’Connell & Coffey. $31,573.

—Contracts have been awarded at Toronto for paving, as follows : Euclid avenue, from College street to Ulster street: Wm. Cathro, pavement per square yard, 84 cents ; curbing per lineal foot, 22cents ; crossing plates per 100 pounds, $3. Munro street, from Queen street to Gerrard street : Wm. Cathro, pavement per square yard, 81 cents ; curbing per lineal foot, 23 cents ; crossing plates per 100 pounds, $3. Stafford street, from Defoe street to Clifford street: E. & C. Farquhar, pavement per square yard, 99 cents ; curbing per lineal foot, 24 cents ; crossing plates per 100 pounds, $3.

—Bids for sinking an artesian well for the Georgia Lunatic Asylum were opened at Milledgeville, Ga., by the trustees on June 7, as follows : Drilling 15,000 feet, L. B. Andrews, Bradford, Pa., $15,000 ; Downie Bros., Philadelphia, Pa., $12,340 ; Ray, Ilambly & Sweet, Fernandina, Fla., $12,170; J. F. Gray, Chicago, III., $10,900; C. F. Buyer, Hazleton, Pa., $935°; Philadelphia Steam Driller Company, Philadelphia, Pa., $7200; Thos. Murphy, Bradford, Pa., $7500; John W. Craig, Baltimore, Md., $9000. One thousand feet, Cushing & Carter, Bradford, Pa., $to.ooo ; C. L.Grant, Anniston, Ala., $38oo. The bid of the Philadelphia Steam Driller Company was accepted.

—Bids for forty-seven plank and twenty-three stone sidewalks were opened at Toledo, O., by Board of Public Works on June 6, as follows : Plank, James Horan, 6-foot sidewalk, 32 cents ; 4 foot, 24 cents ; 6-foot crosswalk, 75 cents ; 4-foot, 60 cents ; grading, 25 cents ; Patrick Noon, 35. 25&. 85, 62 and 25 cents ; T. Carey. 37, 27, 75. 50 and 20 cents ; John Degnan, 34, 25, 70, 60 and 26 cents ; W. H. & J. J. Leith, 34, 28, 70 and 50 cents, no bid ; Thomas Kelley, 34 cents, 23 cents, $1, 73 cents, no bid. Stone, Thomas Kelley, 2j^-inch stone, 17^ cents; 3-inch, 21 cents; 4-incb, 25 cents ; Sam. Clark, 18, 21 and 24 cents (special, 2>S-inch, 16 cents; 3-incb, r8 cents ; 4-inch, 23 cents) ; Maxwell Blue Stone Company, 20, 20 and 25 cents (to feet in width, 20j^ cents); T. H. Finnucan, no bid, Itj4 and 24 cents (grading, 25 cents). All of Toledo.

—Bids for the following work were opened at the department of public works, New York city, June 14 : Sewers in ir6th street north side, between Fourth and Madison avenues, and south side, between Madison and Fifth avenues—P. Kearns, $17,340; W. E. Dean, $15,035; Joseph Moore, $15,895; John Slattery, $15,615 ; Boiterno & Reilly, $17,306.50; B. R. Guion, $13,530; D. McGrath, $12,312.60. Regulating and paving with trap block on Sixty-fourth street from First avenue to the bulkhead line of East river—Wm. A. Cumming, $9,370.39 ; Thos. Gearty, $9,135.67. With trap block on Seventy-fourth street from Ninth to Tenth avenue— Wm. Kelly, $8,851.50. With granite block on Eighty.fifth street from Avenue B to Avenue A—Chas. Guidet, $8,061.48; J. B. Devlin, $5,922.63; P. H. McCuIIagh, $5,915-63With trap block on Ninety-first street from First avenue to Avenue A—Wm. A. Cumming, $5,284.59 ; Thos. Gearty, $5,057-39With trap block on .Ninety-sixth street from First to Third avenue—M. Baird, $21,320.88 ; Chas. Guidet, $20,918.24. With trap block on 104th street from Ninth avenue to the Boulevard—Chas. Guidet (informal) ; L. W. Johnson, $9,905.82. With granite block pavement on ir8th street from Sixth to Seventh avenue—J. B. Devlin, $7,448.20 ; P. H. McCuIIagh, $7,521.72 ; Chas. Guidet, $7,116.98 ; Wm. Kelly, $6,932.12. With trap block on I22d street from Seventh avenue to St. Nicholas avenue—Wm. A. Cumming, $7,588.70 ; L. W. Johnson, $6,831.78. With trap block on 127th street from Eighth avenue to St. Nicholas avenue— Wm. A. Cumming, $2945 ; P. H. Fitzgerald, $2,615.50. With granite block on 137th street from Eighth avenue to St. Nicholas avenue—L. W. Johnson, $4,808.92; P. H. McCuIIagh, $5,137.30; J. B. Devlin, $4,805.55.

—A press dispatch from Cleveland, O., announces that Col. W. H. Harris, Dan P. Eells and H. C. Rouse, capitalists of that city, have secured a contract with the Mexican government for the construction of canals draining the valiey of the city of Mexico. The contract calls for the expenditure of $1,000,000. A canal will be constructed around the city of Mexico, connecting the lakes and draining the valley. The contract provides that the work must be done by native laborers, but American superintendants will be employed. Work will be begun about August 1. The canal is part of a vast system of drainage to be under taken by the Mexican government, involving a tunnel through the mountains surrounding the valley of Mexico, and costing $5,000,000 or $6,000,000. It was reported some weeks ago that a California syndicate had secured this job. There seems to be a mistake somewhere.

—Bids for cast-iron water pipes and specials were opened at Montreal, Can., by the water committee June 14, as follows : Pipes (per ton), 24inch, 6-inch, 4-inch, R. N. C. Connal, Montreal, $32 94, specials $61.70 ; T. Turnbull, Montreal, $36.84, $5745; Haldimond & Son, Montreal, $33.80, $63.30; Middleton & Meredilt, $35.24, $56; Bellhouse & Dillon, Montreal, $35.44. $51 ; Geo. Dibley & Son, London and Montreal, 24inch $35.50, 6-inch $35.75, 4-inch $36, specials $54 ; Clay, Cross & Co., $37-44, $38, $39-36, $52-80; Mr. Gartshore, Hamilton, Ont., 24-inch and 6-inch $35.84, 4-inch $36.96, specials $61.60 ; J. & H. Taylor, Montreal, 24-inch $33-55. 4-inch 35.33, specials $57.27 ; Builders Iron Foundry, Providence, R. 1., specials (fifteen tons), lump sum $650. The above information was furnished by Superintendent of Water-works Louis Lesage.


Issued from the United States Patent Office for the week ending June 14, pertaining to fire and water departments. Specially reported for FIRK AND WATKR by Geo. R. Byington, solicitor of parents, Washington, D. C. Printed specifications and drawings of any patent here mentioned, will be sent to any person upon receipt of twenty-five cents.

A Stoddard, Newark, N. J., fire escape.

E. K. Parker, Randolph, Mass., portable fire extinguisher.

H. G. Powell, Bayswater, Eng., combined household furniture and fire escape.

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