Water Works Celebration.
On Friday, the 31st ult., the good people of Burlington, Iowa, celebrated the introduction of water into their city by means of the Holly System. The obstacles to be overcome here were very great, owing to the fact that the city is built on a series of hills, designated as North, West, and South Hills. It was predieted that the water could not be forced to the required height, and if it could be it would require a pressure that would burst the pipes. The source of supply and the location of the pumps is 2j4 miles from the city, and the location of the most extreme hydrant is 175 feet above the level of the pumps. The contract required the delivery of six streams from the six highest hydrants through an inch nozzle to a height of 75 feet above the hydrant continuously for thirty minutes. At a preliminary trial of the Works on April 29, the six streams were thrown an average height of 112 feet, the spray therefrom reaching considerably higher—or nearly 300 feet above the level of the pump-house. The highest solid stream thrown was 120 feet above the hydrant, while a horizontal stream was projected over 200 feet. The programme for the formal opening last week embraced nine separate tests, as follows : 1—Six one-inch streams, 75 feet high for thirty minutes, from hydrants on West Hill. 2—Six one-inch streams, 75 feet high, for 45 minutes on North Hill. 3—Three one-inch streams from North. West, and South Hills, making 9 streams simultaneously, for 20 minutes. 4—One-inch stream through 500 feet of hose for 15 minutes. 5—Eight one-inch streams 100 feet high for one hour. 6—Twelve one-inch streams for 20 minutes. 7—One i^-inch stream for 15 minutes. S—One oneinch stream through r,000 feet of hose for 10 minutes. 9—One three-inch stream for 10 minutes. The accomplishment of the first, second, and fourth tests was all the contract called for. We have not received the particulars of this exhibition, but the preliminary test above referred to accomplished all called for in the exhibition tests, showing that the machinery possessed nearly or quite double the capacity called for. The machinery consists of two pumps ot great capacity, and two similar ones as reserve pumps. These are run by one large boiler, but a second boiler is in place in case of emergencies. At the test above given the steam pressure was 60 pounds, and water pressure X75 pounds. Burlington is now to be congratulated on having an abundant and reliable water supply for domestic and ! fire purposes. She will henceforth take great comfort from her Holly System, which has never yet failed to give entire satisfaction wherever used. We hope to see the day when it will be employed in New York to give us a supply of river water for manufacturing and j fire purposes, for cleansing the streets, and, j indeed, for every use except purely domestic, j As our river water is salt, it would scarcely do for making coffee or for ordinary drinkingj
CHIEF GLENN, of Louisiana, Md„ writes that they have a pair of mules to draw the Steamer in that town, and says they “ can get j away with anybody’s team in the West after , they are hooked up /” “ Aye ! there’s the rub !’’that hooking up business. We once underj took to command a train of pack mules in the army, and we don’t want any more mules in ours. A combination of earthquake, cyclone, , hurricane, and volcanic eruption couldn’t j impress us more unfavorably than did “them I mules.” We tried to ride the leader, and it] was hard to tell which was on top the most— ] ; when he got on we got ofT, and vice versa. It i is just possible mules maybe educated to draw a Steam Fire Engine, but wc don’t want to drive them.