Yonkers New Water Tower.
The handsome water tower illustrated herewith was designed for the high water service at Yonkers, N. Y., by Edwin A. Quick & Son, architects, of that city. The tower is situated at the head of Elm street, and stands on a solid rock, the culvert admitting the supply pipe being cut through rock to gain an entrance.
The main body of the tower is to be built of selected North River brick and will be 32 feet in diameter, with four buttresses, which latter will be faced with Croton brick. The distance from the water table to the top of the main brick shaft is to be 130 feet. There is to be a vestibule facing south, built of fancy cut stone, 9 feet deep, 22 feet broad and 24 feet high. Over the door will be a tablet 2 feet 6 inches high by 8 feet wide, on which is to be inscribed : ” Yonkers Water-works. Erected 1891.” On each side of the doorway will be a copper tablet containing in all probability the names of the water commissioners, the architect, engineer and contractor.
To reach the belvedere, which is to be 25 feet square, with a roof covering, there will be a circular iron stairway with twelve landings, at each of which will be two windows. The d,sUnce from ,he ground to this belvedere will be 133 feet, and about 450 feet at)ove sea lev*A The stone trimmings are to he of Warsaw blue stone, the buttresses, caps and belt P 20 feet ln d,ameter and feet high, which will con,am about aoo.ooo gallons of water. For the above dewription we are indebted indebted to to Architecture and Building.
A NOBLE FIREWOMAJLspectacle of Princess Metternlch cur)’i%’ a bucket of water .* to aid ‘;-’*’ in quelling a fire ” ’ in Grau (Hungary).” says an English exchange, “appears to have delighted the Grauyans hugely. Perhaps they do not see ’ „ ⅛ o ,-rernaps —’v tney do — not see princesses very often in Giau, and when they do their Imperial or Royal Highnesses may not usually be doing anything particularly useful. The Princess Matternich is an example of the sort of woman which in any part of the social scale the present age appreciates—the woman who can do anything, and always be and look her best while doing it, as Perdita was and did in the eye of her faithful Bohemian. But though a princess may bring buckets of water, the lurid monarch, himself every inch a king, and the subject of no child of Earth although of Royal or even Imperial rank, is not easily overrawed ; and on this occasion it is sad to read that twenty houses or more were burned to the ground. These destructive fires always break out in Hungary during the autumn months, and their effects are often more desolating than has been the case this year. 7 rained brigades with steam fire engines distributed throughout the country districts are badly wanted, but some sort of a building law prohibiting the running up of domestic structures, which if designed for the express purpose of burning down could not be improved upon, is more wanted even than they.”
AN ANCIENT MASSACHUSETTS IRON-WORKS Plant.—The discovery of conclusive evidences of an iron-works plant and the existence of iron ore at North Beverly, in this State, says a Boston exchange, gives rise to the belief that the industry was once carried on at this point. It is a matter of history that such a plant existed at or near Saugus as early as 1643, and iron ore was mined there, but this new discovery would indicate earlier operations. It is stated that there were settlements in this locality previous to 1640, and it must have been that the industry was carried on before that time, but when or by whom is the question. The question that is now puzzling those interested is, when were the iron-works in operation in North Beverly ? Was it prior to the establishment of those at Saugus ? And how can the dates be established ? These are interesting questions in connection with the early history of the industry in this country.