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WATER SUPPLY BOOKS. The Latest and Best in Current Literature' Sanitary Engineering Books. Reviewed for Tua New York Tihks Batudat Review br J. James 2L Croes, Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers n4 Member of the Inntitule of Civil Engineer, Ac The provision of a proper water supply to communities communities has been the subject of discussion from the begin ning of history. The modern consideration of the sub -ject from a sanitary and economic standpoint "doe not'" date back more than fifty years. The American literature literature relating to the securing of the purity of a water supply and the protection of the health of it user from the dangers arising from the final disposition of the water after use had its inception less than a Quarter Quarter of a century ago. . - ' . When In 1874 Mr.. George H. Frost established la Cealfteflrt weekly enrineerlogjQttrjUiLJftJUltt. United States which later was removed to New York, and which ha as The Engineering News proved Itself well worthy of the name It bears, he was unable for thro ywnrg (ft p irartl.a oi.y 1 marl nan hnnk tfttflMng lit, water supply, water purification, sewerage, or sewage disposal. There were numerous works botfc of water supply- supply- supply- and sewerage In progress of construction throughout throughout the country .and fragmentary discussions of princi pie and of methods of practice occurred in local reports, reports, notably those of the Massachusetts State Board of .Health, and In the "proceedings of technical associations, associations, but there was.no general statement of the fundamental principles governing the design and construction construction of sanitaryjwork juntil.l877.;when there ap- ap- peared M A Treatise on Water Supply and Hydraulio Engineering," by Jahn,T. Fanning, (New York, D. Van Noetrand Company, f 5.) in which the necessity of public water supplies, their value as an investment, the modes of collecting and distributing water' for towns, the protection of the water from pollution, and the details of the construction of the works required for a full and wholesome supply were fully described.' Tbl valuable book," which Is now In Its fourteenth" edition,' has so far no competitor In its own line as a compendium of principles and practice to be observed in the design and construction of works for public water supply. As regards detail of Che latest practice in some point of construction, and especially as regard regard the sanitary aspect of the question, this book is not quite up to date, but there is no single publication which contains so much and so varied Information regarding regarding the principles and practice of American water supply. . , '. . For elaboration of Jhe speclai ; subdivisions.. otJthU compfehenVlve subject, one must look to publications of more recent date. The latest one of all, which has been -issued -issued from the press within the last fortnight, Is en- en- -titled "The Element of Water upply Engineering," by E. Sherman Gould, C. E., (New York, Engineering News Publishing Company, $2.) The author, who differs differs from most of the more recent compilers of tech-hical tech-hical tech-hical books in being an experienced engineer, Instead of a college professor, covers the whole ground In a , general way and goes into detail In the matter of the principal dimensions and quantities Involved In the designing of hydraulic works, covering points in which his long practical experience has shown htm that the, textbooks are generally deficient. He ha made a useful useful book, particularly to the young engineer," The great advances which have been made in method of scientific research during the past quarter of a century have caused so many subdivisions of subjects of In- In- vectlgatlon that It has become impossible for any one Investigator to pursue them all, and a general treatise even summarizing results and at the same time explaining explaining them satisfactorily v and intelligently Is Impracticable. Impracticable. The student of water supply, be he a scientist or an amateur seeking a general knowledge only, must Have at bis command quite a library of bookson.theSubJect.l - - If, for instance, he wants to know or to recall to mind the law which govern the motion of fluid, whether flowing in natural channels or confined In pipes, he must consult such a work as " A Treatise on Hydraulics," by Mansfield Merrlman, (New York, John Wiley & Sons. $4.) now in it fifth edition, in which the essential principles of hydraulics and the . rule de- de- - duced from the latest experimental researches are presented presented with a conciseness and clearness not common In purely scientific books. If, on the other hand, he Is seeking Information of a more practical nature aa tomethods of carrying on the construction of water works, he cannot do better than peruse " Some Details of Water Work Construction, by William IL Billing, (New York, Engineering Record Press, f 2,) a book which, although lssncd ten years ago, is unique la character and ha a steady sale yet' Not only the engineer, engineer, but also the Inexperienced Water Commissioner or the taxpayer of an Inquiring turn of mind jnay. flnda this little book a good many valuable hints to

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 13 May 1899, Sat,
  3. Page 15

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