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Statement Regarding Water Situatioi
is Given Out By Local
Many Prominent Sanitary Engineers
Commend Project; Should Be
Started at Once
Whether Steere farm water will be
pumped into Ann Arbor for city use,
will be decided by voters on April 1.
If the voters want the new water sys-
tem,, a bond issue of $200,000 will be
provided. The following statement
was issued by the officials of the city
yesterday afternoon:
To the Citizens of Ann Arbor:
'.In accordance with recent action of
the common counicl, the voters of
Ann Arbor will be called upon April
1, to vote on what is probably the
most important issue with which they
have been confronted for a long time,
namely: a bond issue of $200,000 for
the "purpose of bringing into the city;
the so-called Steere farm water. In-
dividually, and as your representa-
tives, having studied the whole matter
of water supply carefully, we feel that
we should make a few simple state-
ments in order to. avoid misunder-
standings and to dlear up a few mat-
ters. Good water is one of the most
important assets of any municipal-
ity. We all realize that the present
situation is intolerable, and that our
citizens are being put to a great deal
of embarrassment, inconvenience, and
great danger thereby, and that the
reputation of Ann Arbor is suffering
seriously on this account. We be-
lieve that the Steere farm water,
should be utilized at the earliest pos-
sible moment, and recommend that
the voters approve this bond issue at
the poles.
Explain Situation
.To clarify the situation we will state
as follows:
1. Supply. We believe the Steere
farm supply to be adequate for the
city. We are led to this belief from
the advice of such distinguished eng-
ineers as Professor Leverett, one of
the foremost authorities on ground
water supplies in the country; Profes-
sors Hoad and Decker, sanitary eng-
ineers; Professors Riggs and John-
ston, engineers of experience in this
field; all of whom, in a spirit of mun-
icipal patriotism without compensa-
tion or expectation thereof, have giv-
en generously of their time and ener-
gy in studying the problem; and our
former city engineer, Manley Osgood.
Major Hoad Commends Project
In a telegram just received from
Major W. C. Hoad, now engaged in
sanitary engineering for the war de-
partment, he says;
"To the Water Committee of the City
In response to request for statement
regarding Steere farm water supply,
firmly believe this supply should be
utilized to utmost. Suggest present
development for approximately four
million gallons daily. From testimon:
presented in court c'ase believe this
amount can be obtained from wells
suitably located across general trend
of ground water movement. In view
of present excessive cost of cast, iron
pipe suggest use of Michigan steel
banded wood pipe for pumping main.,
Wood pipe has shorter life than cast
iron pipe but under present market
conditions will more than pay for it-
self in saving before replacement be-
comes necessary. Equally .desirable
to meter all water consumers soon as
practicable whether river water is fil-
-tered or Steere farm supply is devel-

oped. Under present war conditionst
pure water can be obtained much more
quickly by Steere farm developmentt
than by filteration.!
W. C. HOAD, .
Maj. Sanitary Corps, N. A."]
2. Construction. If this bond is-!
sue carries it is the intention of the'
city council to complete the work at
the earliest possible date. The ques-
tion of using cast iron pipe or wood1
pipe will be determined after esti-t
mates as to cost and endurance-have!
been carefully investigated, and the E
advice of the most competent water-I

city the use of river water will be
discontinued except in cases of great
emergency such as long continued
fires; and all sections of the city
will receive the same quality of water.
4. Litigation. The question of liti-
gation has been substantially answer-
ed by the supreme court in its decis-
ion that Ann Arbor has a perfect right
to a reasonable use of the water.
The question of payment for damages
which the city may do has been ans-
wered fairly, and the city should be
willing to pay reasonably for any
damages which it may do. However,
experience in past suits which were
pushed hard against the city, in which
only nominal damages were awarded,
indicates the attitude of the courts in
this respect, and affords good evidence
that the city has little or nothing to
fear in this direction.
5. Meters. The subject of meters
will be carefully investigated. Their
installation would undoubtedly great-
ly cut down overhead expense, as
well as the consumption of water, re-
gardless of the source of supply.
6. Labor Conditions. The 'fact that
the amount of construction work in
Ann Arbor will be greatly curtailed
this season on account of war condi-
tions makes it a particularly fitting
time to undertake this work, since a
large portion of the appropriation will
be spent locally for labor, and will
!give employment to many of Ann Ar-
bor's citizens.
We trust that thiseexplanation will
make the matter clear to any citizens
who are in doubt about some of these

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foot of ground. The crops
last year were not incon-
Two American lads, Penn-
State college boys belonging
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go from village to village
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R. E. Reichert, president of council
Sam Ieusel, alderman First Ward
M. B. Sudgen, alderman First Ward
0. R. Mayer, alderman Second Ward
John Huss, alderman Second Ward
William L. Henderson, alderman
Third Ward
Sam C. Andres, alderman Third
Crs. T. Donnelly, alderman Fourth
J. W. Markey, alderman Fourth
0. E. Hauser, alderman Fifth Ward
C. C. Freeman, alderman Sixth Ward
John MacGregor, alderman Sixth
' George Lutz, alderman Seventh
Charles A. Sink, alderman Seventh
George J. Mann, water commission-
Wirt Cornwell, water commissioner
John Lindenscamitt, water commis-
George S. Vandawarker, manager
water department
Reginald Spokes, superintendent of
water department
Ross Granger, city treasurer
Frank B. DeVine, city attorney
Isaac G. Reynolds, city clerk.
Herbert Crippen, city assessor
The Literary Critic Says
By Fiske Kimball and G. H. Ed-
gell, New York. Harper and Broth-
ers, 1918,
"A History of Architecture," by Mr.
Fiske Kimball of the faculty of Arch-
itecture of the University of Michigan,
and Mr. George H. Edgeil of Harvard
university, has just been rublished in
an attractive form by the Harpers in
New York. The authors tiave ap-
plied to their subject the modern con-
cept of historical writings, in sharp
contrast with the traditional methods
of writing Architectural History for
the purpose of sustaining a thesis in
favor of some style as supreme, or of
certain periods as culminating epochs
of development. The preface directs
attention to the fact that "the modern
historian, like Chesterton's modern
poet, gives to his subjects not halters
and halos, but voices."
This method of attack is not only'
m're scientific but also more judiciious.
Many of the dogmatic appraisals of aes-
thetic writers represent a personal at-
titude and "for the beginner and gen-
eral reader they are often confusing.
They place him at an unfair disad-
vantage and tend to warp his judg-

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a Concrete bridges are not usually
is, built indoors, but that is just what is
in being done in the basement of the]
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at the old power house. The floor of re-
s- inforced concrete is now being poured
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ment." While "discussions of aesthe-
tic principles and statements of thi'
consensus of critical opinion may pro-
perly find" expression, statements "of
purely personal judgments and theor-
ies," are out of place in a text-book.
The result of maintaining. such an
attitude toaards the mass of mater-
ial has here been a sympthetic study
fo the development of building, with a
sincere endeavor to discover the im-
pelling motives and influences which
led to various manifestations. The
authors have freed themselves from
the influence of the traditional con-
ception which was ever seeking to find
"the analogy between the historic
styles and the growth and inevitable
decay df organic life."
This volume avoids also in anoth-
er respect the traditional attitude,
which has viewed architecture as
terminating in some period of the
more or less remote past. It treats
architecture as a living art. In fact,
about a hundred pages a e devoted to
a close study of mrode, buildings; in-
cluding a chapter dealing with the
development of architecture in Am-
erica, illustrated by such recent ex-
amples as the Woolworth building in
New York.

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Of the 603 pages in the volume Mr.
Kimball wrote' 415, including the
chapters on modern architecture. The
book is in every way a credit to both
authors. It will be of interest and
value alike to students of architecture
and to the general reader.
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