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TO FORGET THE CHILDREN IN YOUR PROGRAM OF MU-
NICIPAL RECONSTRUCTION WOULD BE TO FORGET
YOUR CITY'S GREATEST ASSET '"%

The children will benefit greatly by the impriiv^d living conditions which
will result from a well-considered program of munjcuuhupprovements. Im-
mediate benefits will come to them thru thestMJ^H|g of employment
for their parents, which will accompany the construo^^Hbf new public works
such as paving, water supply, sewerage systems, the^Hection of new public
buildings, etc. Permanent benefits will result from making the city a better,"
healthier and more prosperous place in which to live.

But the children as such deserve special consideration in every program of
municipal reconstruction. The establishment of a Child Hygiene Bureau in
every city is urged by the Federal Children's Bureau as an important part of
the follow-up work of the Children's Year campaign. Such a Bureau will
unify efforts in your city for the care of mothers and children; it will provide
knowledge of what to do and facilities for doing it. At the request of THE
AMERICAN CITY, the Federal Children's Bureau has prepared a special state-
ment of the functions and value of municipal divisions of child hygiene, which
is published in this issue.

THE NEW LIFE IN YOUR CITY DESERVES
SPECIAL CONSIDERATION IN THE NEW YEAR



Entered as second class matter, July 29, 1910, at the Post Office at New York, N. Y.,

March 3, 1879. Published monthly by The Civic Pi ess, Tribune Building, Nev



the Act of
fork.



THE AMERICAN CITY




Every street lighting system made by
the General Electric Company, whether
it is arc or incandescent, is founded on
broad experience with all conditions of
modern street illumination and backed
by a company that makes everything
from generator to lamp.



General Electric Company

General Office Schenectady, N. Y.



Sales offices in all large cities



6098



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THE AMERICAN CITY




lid in Philadelphia in 1850, dug
ib for relocation recently and re-
id for further years of service,
nd Schuylkill River Water is
me too pure as it carries the wastes
many manufacturing plants.

ut only from ^ to ^ in. of in-



crustation was found on the inside
of this pipe when examined. Fig-
ure what CAST IRON PIPE has
saved the City of Philadelphia all
these years both in pumping ex-
penses and water mains. It PAYS
EVERY TIME to use U. S. Cast
Iron Pipe!



JNITED STATES SS PIPE



COMPANY



700 East Pearl Street, Burlington, New Jersey



, iladelphia, 1421 Chestnut St.
' icago, 122 So. Michigan Blvd.
n Francisca, Monadnock BUg.



Sales Offices:

Pittsburgh, Henry W. Oliver Bldg.

St. Louis, Security Bldg.

New York, 71 Broadway.

Birmingham, Ala., American Trust Bldg.



Buffalo, 957 E. Ferry St.
Cleveland, 1150 E. 26th St.
Minneapolis, Lumber Exchange



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THE AMERICAN CITY



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"Everything for Fire Prevention and Fire Pro-
tection."

The catalogs and circulars of the Sundry Sales Dept.,
American-LaFrance Fire Engine Company, Elmira, N. Y.,
not only include the larger and more important fire pro-
tection apparatus, such as motor pumping engines, automo-
bile hook and ladder trucks, water tower, hose and chemi-
cal combinations, but also illustrate and describe the multi-
tudinous smaller forms of fire-fighting supplies, such a^
hand fire extinguishers, fire hose, lanterns, fire escapes,
etc. Not only municipal officials, but everyone who has a
desire to protect himself and his home or place of business
from the ravages of fire will find it worth while to send
liis address for the fire-fighting literature of the American-
l.nFrance Company.

Graphic Record Supplies.

City officials, secretaries of commercial organizations and
all others who have need for statistical or graphic methods
of presenting facts will be interested in the catalog
entitled "Graphic Record Supplies," in which are listed
maps, curve cards, drafting materials, loose-leaf chart out-
fits for executives, swinging leaf display fixtures, books on
statistical presentation and other specially prepared ma-
terials sold by the Educational Exhibition Company, 127
Custom House Street, Providence, R. I.

Modern Lighting Methods.

whether for interior or exterior use, should employ the
following fundamental principles: sufficient intensity of
light to facilitate vision without strain and consequent
fatigue, correct distribution of light and elimination of
glare. Cutter Sol-lux industrial lighting equipment, which
comprises the distributing apparatus for interior lighting
and the fixtures and wiring devices for both interior and
exterior lighting, is designed to combine economy in the
initial cost of installation with the best illumination results
as embodied in the fundamental principles mentioned
above. (Apply for catalog to The George Cutter Company,
413 Notre Dame Street, South Bend, Ind.)

Blasting Supplies.

The immense amount of constructive work which will in
all probability, be undertaken this year .will create a de-
mand for a greatly increased supply of industrial explosives
for blasting purposes. Complete lists of high explosives
and blasting supplies, paints and varnishes and other
products of E. I. Du Pont De Nemours & Co., Wilmington,
Del., which are of use in construction work, are given in
the third edition of the Du Pont Products Book, sent free
on request.

A Macadam Road That Will Last.

Full details concerning the construction of a Tarvia-
macadam roadway, which is said to be strong enough to
endure modern motor traffic, are given in an illustrated
catalog issued by The Barrett Company, 17 Battery Place,
Xew York City, entitled "How a Tarvia-Macadam Roadway
Is Constructed."

City and County Officials

have written some very interesting letters to The Monroe
Calculating Machine Company, Woolworth Building, Xew
York, in regard to the saving of time and errors thru
the use of the Monroe Calculator, which is specially
adapted for the arithemtical computations necessary in
connection with public work. The company will forward
on request a catalog showing what a big help the machine
would prove to be in connection with the figuring done in
vour office.



A Bulletin on the Handling of Sewage

is -distributed free of charge by Yeowans Itro*. CoJ
Institute Place, Chicago. It includes illustrations and
scriptive matter relative to the Shone system of pn
matic sewage ejectors.

Aerial Ladder Trucks and Other Fire Appa-
ratustus.

The booklet entitled "Couple-Gear," which has been p
pared by C'ouple-iGear Freight \Yheel Company, ',-i:>
chanan Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich., gives illustrated
scriptions of the four-wheel drive aerial ladder truck, w
ladder which "one man with one hand" can raise or lo\
at will, also of the battery propelled steamers, which h:
"never failed to reach the fire on time." The booklet c
tains numerous testimonials as to the merits of the CoU]
Gear equipment written by fire chiefs of some of the le
ing American cities.

Road Grader and Terracer.

Many counties are buying the Martin Road Ditcher c
Grader in quantities for use in place of single-wh
graders, on account of greater speed and economy. C
cials having to do with paving and road building work
tind it worth while to write to the Owensboro Ditcher
Grader Company, P. O. Box 100. Owensboro, Ky., for
erature relative to the Martin Grader, which can also
used in winter as an efficient snow plow for sidewalks a
streets.

Stone Spreader and Distributor.

Road builders will be interested in the Burch st
spreader and distributor, described in a booklet issued
the Burch Plow Works Company, of Crestline, Ohio,
is claimed that this machine, when attached to a mo
truck, spreads the stone evenly and uses the exact amo
of stone needed, thus saving material, as well as labor.

Road and Roofing Kettles.

A catalog containing specifications of non-leakable wel
road and roofing tar and asphalt heaters made by Conn
& Co., Inc., Second and Luzerne Streets, Philadelp
Pa., states that these kettles are specially constructed
road, street and municipal contractors, and are also u
by cities having their own equipment and by large roo
contractors. Various sample styles illustrated include
standard heater, made in three sizes, also the patrol hea
portable patching heater, mastic heater, combination hea
and dryer and gravel dryer.

An Oxygen Breathing Apparatus.

The Gibbs oxygen breathing apparatus, designed
adopted by the United States Bureau of Mines, can be u
in city health and fire departments, chemical laborator
explosive plants, everywhere, in fact, that man must
and work under unnatural conditions of atmosphere.
S. A. Bulletin G-104, issued by the Mine Safety Applian
Company, Chamber of Commerce Building, Pittsbur
Pa., describes this breathing apparatus, with illustratic
also the M. S. A. Oxygen Inhalator, a device for admi
tering oxygen in combination with the Schaefer manua
artificial respiration for treating cases of asphyxiation.

Road Building and Earth Handling Outfits.

The Russell Grader Company, Minneapolis, Minn.,
send free on request a catalog of road drags, scarifiers
planers, dirt-spreading wagons, as well as bridge anc'
vert material and other necessities for road constru

work.



Continued on page 6.



THE AMERICAN CITY





Chassis, $2050

H-2 Ton Capacity



In New Construction

For City Hauling

As Big Plant Equipment



fact is the Autocar
s used by more than
6000 business houses in 400
different lines of business.

A chain of Factory Branches
extending clear across the
country assures Autocar users
complete aftersale service. A
full supply of spare parts is
always on hand because The
Autocar Company makes this
motor truck in its entirety.

THE AUTOCAR COMPANY

ARDMORE, PA. Established J 897

Send for Catalog Dept. B.



A . i Send for Catalog Dept. B.

Autocar

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How They Do It in Other Places (continued from page 4)



Valuable illustrated material, catalogs, statistics, etc., as mentioned below,
relative to methods, materials and appliances for public improvement work, will be
sent free of charge if you mention THE AMERICAN CITY.



Half Round Culverts.

If you have been using round culverts only and have never
investigated the advantages of half round culverts for
special classes of service you will be interested in the
catalog of the Newport Culvert Company, Newport, Ky.,
which describes both the round and half round types, anil
explains the particular uses for which each type is de-
signed.

The Spaulding Road Machine

is illustrated and described in a circular distributed by the
Spaulding Manufacturing Company, Department 240, Grin-
nell, Iowa. It is claimed that this road machine cuts the
cost of moving dirt to the extent of 50 per cent or better.

Culverts and Road Machinery.

The catalog of the Baker Manufacturing Company, 503
Stamford Avenue, Springfield, 111., covers a complete line
of culverts and road machines for various classes of street
paving and road building work, also auto truck snow plows
for street and highway use.

Everything for the Road Maker

is a good description of the contents of the catalog of the
C'lOod Roads Machinery Company, Kennett Square, Pa., in-
cluding as it does road building 'and road maintenance out.
fits of every description, such as graders, plows, rock
crushers, rollers, traction engines, etc.

An Accurate Water Meter.

Are you interested in a water meter of guaranteed accu-
racy? A large, handsomely illustrated catalog issued by
the Buffalo Meter Company, 2917 Main Street. Buffalo.
N. Y., describes such a meter, and also gives information
concerning advantages of using water meters of the disc
type, water-meter accessories, model water-meter specifica-
tions, and setting, repairing and testing water meters.

Civil Engineering Books.

Anyone interested in books on road building, paving, water-
works and other civil engineering subjects will find it
worta while to write John Wiley & Sons, 432 Fourth Ave-
nue, New York City, and ask to be placed on the list to
receive free of charge the "Wiley Reminder," a little pub-
lication which comes out from time to time listing the new
books which Wiley publishes.

Calculating Machines for Public Officials.

Every municipal or county official will be interested in
the economies made possible by the use of the calculating
machine illustrated and described in the catalog of the
Marchant Calculating Machine Company, Oakland, Cal.

Save Money by Buying Second-Hand.

Considerable money can be saved by picking up second-
hand machinery which is practically as good as new. Zel-
nicker's Bulletin, published by W 7 alter A. Zelnicker Supply
Company, St. Louis, Mo., illustrates and describes bar-
gains in second-hand equipment such as steam shovels, air
compressors, boilers, gasoline and steam engines, gen-
erators and motors, pipe cutting and threading machines,
pumping plants, concrete machinery, rock crushers, dump
carts, pipe and fittings, road rollers, traction engines,
water tanks and towers. Ask for Bulletin No. 2.10.

Cost of Electric Light Service in Cleveland.

A folder with this title is distributed by F. W. Ballard &
Company, Swetland Building, Cleveland, Ohio. It con-
tains a graphic chart and table of unit costs for the elec-
tric light service in Cleveland for the years 1913-1916,
inclusive. This folder should be of unusual value to
engineers and city officials interested in lighting service.
Special attention is called to the fact that the unit costs
for practically every classification of expense have de-
creased during the four-year period, in spite of the fact
that the cost of labor and material has largely increased.

Equipment for Playgrounds.

Municipal officials, park and school superintendents are
appreciating more and more the importance of play-
grounds as a means of reducing juvenile delinquency,
rind the illustrated cat-iloR of playground apparatus pub-
lished by the Hill Standard Company, 216 Fun Ful
Avenue, Ain^-rson, Ind., will be found of special interest
in this connection. It pictures and describes playground
apparatus specially designed far both public and private
playgrounds.



Water Towers and Standpipes,

built for municipalities, water companies, etc., are d
scribed in Catalog No. 17 of the Pittsburgh-Des Moin<
Steel Company, 1007 Curry Building, Pittsburgh, P,
Municipal officials are invited to write regarding the
water-works requirements, and preliminary plans and est
mates will be gladly furnished without obligation.

Cast Iron Pipe 2 to 84 Inches Diameter.

Users of bell and spigot flange or flexible joint pipe f<
culverts, water-supply, fire protection, etc., will be i:
terested in the literature on the subject being distribut<
bv the U. S. Cast Iron Pipe & Foundry Company (Des
C), 700 East Pearl Street, Burlington, N. J.

"Carry On."

Under this title the Metropolitan Paving Brick Compan
Canton, Ohio, has issued a circular relative to the resum
lion of municipal work as urged by the War Industri
Board. Now that the restrictions have been removed
connection with paving and road-building work, t
Metropolitan Company will be glad to send to anyoi
interested their illustrated printed matter relative to t!
construction of city streets and county highways wi
Metropolitan and Bessemer paving block.

Has Your Department Enough Fire Hose?

Do you know whether or not your fire chief and fi
fighters are being hampered by a shortage of fire hos
Not only should every fire department have enough hos
but this hose should be of sufficiently high quality
stand easily the greatest pressure to which it may
subjected. The Hamilton Rubber Manufacturing Co:
pany, Trenton, N. J., will send on application prices ai
particulars relative to the fire hose which they manuf;
ture, and of which New York City thought highly enou
to purchase 40,000 feet recently.

Motor Trucks for City and County Work.

Department B of the Autocar Company of Ardmore, P
will send on request an illustrated catalog of spec
value to municipal and county officials and all others h;
ing to do with motor truck transportation. Autoc
trucks are being widely used in connection with pub
work, and the experience of the Autocar Company
solving some of the hauling problems in connection w
public improvement work is available to those interested.

Fencing and Gates.

Property owners and park officials interested in the .
closure of their grounds will be especially pleased w
the elaborate illustrated catalog issued by the Stewart Ir
Works Company, 527 Stewart Block, Cincinnati, Oh
showing parks, cemeteries and private grounds surrounc
by Stewart fencing. Lamp standards, fountains, statu;
and garden furniture manufactured by this company ;
also shown.

Rust Proof Tree Guards and Flower-B
Guards

are covered by catalog G of the Wright Wire Compa
Worcester, Mass. Prices and illustrations will also
furnished on request relative to Excelsior Wire Fenc:
tor schools, parks, playgrounds, etc. This fence gives
solute protection to the children, yet does not shut
light and air.

Concrete Floors Need Care.

Are the concrete floors in your water-works plant,
houses, public buildings, etc., dustproof and \\aterproi
L. Sonneborn Sons, Inc., Department 27, -!<i4 Pearl Sm
New York, are distributing some samples and literature
Lapidolith, a chemical which makes all concrete flo
dustproof, waterproof and resistant to chemical action.

Building for Permanence and Safety.

Metal lath and stucco as a type of construction gives di
bility, resistance to fire and unlimited scope to desi
according to the booklet entitled "Home Building." wli
has been prepared by the Associated Metal Lath Ma
facturers, 813-115 Wdward Building, Washington,
C. The kklet is illustrated by photographs ef handsc
residences, municipal and institutional buildings, c
buildinjs, schls and churches f metal lath and stu
construction.



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THE AMERICAN CITY



Stop and Think When Were
Your Sewers Cleaned Last?

Or Have They Never
Been Cleaned?




Dirty clogged sewers are just as bad for a city as dirty : hands are^for
an individual about to eat a meal. The Turbine System of Sewer
Cleaning has solved the problem for your municipality, and there is no
longer any reason why your citizens should be subjected to the un-
healthful and unpleasant conditions caused by foul smelling clogged
sewer pipes.

MAY WE HELP

by opening up your sewers and making them clean and sanitary at a
very reasonable charge? Or if you prefer we will sell you the machinery
so that you can keep your sewers in first class sanitary shape at all times.

OUR ILLUSTRATED FOLDER

shows by photographs what we have done for other cities. Write
us and we will gladly mail this folder to you. It tells the whole story



The Turbine Sewer -Machine Company



197 Eleventh St. Milwaukee, Wis.



It will clean and scrub sewers under all conditions,
even if stopped up to such an extent that a cord, chain
or cable could not be pulled through.




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THE AMERICAN CITY



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ELASTITE is delivered to the job in strips of the length,
depth, and thickness you order. The strips are composed
of tempered asphalt compound sandwiched between layers
of asphalt saturated felt.

The bricklayers place the Elastite Joint against the curb as they
would spacing strips and lay the brick against it.

The grouters follow immediately. They do not have to wait
for spacing strips to be removed or a tar kettle gang to come
along and pour the joints. The entire expense of the kettle gang
is saved.

Elastite Joints are the most permanent protection obtainable
against the buckling or cracking of the street. They do not melt
or run away like tar under heat. They do not crack in cold
weather nor lose their elasticity. They last as long as the
street itself.

Elastite is used on all national highways and on many
of America's most famous streets and boulevards.

For sample and complete information address

THE PHILIP CAREY COMPANY

8 Wayne Avenue LOCKLAND CINCINNATI, OHIO



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THE AMERICAN CITY




BOYS WILL BE BOYS
GIRLS WILL BE GIRLS

It makes little difference whether they are boys or
girls all children have that desire to play and ex-
ercise. So why not let them carry on their joyful
and innocent games in a safe and systematic manner?
And in no better way can this be done than through
the means of playgrounds.

Playgrounds make healthier and happier children
and consequently healthier and happier men and

women.

Let us have data on your ground spaces and we wil
gladly send you plans and prices without you in-
curring any obligation.

THE EVERWEAR MANUFACTURING CO.

Springfield, Ohio



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WHY YOU SHOULD USE
EVER WEAR APPARATUS!

The children are safe on Everwear apparatus, be-
cause every detail of construction is planned to safe-
guard them. And you are safe in purchasing Ever-
wear because it is built of the highest grade materials
and by expert workmen. For durability it has no
peer. All equipment is carefully inspected and
tested and shipped direct from maker to user.
Equipment at a minimum cost embodying maximum
efficiency.

Write for free catalog describing and picturing our
complete line of the latest and approved playground
equipment. And don't forget More Playgrounds
make fewer Plaguegrounds.

THE EVERWEAR MANUFACTURING CO.

Springfield, Ohio



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THE AMERICAN CITY



CITY WATER WORKS.




It's AJdood Thing To Make Good
Resolutions



The water-works official who starts making resolutions
on New Years Day by resolving to put his water
services on a 100% meter basis is taking an important
step in the direction of 1919 efficiency.

And it looks as if 1919 would be the most efficient
year we have ever known, because if the war has taught
us anything at all it has taught us the importance of
avoiding waste and conserving our resources.

And if we forget the important lessons which the war
has taught us'we are making vain the sacrifices of our
brave boys who gave their all on the other side in order
that the world might progress along right lines.




NEPTUNE METER COMPANY

50 EAST 42nd STREET, NEW YORK

CHICAGO BOSTON SANFRANCISCO
ATLANTA LOS ANGELES SEATTLE-
PORTLAND CINCINNATI

Makers of the Trident AVkier Meter



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THE AMERICAN CITY



191Q

JANUARY




Good Resolutions Are No Good If
Forgotten



So do not let the succeeding days after Jan. 1st drive
from your mind the importance of making your records
for 1919 show a more efficient operation of your de-
partment and a greater reduction of water waste than
any previous year.

Of course we are glad to be of assistance in reducing the
water waste in your municipality thru our ability to
furnish you a reliable and efficient type of the Trident
Water Meter especially designed for every conceivable
service.

Our catalog and booklets tell interesting particulars as
to Trident Meters and the important position which
they occupy in connection with water-works efficiency.




NEPTUNE METER COMPANY

50 EAST 42nd STREET, NEW YORK

CHICAGO BOSTON SANFRANCISCO
ATLANTA LOS ANGELES SEATTLE-
PORTLAND CINCINNATI

Makers oftAe Trident Waiter Meiei-




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