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Benjamin W. Wells, Superintendent of Streets. Salary, 87,500.

By ordinance approved March 9, 1891, in amendment of Chapter
18 of the Revised Ordinances of 1890, the Departments of Sewers,
Paving, Sanitaiy Police, and Bridges, and the office of Commissioner of
Cambridge Bridges, were consolidated and placed under the admin-
istrative control of the Superintendent of Streets. By Chap. 449, Acts
of 1895, the Superintendent of Streets shall hereafter have the care and
management of the ferries owned by the city. The Deputy Super-
intendents in charge of Divisions are appointed by the Superintendent,
with the approval of the Mayor.
Henry B. Wood, Executive Engineer. Salary, $3,000.

BRIDGE DIVISION.
14 Beacon street.
William H. Carberry, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, §3,000.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has charge of the highway
bridges within the limits of the city, whether constructed over navi-
gable waters or railroads ; appoints draw-tenders and other employees,
and has charge of all repairs except such as affect the structure of the
bridges. The latter are done under the supervision of the City Engi-
neer. The following named bridges are under the charge of the Deputy
Superintendent.

LIST OF BOSTON BRIDGES.
I. — BRIDGES WHOLLY SUPPORTED BY THE CITY.

[In the list those marked with an asterisk (*) are over navigable
waters, and are each provided with a draw.]

Agassiz road, in Back Bay Fens.

Allston, over Boston and Albany Railroad, at Cambridge street,

Brighton.
Ashland street, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad,

Providence Division, West Roxbury.



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Athens street, over New England Railroad.

Audubon road, over Boston & Albany Railroad, Brookline Branch.

Beacon entrance, Back Bay Fens, over Boston & Albany Railroad.

Beacon street, over outlet to Back Bay Fens.

Beacon street, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Berkeley street, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Berkeley street, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad,
Providence Division.

*Berwick-park (foot) bridge, over New York, New Haven & Hart-
ford Railroad, Providence Division,

Blakemore street, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad,
Providence Division.

Bolton street, over New England Railroad.

Boylston street, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Boylston street, over Outlet to Back Bay Fens.

^Broadway, over Fort Point Channel.

Broadway, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Brookline avenue, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Byron street, over Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad.

*Castle Island, from Marine Park, South Boston, to Castle Island.

*Charles river, from Boston to Charlestown.

*Chelsea (South), over South Channel, Mystic River.

*Chelsea street, from East Boston to Chelsea.

Columbus avenue, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

^Commercial point, or Tenean, Dorchester.

Commonwealth avenue, over outlet to Back Baj r Fens.

*Cong-ress street, over Fort Point Channel.

Cornwall street, over Stony Brook, West Roxbury.

Cottage Farm, over Boston and Albany Railroad at Commonwealth
avenue.

Cottage-street foot-bridge, over Flats, East Boston.

Dartmouth street, over Boston and Albany and Providence Division
of New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad.

*Dover street, over Fort Point Channel.

^Federal street, over Fort Point Channel.

Fen, Back Bay Fens.

Ferdinand street, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Florence street, over Stony Brook, West Roxbury.

Gold-street foot-bridge, over New England Railroad.

Huntington avenue, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Irvington-street foot-bridge, over New York, New Haven & Hart-
ford Railroad, Providence Division.

*L street, over reserved channel at junction of Congress and L streets.



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Leyden street, over Boston, Revere Beach, and Lynn Railroad.

Linden Park street, over Stony Brook.

*Malden, from Charlestown to Everett.

Massachusetts avenue, over Boston and Albany Railroad.

Massachusetts avenue, over New York, New Haven & Hartford

Railroad, Providence Division.
*Meridian street, from East Boston to Chelsea.
*Mount Washing-ton avenue, over Fort Point channel.
Neptune road, over Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn Railroad.
Public Garden foot-bridge.
Roxbury Crossing foot-bridge, at Tremont street, over New York,

New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Providence Division.
Shawmut avenue, over Boston and Albany Railroad.
Stony Brook, Back Bay Fens.
Swett street, east of New England Railroad.
Swett street, west of New England Railroad.

* Warren, frorn Boston to Charlestown.

West Newton street, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail-
road, Providence Division.

West Rutland square foot-bridge, over New York, New Haven
& Hartford Railroad, Providence Division.

Winthrop, from Breed's Island to Winthrop.

II. — BRIDGES OF WHICH BOSTON SUPPORTS THE PART WITHIN ITS

LIMITS.

^Cambridge street, from Brighton to Cambridge.
Central avenue, from Dorchester to Milton.
*Chelsea (North) , from Charlestown to Chelsea.
*Essex street, from Brighton to Cambridge.
*Graxtte, from Dorchester to Milton.
Longwood avenue, from Roxbury to Brookline.
Mattapan, from Dorchester to Milton.
Milton, from Dorchester to Milton.
*Neponset, from Dorchester to Quincy.
*North Beacon street, from Brighton to Watertown.
*North Harvard street, from Brighton to Cambridge.
Sprixg street, from West Roxbury to Dedham.
*Western avenue, from Brighton to Cambridge.

* Western avenue, from Brighton to Watertown.

HI. — BRIDGES OF WHICH BOSTON PAYS A PART OF THE COST OF
MAINTENANCE.

Albany street, over Boston and Albany Railroad.
Dorchester street, over New York, New Haven & Hartford Rail-
road, Plymouth Division.



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Everett street, over Boston and Albany Railroad, Brighton.

* Harvard, from Boston to Cambridge.
*Canal, from Boston to Cambridge..

* Prison Point, from Charlestown to Cambridge.
*West Boston, from Boston to Cambridge.

The last four bridges are in the care of two commissioners, one of
whom is appointed by the City of Cambridge and the other by the City of
Boston.

IV. — BRIDGES supported by railroad corporations.
1st. — Boston & Albany Bailroad.
Harrison avenue.
Market street, Brighton.
Tremont street.
Washington street.

2d. — Boston & Maine Bailroad, Eastern Division.
Mystic avenue.
Main street.

3d. — Boston & Maine Bailroad, Western Division.
Mystic avenue.
Main street.

4th. — Boston, Bevere Beach & Lynn Bailroad.
Everett street.

5th. — Neiv England Bailroad.
Dorchester avenue.
Harvard street, Dorchester.
Morton "

Norfolk "
Norfolk " "

Silver street.

Washington street, Dorchester.
West Broadway.
West Fifth street.
West Fourth street.
West Second street.
West Sixth street.
West Third street.

6th. — New York, New Haven & Hartford Bailroad, Plymouth Division.

Adams street.

Ashmont street and Dorchester avenue.

Cedar Grove Cemetery.



STREET DEPARTMENT. 145

Ereeport street.
Savin Hill avenue.

7th. — New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, Providence

Division.
Beech street, West Roxbury.
Bellevue street, West Roxbury.
Canterbpry street, West Roxbury.
Centre street, or Hog Bridge, West Roxbury.
Centre and Mt. Vernon streets, West Roxbury.
Dudley avenue, West Roxbury.
Park street, West Roxbury.

RECAPITULATION .

I. Number wholly supported by Boston ..... 58
II. Number of which Boston supjDOi'ts the part within its limits, 14

III. Number of which Boston pays a part of the cost of main-

tenance 7

IV. Number supported by railroad corporations :

1. Boston & Albany 4

2. Boston & Maine, Eastern Division .... 2

3. Boston & Maine, Western Division .... 2

4. Boston, Revere Beach & Lynn 1

5. New York & New England 13

6. New York, New Haven & Hartford, Plymouth

Division ......... 5

7. New York, New Haven, & Hartford, Providence

Division 7

Total number 113

BOSTON AND CAMBRIDGE BRIDGES.

Benj. W. Wells, Commissioner for Boston {ex officio).
William J. Marvin, Commissioner for Cambridge.

Harvard, West Boston, Canal or Craigie's, and Prison Point bridges
are under the care of commissioners, one of whom is appointed annually
by the City of Cambridge and one by the City of Boston. The commis-
sioners at the present time are Benjamin W. Wells, Superintendent of
Streets, for Boston, and William J. Marvin, for Cambridge. Term of
office, one year from the first of May. The expense of maintenance is
paid half by the City of Boston, half by the City of Cambridge. (Stat.
1870, Chaps. 300, 302; Ord. 1892, Chap. 36, § 2.) The Boston com-
sioner has published annual reports since 1872.



146 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

FERRY DIVISION.

East Boston side of Xorth Ferry.
[Stat. 1895, Chap. 449; Rev. Orel., Chap. 13.]
William F. McClellan, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, $3,000.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has the care and manage-
ment of the ferries owned by the city, makes necessary repairs on all
ferry-boats, slips, drops, tanks, and buildings used for ferry purposes,
and sees that all moneys received from tolls and other sources are paid
to the City Collector.

By Chapter 155 of the Acts of 1869 the City Council of Boston was
authorized to purchase the property and franchise of the East Boston
Ferry Company, incorporated by Stat. 1852, Chap. 244. On December
17, 1869, the city voted to purchase the ferry property and franchise for
the sum of $275,000 ; and the property was delivered to the city on
April 1, 1870. [See City Doc. 115 of 1869.] !

From April, 1870, to July, 1886, the ferries were in charge of a Board
of Directors, seven in number; from July, 1886, to April, 1890, a Board
of Directors, five in number; from April, 1890, to May, 1891, a Board of
Commissioners, five in number; from May, 1891, to July, 1895, a Super-
intendent. By Chap. 449, Acts of 1895, the department was placed in
charge of the Superintendent of Streets.

PAVING division.

City Hall, Room 44.
John L. Kelly, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, $3,500.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has charge of the con-
struction and maintenance of all highways, the placing of street signs
and numbering of buildings, the notification of all departments and
persons authorized to place structures in streets when division contem-
plates the construction or resurfacing of streets, the issuing of permits
to open, occupy, and obstruct portions of streets, removal of snow and
ice from the streets and gutters, and to shovel snow from all plank
sidewalks.

SANITARY DIVISION.

12 Beacon street.
Patrick O'Shea, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, $3,000.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has charge of the re-
moval of house dirt, offal, ashes, and other noxious and refuse substances

1 By a vote of the City Council, passed July 30, 1877, it was determined that the ferries
should be run free of all tolls on aud after January 1, 1S78. At the request of some citizens
a mandamus was issued by the Sup. Jud. Court, the city to show cause why an injunction
should not issue to prevent the execution of said order. After a hearing of the case, the
court decided that the city had no authority to pass the order of July 30, 1877. (123
Mass. 460.)



STREET DEPARTMENT. 147

from yards and areas, and the care of the city teams and stables for
these purposes.

SEWER DIVISION.

28 Court Square, Probate Building.
Charles R. Cutter, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, $3,500.
Henry W. Sanborn, Engineer of Construction of Stony Brook. Salary,

$3,000.
Edgar S. Dorr, Chief Engineer. Salary, $2,400.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has charge of the mainten-
ance and construction of all common sewers, catch-basins, and street-
culverts, together with the necessary engineering and supervision, the
granting of permits for all connections to be made with the common
sewers, the custody of bonds filed by drain-layers authorized to make
such connections, the levying of assessments on estates benefited by
the construction of sewers, the keeping of Stony Brook free of obstruc-
tions, and the maintenance of the Main Drainage Works. These works
originated in an order of the Board of Aldermen, approved February 25,
1875, by which the Mayor was authorized to appoint a scientific commis-
sion of three members to examine the system of sewerage in this city,
and to suggest any improvements which could be made therein. The
following persons were selected by the Mayor for such commission :
E. S. Chesbrough, of Chicago, Moses Lane, of Milwaukee, and
Charles F. Folsom, M.D., of Boston, who submitted their report
(City Doc. 3 of 1876), recommending the construction of intercept-
ing sewers, at a cost of about $6,000,000. On July 17, 1876, the sum of
$40,000 was appropriated by the City Council for the purpose of making
preliminary surveys for routes to Moon Island and to Castle Island.
In 1877 the Joint Special Committee upon this subject reported (City
Doc. 70), recommending the immediate undertaking of the project;
and on August 9, 1877, a loan of $3,713,000 was authorized to meet the
expense of constructing a large intercepting sewer from Charles River
across the city, in a southerly direction, to Moon Island. Additional
appropriations have been made at various times, and the sum of
$6,382,766 has been appropriated for Improved Sewerage and expended
by the City Engineer's Department.

Construction began August 9, 1877, under the direction of Joseph P.
Davis, City Engineer, and was continued by him until his resignation in
March, 1880, then by his successor, Henry M. Wightman, City En-
gineer, until his death in April, 1885 ; since this date until the present
time by William Jackson, City Engineer.

On the first of January, 1884, construction was sufficiently advanced
to permit the works being put in operation, and on January 22, 1885,



148 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

the maintenance of the works, now called the Main Drainage Works,
was transferred from the Engineer's Department to the Sewer, now the
Street, Department.

STREET-CLEANING DIVISION.

14 Beacon street.
Joshua AtwOod, 3d, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, $3,000.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has charge of keeping the
highways clean and in good sanitary condition, removing all street
sweepings, sweeping crossings, shovelling snow from the sidewalks in
front of public buildings and around public grounds, and the care of the
city teams, stables, and other property for these purposes.

STREET- WATERING DIVISION.

28 Court square. Probate Building.
Thomas J. Finneran, Deputy Superintendent. Salary, $1,800.

The Deputy Superintendent of this division has charge of watering
accepted streets within the city limits, including both the work done by
city carts and work done by contract, the supervision of the insjDection
force, regulating the manner of doing the work, also the care of the
city water-carts and horses, the hire of private carts, location and care
of water-posts, and all other paraphernalia pertaining to street-water-
ing- __

STREET LAYING OUT DEPARTMENT.

City Hall.
[Stat. 1870, Chap. 337; 1879, Chap. 198; 1880, Chap. 67; Pub. Stat., Chap. 49, \\ 84-
86 ; 1888, Chap. 397 ; 1890, Chap. 323 ; Stat. 1891, Chap. 323 ; Stat. 1894, Chap.
335; 1895, Chap, 449; Stat. 1896, Chap. 204; Rev. Orel., Chap. 37.]

BOARD OF STREET COMMISSIONERS.

John P. Dore, Chairman.
J. H. Jenkins, Secretary.

COMMISSIONERS.

John H. Duane. Term ends in 1897. Salary, $4,000.
John P. Dore. Term ends in 1898. Salary, $4,500.
George H. Innis. Term ends in 1899. Salary, $4,000.

The Street Laying Out Department is under the charge of the
Board of Street Commissioners. One member of the Board is chosen
by popular vote at the annual municipal election to serve for a term of
three years from the first Monday in January. By Chap. 449, Acts of
1895, the duties and powers of the Board of Survey were transferred
to the Board of Street Commissioners.
J. W. Morrison, Chief Surveyor. Salary, $3,500.



WATER DEPARTMENT. 149



TREASURY DEPARTMENT.

City Hall.
[Rev. Orel., Chap. 39.]

Alfred T. Turner, City Treasurer. Salary, $6,000.

The first " Treasurer for the Town'Q, and to keep the Towne's booke,"
chosen in 1641, was John Oliver. In 1636 John Cogan was chosen
treasurer to build Fort Hill.

The City Treasurer is also County Treasurer and Treasurer of the
Sinking-Funds Commissioners.

The Treasurer has published yearly, and, since 1882, monthly reports.



VESSELS AND BALLAST DEPARTMENT, INSPECTION OF.

178 Commercial street.
[Pub. Stats. Chap. 69, $$ 13-22; Rev. Orel., Chap. 20.]

John Kenney, Chief Inspector. John J. Caddigan, James Col-
lins, Edward Hughes, Assistants.

This department is under the charge of the weighers of vessels and
ballast, four in all, one of whom is designated by the Mayor as chief.



WATER DEPARTMENT.

City Hall.
[1895, Chap. 449; Rev. Orel., Chaps. 40, 41.]
John R. Murphy, Water Commissioner. Term ends in 1898. Salary,
$5,000.

The first water document published by the City of Boston appeared
in 1825. The public introduction of water from Lake Cochituate took
place on October 25, 1848. The history of the Boston Water Works up
to January 1, 1868, has been written by Nathaniel J. Bradlee ; from
1868 to 1876, by Desmond FitzGerald ; of the " Additional Supply from
Sudbury River," by A. Fteley. In addition to the annual reports on the
Cochituate supply, from 1850, and of the Mystic supply, from 1866,
there are numerous special reports. By an act passed in 1875 (Chap.
80), the City Council of Boston was authorized to unite the Cochituate
and Mystic Water Boards under one board of three members, to be
called the Boston Water Board. An ordinance to establish the Boston
Water Board was passed March 22, 1876. By Chap. 449, Acts of 1895,
the Boston Water Board was abolished and the Water Department
created and placed in charge of one commissioner who also has and



150 MUNICIPAL REGISTER.

exercises all the duties conferred by the ordinances upon the Water

Registrar.

Edward C. Ellis, Assistant Water Commissioner. Salary, $3,000.

Walter E. Swan, Chief Clerk and Secretary. Salary, $3,000.

Joseph H. Caldavell, Superintendent Income Division. Office, City
Hall. Salary, $3,000.

Hugh McNulty, Superintendent Eastern Division. Office, 710 Albany
street. Salary, $3,000.

Desmond FitzGerald, Superintendent Western Division. Office, Chest-
nut Hill Pumping Station. Salary, $2,500.



WEIGHTS AND MEASURES DEPARTMENT, SEALERS OF.

Basement of Old Court-House, Court Square.
[Pub. Stat., Chap. 65, § 8 ; Stat. 1882, Chap. 42; Rev. Ord., Chap. 34.]

Joseph Torndorf, Sealer. Salary, $3,000 per annum.

Daniel P. Sullivan, Raphael Rosnosky, Charles Mintz, Edwin
J. Turner, John J. Higgins, Daniel J. Moynihan, Jr., Jeremiah
J. Crowley, Thomas F. Brophey, John Golding, W. H. Fallon.

Deputies. Salaries, $1,600 each per annum.

This department is under the charge of the Sealer and Deputy Sealers,
who are appointed to seize illegal charcoal measures. (Pub. Stat.
Chap. 60, § 88.)

The standards in use are supplied by the Commonwealth, and are
ultimately determined by the United States Coast and Geodetic
Survey, Washington, D.C. The office originated in the statute of Feb-
ruary 26, 1800. Annual reports have been published since 1868.



WIRE DEPARTMENT.

Old Court House.
[Stat. 1890, Chap. 404 ; Stat. 1894, Chap. 454 ; Stat. 1895, Chap. 228 ; R. O. Chap. 14.]

Thomas W. Flood, Wire Commissioner. Term ends in 1897. Salary,

$5,000.

The office of Wire Commissioner was established August 4, 1894.
The duties of the Wire Commissioner are as follows :

To have all electric wires, cables, and conductors in the city north
of Dover and Berkeley streets, and between the Charles river, the
harbor, and Fort Point channel, placed, maintained, and operated
underground, and to remove all poles and structures in the streets within



WIRE DEPARTMENT. 151

the above-named district. This does not apply to long distance tele-
phone wires, nor to railway trolley, guard, or span wires, nor to posts
for the support of lamps exclusively, nor to poles used exclusively for
local distribution from underground wires, cables, or conductors, or for
the support of railway trolley, guard, and span wires ; to supervise and
inspect all wires, cables, and conductors, whether underground or
overhead ; to designate the distances between overhead electric wires,
cables, and conductors ; to regulate the direction in which such wires,
cables, or conductors shall be run ; the keeping and maintenance of
all structures, especially those placed upon any roof, for the support of
electric wires or cables in a safe and satisfactory condition ; and to abate
or remove any electrical danger. The maintenance of all wires at least
eight feet above the highest parts of all buildings over which they
run ; to decide on requests for exemption of wires and cables from going
underground, and of poles, supports, etc., from removal; the inspec-
tion of all wires, cables, and conductors, as to whether they are
suitable, strong, and sufficiently insulated ; to see that all wires are
tagged with name of owner; the removal, of all dead or abandoned
wires ; the protection of all buildings by fuses, or some other safety
device, with the exception of the wh*es of the Fire and Police telegraphs,
or those of series arc lights circuits ; the inspection of all wires carrying
electric-light, heating or power currents within buildings ; to see that
all poles and posts used for the transmission of electricity or the support
of electric lamps are insulated in such a manner as to protect employees
and other persons from injury ; and he shall purchase all dynamos and
other electrical machinery and appliances for said city, except those for
the Police Department ; and shall see that all said wires, posts, machinery
and appliances are maintained and kept at all times in good order and,
condition ; and shall keep in his office maps showing the location of all
wires and cables over, in or laid under the streets and public grounds.

The department issues annual reports, the first being issued on
February 1, 1895.



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MUNICIPAL REGISTER.



OTHER PUBLIC OFFICEES.



The following table shows the manner in which public officers, other than executive
officers of the city, serving in the city are appointed or elected as prescribed by statute,
ordinance, or regulation, the time of appointment or election, the term of office, and
the salary, if any, of each officer. All these appointments marked with a * are subject
to confirmation by the Board of Aldermen.







Appointed.


Teem.






How
Created.








Salary.


Offices.


By Whom.


When.


Begins.


Length of.


Art Commissioners . .


Statute . .


*Ex officio .


1890 . . .


1890 . . .


Indefinite.


None.


Board of Appeal* . . .


" . .


Mayor . .


Annually .


May 1 . .


Three yrs.


"


Board of Police ....

Boston Transit Com-

County Officers. See
p. 156.


" . .


Governor 1 .

Mayor and
Governor, 3


One in 1898,
1899, 1900,
respec-
tively . .

July, 1894,


" 1 . .
" 1 . .


Five years.
Five years.


$4,000 2
$5,000


Court Officers. Seep.
156.














Loan Association,
Workingmen's, one


" . .


*Mayor . . .


Annually .


3d Thurs-
day in April


One year.


None.


Loan Company, Collat-
eral, one Director . .


" • •


* "


« .


3d Wednes-
day in Dec.


.< «


..


Managers of Old South


" . .


City Council 4


» .


When
elected .


.. ..


•<


Medical Examiners . .


» . .


Governor 1 .


June 30, '91




Seven yrs.


$4,000


School Committee. See
p. 162.
















Statute . .


Bd.of H'lth.


Annually .


Mayl . .


One year.


Noue.


Officer to Transport In-
sane Persons * . . . .


Regulation


Mayor . . .


Annually .


May 1 . .


One year.


$1,200


Officers Paid by Fees : *














Beef, Weighers of . .


Statute . .


" ...


"


" 1 . .


"


Fees.


Boilers, Weighers of,


" . .


" ...


» ..


" 1 . .


,. „


,,







1 With the advice and consent of the Executive Council.

2 Chairman, $50u additional.

3 Three were appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the Board of Aldermen, and two
by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Executive Council.

4 By concurrent vote.



OTHER PUBLIC OFFICERS.



153



Offices.



Officers Paid by Fees : *

Coal, Weighers of

Constables . . .

Feuce- Viewers .



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