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NEYLAND NOTES. EXPERIMENTS IN PUBLIC LIGHTING. Since it establishment, the Neyland Urban Council has frequently had the difficult problem of the public lighting under consideration. Until lately, however, the question did not seem within measurable distance of leaving the region of discussion and coming into what may be de- sen bed in a hackneyed phrase as the "pale of practical politics." The negotiations with the Pembroke Dock Gas Company came to an abrupt and unsatisfactory ending, owing principally to the conduct of the Company themselves, which was considered rather high-handed by the Council. The burdens on the ratepayers were so heavy that it was not thought feasible to adopt any scheme of electric lighting. The Council, therefore, made inquiries in order to ascertain if they could get any satisfactoiy substitute at a reasonable cost, and a com- paratively untried article known as the Kitson light was brought under their notice. Untried—in the sense that it is little known in the United Kingdom-but I am assured that it is extensively used in America. It was invented by an Englishman named Mr Arthur Kitson and perfected about three years since, and it is claimed on its behalf that it far excels every other system in brilliancy, purity of light and simplicity of installation and economy. According to the Kitson Light Catechism "-a book- let now circulated through K eyland-an installation consists of three essential parts, the reservoir, which contains the oil: the lamp, which consumes it: and the tubing, which conducts it. The new feature of the lamp is that the oil in it is, by its own heat, first vaporised and converted into an oil gas, and is then burned in sun-like incandescence by means of a refractory mantle. I have no room here for details as to the construction of the lamp, but it is described as simple, and the only difficulty, which an inexperienced person has in connection with it, is the lighting of it. However, this art can be quickly acquired, the lighting being governed by an ingenious but simple contrivance which rapidly heats the vaporising tube previous to the turning on of the oil. The oil reservoir can be kept in any convenient place, from which it can be conducted by strong copper or bronze tubing to any number of lamps within a ravins nf Rhrmt -0- 1000 feet. For lamps beyond that distance, it is advisable to install another reservoir. The oil flow is controlled with absolute precision by means of ordinary taps and automatic check valves, and the passage of oil is automatically increased or diminished according to the number of lamps in use. As to the cost it is estimated that 9,000 candle power can be obtamed l?r hours for £ 8 18s 2.}d. The oil consumption is about five eighths of a pint per hour for every 1000 candle power. A further advantage of the Kitson light (I am still quoting from the booklet) is that the installation involves no expensive works, no mains, no skilled labour and no tearing up of roads, I now come to the experiments carried out in Neyland. One of Kitson s workmen came here on Thursday last, and, under his supervision, a lamp was put in the Square near Zion Chapel-by a curious coincidence (?) just at the end of the newly laid gas mains-and lighted. The light was brilliant, steady and pleasant to the eves, and ob- viously much better thau the ordinary gas. "The experi- ment was highly successful, as was that on Friday night. On Saturday night there was a slight hitch in the light- ing, but that was due no doubt to the fact that an inex- perienced hand attempted the task. Ou Sunday and Monday nights, however, the surveyor, Mr T. W. Evans lit the lamp, and it burned as successfully as on Thursday and Friday. The Councillors were pleased with the ex- periments, and they propose entering into negotiations with the Kitson Company for the lighting of the streets for the next six months at a rental, with a view to ulti- mate purchase. It is estimated that each lamp will cost about £ 2o and that 20 will be required. The Council are proceeding the right way to work. In six months they will be able to see plainly whether the system proves economical and satisfactory, and the public generally will have a good idea as to its nature. A fire, which might have had serious consequences, occurred in the house of Mr Incledon, High-street, on Saturday night last, A lamp was overturned, and several small things, including a table and some curtains, were consumed. The fire was discovered in the nick of time by a lodger and a visitor and extinguished. If it had caught a greater hold, the probability is that the entire block of houses would have been burned down, as, in the SSaefllmS supply, the people would be helpless against the flames. of ;t of Thomas Macken, Cambrian Terrace, a Trinity House man on the light ship "Helswick," stationed in the Bristol Channel, was brought up to Neyland on Friday afternoon in a very serious condition. The unfortunate man had burst a blood vessel in the head and was un- conscious. He now lies in a precarious state. Despite all the ukases issued against them, Mr Coram's railings are still standing. It seems there is a difficulty in securing a blacksmith to remove them. The Councillors in the majority, however, are apparently determined to abolish them, but perhaps less violent counsels may yet prevail.


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