Annual report of the Board of Directors to the stockholders at their annual meeting ...

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purchase of two steam turbine generators which promise valu¬
able results in connection with electric stations. One of these
is being installed at 12th Street and one at 39th Street stations.
They have the advantage of furnishing a large amount of power
in small space.

A large storage battery is also being installed at the 12th
Street Station, which is expected to have important results in
the economies of the Company.

The system of connecting the several stations by tie-feeders
which can be utilized, by the new device of a controllable
junction box, so as to serve also as supply-feeders, has been
carried forward with increasingly good results in the economies
of the service

By help of such improvements, it was possible to discontinue
the operation of the 39th Street Station entirely during the
summer of 1895, and it is hoped with the aid of the storage
batteries and the tie-feeders to confine active operating work
still more closely in the summer of 1896.

The underground system has been but little extended during
1895, beyond requirements for specific customers. There has,
however, been an increasing demand in the part of the City
between Canal and 8th Street, and the growing requirements of
business here and elsewhere have necessitated some extension
of feeders as well as mains.

It is not expected during the year 1896 to make large develop¬
ments either in station equipment or in underground service,
but the Company will be prepared to make such additions and
extensions as may be justified by actual demands.

Under a contract with the City, Madison Avenue, from 59th
to 79th Streets, will be lighted by the Company on the system
developed for Fifth Avenue.

During the year your Directors have caused to be pur¬
chased and paid for all the securities of the Madison
Square Light Company—known previously as the Thomson-
Houston and originally as the East River Electric Light
Company—and have extended the purchases of Manhattan
and Harlem Companies' bonds, so that only $64,000 in bonds
now remain outside of this Company's possession. This
will enable the practical consolidation of these several com¬
panies, with increased   economies,  as a  high-tension division of
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