16 FEBRUARY 1934, Page 36


I find it impossible not to admire the indefatigable energy of the Gas Companies in their competition with the more modern illuminants. Moreover, it is an energy which achieves good results, for unquestionably the industry has a hold upon the householder which seems to be quite undisturbed by the free use of electricity. Indeed, Sir David Milne Watson, the Governor of the Gas Light and Coke Company, was able at the recent annual meeting of that company to state that people today used gas in their houses and in their factories on an even greater scale than twenty years ago. Last year, owing to the hot summer, there was some decrease in the con- sumption of gas, though even here part of the decrease seems to have been due to greater efficiency of modern apparatus. The Chairman of the Gas Light and Coke Company, in referring to the competition„presented by Electric Power and Lighting, said that even now the lion's share of street lighting still rested with gas.

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