FIRE DEPARTMENTS. From the book entitled “Fire Departments of the United States,” compiled by the editor of THE JOURNAL, we extract the following tables, which give a brief Summary of the information the book contains: Table showing the number of places in each State having, according to the last census, a population of 1000 and upwards; the number having means of protection against fire; the number having no protection; and the number from which it was impossible to obtain reports. Table showing the number oj Steam, Chemical and Hand Engines in use in t sez eral States and Territories. The places from which no returns were received are mostly small towns, having no means of fire protection. In the book full details are given as to the equipment of each place.