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AN AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER.

Issue 19 and Volume 1881 7.

AN AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER. An interesting test of a recently invented fire-extinguisher, Parmelee’s Automatic Sprinkler, was given last week in Chicago. A one-story frame structure, thirty by twenty feet, had been constructed and furnished with the apparatus. The inventor of the sprinkler, Henry S. Parmelee, arrived from New York just in time to witness the experiment—the arrangements for which had been made by his agent. At half-past 3 a large pile of kindling-wood and shavings which had been placed on the floor was lighted, and in a moment the interior was enveloped in flames. In one minute and thirty-five seconds the first sprinkler was set off by the heat, and was quickly followed by two more, the flames soon yielding to their plentiful showers. As soon as the water was turned off and the building had cleared of smoke the spectators entered and found that the pile of kindling was not…

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