Leadership

TOPICS OF THE DAY

Issue 23 and Volume 1889 6.

TOPICS OF THE DAY WE regret to have to announce the death on Monday of William Birnie of the firm of Goodhue & Birnie of Springfield, Mass., known throughout the United States as water-works contractors and owners. Mr. Birnie died of neuralgia of the heart at the age of seventy-one. He was one of the most prominent and public-spirited citizens of Springfield and will be much missed. GIVEN a hot fire and a high wind, and an engine stream is only too often rendered useless, blowing away in steam before it reaches the burning building. That is where the water tower gets in its work. What our departments need is a greater number of these valuable pieces of apparatus. Boston had but one, and that was put out of the fight by a falling wall early in the day. BROOKLYN’S Fire Department is to be strengthened by the addition of…

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