Issue 1 and Volume 8.

FIRE DEPARTMENTS NEWS —The glorious Fourth falls this year on Friday, and Saturday is also to be observed as a holiday by the compositors and pressmen. We are therefore obliged to go to press on Thursday without the latest news of the week. It will appear, however, in our next issue. —The Perfect Fire Extinguisher and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Mo., is arranging to open an office in New York for the transaction of Eastern business. —The Great Western Oil Company is endeavoring to estab lish a plant at Davenport, la., at a spot which the water-works company considers dangerously near its works, and the latter company is protesting vigorously. It is pointed out that in case of a fire at the oil works the water-works would be endangered and the city liable to have its water supply cut off. —Chief Engineer Henry Heinmiller of the Columbus (O.) Fire…

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