Issue 20 and Volume 1892 12.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS. Secretary Madison of the public works department, Cleveland, O., has an idea for increasing the fire protection of the city. Instead of building new fire stations and purchasing expensive portable engines, Madison thinks that a powerful stationary engine located in the central part of the down town district, in the neighborhood of the city hall, would do better service. From this engine pipes could be laid through down town streets, and in case of a big fire it would take but a few moments to pump a perfect deluge of water. The idea is similar to the one now employed by laying pipes from the fire boat. At a late hour Saturday night fire was discovered in the shop of H. S. Robinson & Co., boilermakers, East Boston, and by the time the fire apparatus reached the place a lively blaze was in progress. The whole building…

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