Issue 23 and Volume 25.

THE MODERN STEAMER. IN last week’s issue of FIRE AND WATER, we briefly referred to the steam fire engines for which New York city has received proposals. We wish to treat of the subject a little further— the importance of the occasion fully warranting it. The merits of the modern steam fire engine are scarcely appreciated when the great improvements it has undergone within the past few years are taken into consideration. There is no comparison between the steamer of today, and that of twenty-five years ago. It is a most creditable fact that there are American engines in commission now, that have seen almost continuous service during that time, and they are still able to render effective service. Year after year the builders have gone on making improvements in the line of increased efficiency, durability, and lightness, until it becomes doubtful if the point of maximum excellence in them…

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