Issue 1 and Volume 35.

THE USEFULNESS OF A CHEMICAL ENGINE. On looking over the list of fires which is published every week in these columns, the reader cannot but be struck by the number which occur in country towns and villages, and cause loss sometimes amounting to many thousands of dollars. On further examination, it will be found that in the majority of instances such places are altogether unprotected against fire, and haxe to depend upon a hastily organised bucket brigade to stay the progress of the flames. These fires might have been extinguished in their inception, or, at worst, the loss would certainly have been much less if a chemical engine, such as is illustrated herewith been on hand. These machines are easily hauled to the scene of action ; the veriest tyro can operate them ; and the stream they throw being chemicalised, is efficacious in its operationEven if it were not…

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