Issue 13 and Volume 42.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING The respective merits of the telephone and firealarm telegraph were discussed by expert chiefs at the Fall River convention of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s association, the arguments for and against the advisability of telephones in firealarm boxes having been evolved out of a paper read by Captain Richard Donahue, chief operator of the fire-alarm department in Boston. In that paper the reader advocated such a use and was upheld in whole or in part by Captain Greeley L. Curtis, Chief Mullen, of Boston, Chief G. W. Horton, of Baltimore, and others. The conclusion reached (that of Chiefs Mullen and Horton) was the right one—not that the telephone either should, or could supersede the fire-alarm telgraph system, hut that it could be extensively employed as an auxiliary and adjunct to the other. Next to the fire-alarm telegraph service certainly comes that of the portable telephone, and at…

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