Issue 18 and Volume 53.

FIRE DEPARTMENT DOINGS Batavia, N. Y. is changing its volunteer fire department into one that is semi-paid. Two young men manufacturers of Kenosha, Wis., have presented the fire department of that city with a pulmotor outfit. A piece of iron or steel passing through a cotton-cleaning machine at Denison, Tex., caused a bad fire in a mattress factory. A board of fire commissioners has been appointed at Ione. Cal. The members arc James M. Amick, Eric Schmidt, Benjamin Isaack. With the rearrangement of the boxes of the Peoria, I11., fire alarm telegraph system every school house in the city will have its own box number. Sixty-six members of the Chicago fire department have been recommended for consideration as worthy of being awarded the Lambert H. Tree medal for bravery. The 1912 fire loss in Ohio was $8,060,000. The heaviest losses were Cleveland. $1,260,000; Columbus, $953,000; Cincinnati, $890,000; Toledo, $350,000; Dayton,…

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