A Canine Fireman.
Elmer Partridge keeps neither hand grenades nor fire extinguishers in his house on Halsey street, near Hill street, Newark, says The New York Sun, because he owns a dog of the Irish setter breed that can put out flames as quickly as a fireman, and with far less damage to the threatened property. Twice he discovered small fires in the night on his master’s premises, and pawed them out before he aroused the family to show them his good work. On both occasions he was slightly burned. Mr. Partridge has no doubt that if he had the least fear that a fire was getting beyond his control he would sound an alarm at once.
A bundle of straw or newspapers ignited, and a cry of “ Fire” brings Dan, as the dog is called, at a gallop to the place. If he cannot extinguish the blaze with his paws he rolls his body over and over upon it quite regardless of the danger of singeing his handsome red coat. But the strangest part of his performance is the afterpiece. As soon as he has put out the fire he lies down and deliberately eats all the ashes with great apparent enjoyment. The animal is otherwise a vegetarian. He will eat no meat, but devours vegetables greedily, and delights especially in mashed potatoes.
GARBAGE DEODORIZATION AT Vienna.—The “ Vienna ” system of deodorizing sewage heats the garbage in a large tank by a steam jacket, with a reel of steam pipes revolving in the mass to stir and break it up, while a large exhaust pipe and fan draw off the evolved vapor and gases and force them into a water condenser, from which they are carried off in the liquid to the sewer. After several hours’ evaporating, the residuum is transferred to a draining tank, with a canvas bottom on a perforated plate, and is there heated and drained of oil, which goes to the soap makers. The solid matter is compressed for sale as fertilizer. The grease is estimated at ten per cent, and the fertilizer at twenty-three percent. The balance disappears in the drying process. The owners say they can get enough oil out of the garbage to pay the entire expense of handling it, and the fertilizer can be sold as clear profit.