A Firetrap Not a Fire Headquarters.
Declaring the fireheadquarters of New York city to be “not fireproof and so constructed that a fire could gain great headway with appalling consequences,” the New York Board of Trade and Transportation at its regular meeting adepted a report recommending that a building for a central station should be erected without delay. It is suggested that the building should lie not over three stories high and should be isolated from outside fire-risks, with adequate appliances, The report, with a number of resolutions, was sub mitted by Philip S. Tilden, chairman of the committee on insurance and fire regulations. Re garding the elimination of politics from the fire department, the committee asserts that, if its recommendations in that respect had been followed, much of the present odium would have been avoided. “But (the report adds) since then two commissioners, friends of the mayor, one a district leader, have been appointed. No reflection is intended upon their honesty of purpose; but politics crept in, and an investigation was necessary, and a new commissioner, a man of experience, was appointed.” The report points out that the recent investigation arising out of the Parker building fire was only superficial. It is said that the full investigation asked will begin next month
Bids for cast iron pipe at Cleveland, O., were opened and contract awarded to the U. S. Cast Iron Pipe and Foundry company for $60,000 worth of pipe, at $25 at tort. The bid of A. G, Daykin for $15,000 worth of stop cock boxes was accepted.