A LA FRANCE ENGINE AT OTTAWA.
The new La France steam fire engine at Ottawa, Ont., was recently tested in that city in a competitive trial between it and a Ronald engine (Canadian make). The judges in the contest were Chief Benoit, of the fire department of Moptreal, Que., and C. J. Booth, of Ottawa. The trial took place at the canal basin. The Jubilee (La Franee) engine was hauled to the scene by a handsome span of greys, and the test was begun with two one and one quarter-inch nozzles. The Ronald engine raised first smoke in five or six seconds—two torches being used to the one employed by the La France people. The La France indicator, however, registered fifteen pounds of steam before that of the Ronald engine had even moved. The latter raised in four and one-half minutes, five pounds; in five and one-half minutes, ten pounds; in six and one quarter minutes, twenty pounds; in six and one-half minutes, twenty-five pounds; in seven minutes, thirty pounds. Phe La France generated in one and one-half minutes, five pounds; in two and one-quarter minutes, fifteen pounds; in three minutes, ten seconds, twenty pounds; in six minutes, ninety pounds; in six and one-half minutes, 100 pounds. Water was thrown, with the Ronald indicator at thirty pounds and the La France at too pounds. The La France threw the first water. Both engines laid two lines of 250 feet of hose, and the nozzle used was the one and one-quarter-inch size. Four streams were kept up for half an hour. From the first the La I rance threw the higher stream, although the Ronald did well, occasionally equaling or momentarily excelling its competitor, but not able to equal the steady and heavy La France stream. At the second test both engines played a single stream, through 250 feet of hose. That of the Ronald was siamesed into a three-inch branch; that of the La France into fifty feet of three and one-half-inch hose, with an ordinary fire branch; which gave a decided advantage to Mr. Ronald, as the La France was using fifty feet more hose. For thirty minutes each engine worked under a full head of steam, and though the Ronald was seen to greater advantage than in the first test, its stream could not come up to lhat of the La France, which, from start to finish, kept up a constant and invariable stream.