A WATER SHIELD.
A new tire hose nozzle is claimed as the most recent English invention in that line. It is so constructed that at a moment’s notice the fireman can shield himself from the heat behind a continuous circle of spray. Very often in large conflagrations the heat is so intense as to make it impossible for the firemen to advance to the position where their hose would be most effective; and it is in just such cases that the nozzle would be most advantageous. The shield of water can be made as large in circumference as desired or can be directed at any angle by a simple movement of the milled head which is near the extremity of the oozzle. When it is required to shut off the spray so that the view may not be obscured, the reversed motion of the milled head accomplishes the purpose. The entire stream of water can be converted into spray, or, with a solid column of water, can be thrown with the spray shield for protection as described above. When the spray is bunched to the front in the form of a torrent it can be used for extinguishing tires among the light goods and materials which would be scattered by a solid stream. It is useful on board ship for cleaning decks, etc., and it also forms a good spreader for fountains, and can be used as a tree sprinkler.
At Ajuntus. Porto Rico, as elsewhere in the is!and(Genera| Stone’s invading troops were met and welcomed by the fire department, which was armed by the American general to act as a local police,