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LITTLE FALLS, N. Y., April 28.—The election of a Chief Engineer took place some two weeks ago, and Victor Adams, by a unanimous vote of the Department, was declared elected, and was last week confirmed by the Board of Trustees of the village. The election was held at the Engine-house, of No. 1. After the business was done away with, the boys set in for a good time, which lasted until two o’clock in the morning. Singing, eating, drinking, smoking were quite freely indulged in. The way some of them were taken in on the flour deal wan quite laughable. No. 3, a short time ago, presepted C. B. Leigh, with a fine office chair. No. 2’s hop was held on Monday evening, April 19, and was a very pleasant affair. Marlin Flaherty, and Jacob Kirkwood arc now working for the State. Alfred Archer has been quite sick, but we are glad to say is around again. James Chester, Secretary of No. 1, is about to take a trip through Pennsylvania, for his health. Nos. 2 and 3, will play for the champion hat on May 17. if No. 3 holds it this time, as doubtless it will, the bat will become the Company’s property. Charles Casler, one of No. 3’s hose men, will this evening take a life partner, in the shape of a beautiful and cultured young lady cf Manheirn. May they live long and happily, and never know sorrow, trouble, or care. Congratulations and cigars will be in order,Charles. Charles Scott, the ex-pedestrian, is now a prominent member of No. a, but what he had that red light hanging out for the other Sunday night is bothering the boys. Hope nothing is wrong, Charles. A lamp exploded in a tenement house near No. 3*8 house last Wednesday evening, but no alarm was sounded. The fire alarm telegraph is being thoroughly overhauled and repaired. The wires in a number of places will be taken off* of house tops and placed on poles, and the circuit will be about one mile shorter. The boxes in some places, will be changed. The best and principal change will he in the general alarm; no bell will be used after the change, but two gang whistles six in all, will be placed on two of the mills, one in the Eastern and one in the Western part of the village. The whistles will then blow the number of the district, and will no doubt be a good alarm. On the morning of April xs, a fire broke out in one of the mills, and in nine minutes from the time the alarm was struck, No. 1 had a good stream on the fire. The other Engines quickly followed, and the fire was soon extinguished ; the damage was slight. The two colored boys of No. 3, whom 1 spoke of some time ago, made themselves very conspicuous at this fire. This being the first fire they ever attended as Firemen they could hardly keep their feet after they got there. The fire was nearly out when they arrived, hut the way they spurted around you would take them for Boston drummers or large stockholders in the Boohoo or Funk manufacturing establishment. Last Saturday was the first regular monthly training of the Department. The Engines worked very satisfactorily. On their return to the Engine-houses the Hosemen should be tnoic careful about the running through the streets wi h their Jumper. No. x came near having two or three accidents on their return last Saturday. James Chester and M. Hennessey have been talking about holding a cat show in the near future. It is expected Jim will bring home some rare specimens when he returns from Pennsylvania. They have already secured some fine ones, those they secured the other day were as fine as we ever saw. The boys wish them success in their new pursuit of business, and it is earnestly hoped they will secure the patronage of all the boys of the Department, as they certainly need it. The Board of Trustees have appropriated $oo for new hose. No. 3 is going to have a new spray nozzle, Charles Oyston of this village, is the patentee, and the nozzle is made in Troy ; it will cost about $20. No. x’s flag was flying last Saturday for S. M. Van ALtine. Good enough Law. A number of 3’s mashers attended No. 2*s dance; one of them remarked that it was the first time he ever went that he was ashamed of himself. He i a darling, you bet he is.” U. N.

AURORA, 111* April *7.–A meeting of the council was recently held, at which appointments of officers of the Fire Department for the ensuing year were made. Mayor Brady handed the clerk a communication he had received from the committee appointed at the Firemen’s meeting, giving an account of the proceedings at the said meeting, whereat William Eggerman was declared the unanimous choice of the Fire Department for Chief, and M. Fla set for Assistant. As soon as the clerk finished reading. Mayor Brady arose, and after a few appropriate remarks, nominated William Eggerman for Chief. For a second it was as quiet as death,and then Alderman Phillips moved that the nomination be confirmed, which motion was passed unanimously. The remainder of the appointments were as follows: Assistant Chief, M. Hassett ; Engineer, Suanicr No. i, A. F. Wallace ; Stoker, Steamer No. i, H. B. Sperry; Engineer, Steamer No. a, B. W. Morris ; Stoker, Steamer No. a, H. A. Rackmeyer; West Side Holly Wheel, L. P. Hoyt; East Side Holly Wheel, J. H. Hubbard. At a recent fire in a large woolen mill, it was shown that the Hook and Ladder boys arc sadly in need of new ladders. Not one of all they had would reach to the top of the building, and it is a low one at that. Chief Eggerman won many compliments by his actions during the fire. He is getting plenty of practice since he took his new place, and he shows himself off to advantage. HOMO.

BUFFALO, April 26.—At 4.50 A. M., April 17, an alarm was turned in from box 142, caused by the discovery of fire in a frame building in Seckler’s Summer Garden, and as this was the first fire for our paid force, and as tha wind was blowing almost a gale at the time, considerable curiosity was aroused, as to how the boys would work. Four Steamers, one Hook and Ladder, and one Chemical Engine responded with a working force of 33 men, under command of Assistant Chief Hibsch, and the way they extinguished that fire would have done credit to a veteran corps. That our Paid Department will be a grand success none but those who have made the old Volunteer Hose Houses their homes for years will deny. The bill creating a fire commis-ion in this city has passed both branches of the Legislature, and now only awaits the Governor’s signature to become a law. The Mayor will undoubtedly name the new board on the first Monday in May, and the term of service of all connected with the Department will expire in ten days thereafter. It is of course idle to predict what steps or changes the new board will make, but undoubtedly all changes made will be for the better, and our citizens may rest content that our force of 167 men, and which will probably, and ought to, be increased, is equal to any. It is to be hoped that the Commissioners wi 1 increase the number of Assistant Engineers from two, as at present, to four. The territory covered by our Department is altogether too large for the Chief and two assistants. The boys are ail on the anxious scat concerning their positions in the future. John White, the handsome and very amiable little fellow who holds the ribbons over the Chiefs thoroughbred, was a few days ago presented with a new regulation hat and front by a few of the rctiting fire sharps. Hydrant Hose Company]No. 1, of Lockport, N. Y., intends to participate in the parade, in connection with the State Association at Auburn the coming Summer, as a strictly total abstinence organization, they having recently, during the temperance craze in that city, marched in a body from their Hosehouse to the place where the advocates of water and users of morphine were holding forth, and signed the temperance pledge. The juvenile organization known as Hodge Hose Company No. 4 has followed suit. George R. Brown and Billy Rosenblatt, both for many years connected with Neptune Hose Company No. 5, of the old Department, have opened a first-class liquor store and sample room at No. 192 Main street in this city, where all good fire sharps visiting Buffalo are made welcome ; and perhaps it may not be out of place to say that another gentleman, at one time a member of the same Company, is making himself felt throughout this State as a very effective worker in the cause of temperance. This gentleman is William W. Gunnison, Grand Lecturer to the Grand Lodge, etc., etc. The new Department will appear in new fire hats and fronts on May 1. J. A. Taggcrt, of this city, requests me to say tha*. he has fire apparatus for sale a’ appears in his advertisement, and which I know to be very neat, and can advise all in want of such apparatus to communicate with Mr. T. before purchasing elsewhere. I would say for the benefit of those, if any there be, unacquainted with the hitching time of Chemical Engine No. x, that this crew run their horses 33 feet, hitch, and have a man in the seat all ready to go m five seconds, three men making all snaps, and, by the way, the valiant Fire King,” of Omaha, whose Dcfi ” was so promptly accepted by this crew to the amount of $500, has not seen fit to come to the front like a man as yet. In reply to the question propounded by your lady correspondent as to why I do not mention the annual parades of the Department I would say that last year that duty was delegated to another who failed to perform it, and of which fact I was not cognizant until the matter was too old for publication. If I am not greatly mistaken Miss Hook and Eye ” was a visitor in our city some months, and a subscriber to your valuable JOURNAL. ROB ROY.

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BROCKTON, MASS., March 15.—The exceeding quiet of fire matters in this Department, there not being an alarm in two months, received a boom on February 27. At 6 o’clock A. M. a courier on horseback from the town of Stoughton, six miles distant, arrived with word of a large fire raging in that town. The Chief ordered the Steamer and four wheel Hose Cart to the rescue. The former was drawn by six of Cleveland’s big horses, and the Cart by four, the run being made in one hour, and mud on the roads a foot deep. They arrived in season for good service, and were used well by the Stoughton Department. The Steamer took suction from a well with two feet of water, and after working two hours only lowered the water two inches. The Stoughton Department consists of one Button Hand Engine, one Hunneman Engine,and a Ladder Carriage. In all probability a Steamer will be added this season. At the town meeting March i, Ex-Engineer Green was chosen one of the Selectmen for the year; B. F. Driscoll, of Protector Company No. 3, was elected Constable, and a committee of five was appointed to confer with the Firemen and report on the questions of what is actual service, and what pay the Firemen and Engineers shall receive. The Engineer’s report recommends an extension of the fire alarm system, and the appropriation of $2500 to complete the same, and more hose is called for, as the old is giving cut. The hose purchased two years ago shows signs of decay, partly to the lack of care, there not being sufficient money to allow the companies a shift or any facilities for washing or drying hose after using. The Chief asks for a new House of brick and a Hose Tower,to give quarters for three pieces of apparatus, the building to cost $10,000. There is no possibility of this being done this year, as the town taxes are very high, on account of Water-works and other heavy eperationson hand. Hose agent Wadsworth, of the Eastern Rubber Company, was in town with his samples the other day. Senator Mackin,foreman of Hose Company No. 3, is laid up with inflammatory rheumatism. Channing Keith, senior hoseman of Company No. 3, has gone to Colorado. Barnicoat’s letter in THE JOURNAL of two weeks ago is the right keynote. A Firemen’s Association for New England is a grand good idea, and should be pushed forward by the help of every Department. Let Massachusetts be the first wing to organize by forming a State Association and then uniting, at some future time, as a New England Association. To me it seems too large a circuit to try to organize all at once, but after the State Associations arc formed, the Union would be complete.

SOMKKVILI.E. Mass., March 16.—Steamer No. 1, which has been in the repair shop since the accident, has been thoroughly overhauled, and is again in service. Previous to being housed, the utility of Shaw’s patent Relief Valve was tested in the presence of Chief Hopkins, of Somerville, and Casey, of Cambridge, and the Committee on Fire Department of both cities and a large number of spectators. The Relief Valve was attached by Hunneman & Co., of Boston, and worked to perfection. Previous to the above trial, Hunneman’s new Tripple Nozz’e was tried, by which it was found that a stream from a one and one-half inch nozzle could be thrown 140 feel, and the force from a hydrant with a pressure of 45 pounds, can be utilized to throw as good a stream, to as great a distance, as can be accomplished by a Steam Fire Engine. Election of officers in all Compan es took place Monday evening, March 1st, with the following result:—Hose Company No. 1. Foreman, D. Taylor; Assistant, Walter Inwood ; Secretary and Treasurer, T. Daley. Hose Company No. a, Foreman, F. W. Ring; Assistant, D. Spike ; Secretary and Treasurer, Edward Ring. Hose Company No. 3, Foreman, Robert Tilden; Assistant, C. H. Bridges ; Secretary and Treasurer, Charles Trull. Hose Company No. 4, Foreman, B. W. Lawrence ; Secretary and Treasurer, W. D. Tucker. Steam Fire F.ngine Company No. x, Foreman, J. C. Jackson; Assistant, Frank Walker; Secretary and Treasurer, T. Cunningham. Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, Foreman, R. A Melvin; Assistant, Charles Brett; Secretary and Treasurer, H. A. Shaw. William Burbank, the rcliet driver, has another young monkey, and he proposes to make a first-class Fireman of him. A little box is to be put up at the Steamer-house so that the boys can drop in a dime or so once in a while to keep the monkey tupplic 1 with tobacco. Assistant Foreman Mentzer, of Hose Company 4, has a new girl baby, which he is very proud of. The other night, alarm from box 28 sounded, and found Mentzer alone in the house with the baby, and he says it took him over half an hour to hunt up some of the neighbors to take care of that baby so that he could go to the fire.

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HAVERHILL, MASS., March 18.—“ E. Phram,” in his recent communication makes several sad mistakes, contradicting himself at the very first. He calls my letters vague and pointless, and then in a delightful bit of verse says: “ AndstiM he talked and taught,” giving the impression that he had learned something, even if the lines were without point. In writing he should draw from facts and not from the imagination. As to my being a novice in fire matters, that may be true. Perhaps I may not have seen so much service as some of his “ prominent citizens,” but still I have had some experience in time past. As to my brain being affected by a desire for office, that is not so. I claim that at the big fire wc did have Firemen, and good ones, too, so far as their knowledge of fire matters went, and what they lacked should have been made up by their superior officers. As to the old, true and tried ex-Fircmen who took hold with a will on that eventful night, all well and good. No doubt the propertyowners in that section of the city were, and are, grateful for their services, but there could have been found outsiders, who would have done as well, and who would not have stood back and hooted at, or bothered the new Firemen, or have become more drunk than some of those same old, true and tried ex-Firemen. I do not criticise the new Board for not approving all the names sent in as members of Steamer No. 3. They gave no reason for their act, and the company received no warning of what was to come, but the Engineers and their friends circulated false and malicious stories, calculated to injure the company in the eyes of the citizens. There were no good and sufficient reasons for not approving the names as sent in, and the Engineers, by a free use of these stories spoken of, won the Fire Committee over which accounts for their being sustained by said Committee. The Committee on Fire Department dared not give the company a hearing, as they knew that they could clear themselves, and come out at the top of the heap. Perhaps it is none of my business, but they are all personal friends of mine, and I like to see fair play and all persons have justice done them. As to growling and finding fault with everything in which I did net have a finger, that remains to be proved. I did not know before that I represented a few, or many, and as to being left out in the cold, I am not, and if I were I fail to see how it would affect either the Department or the city. “ E. Phram ” says they acted under advice of high legal authority, in removing property from the Engine-house. Now I can prove that the lawyer they consulted on two or three occasions told them that if there was a single member of the old company who stuck he could hold everything belonging to the company. And he well knows that one of the men did stay in the new company, but he did not know at the time that he could hold anything. Yet in the face of all this, they removed everything of value, and what they could not carry off they broke up or buried in the cellar. The bell on the Hose Carriage was procured by subscription and presented to them by the ladies. That was carried off, but they had no business to remove it from the carriage. The spirit that broke the picture of an ex-Chicf, and tore down the motto of Tiger No. 1 with a curse, has nothing to

BROCKTON BOY. o with the Department at the present time. That is a thing of the past and need net be resurrected. You know where to find me every day in the week, my jocular “E. Phram.” and I should be happy to receive a call from you. BUNKER HILL.

JONESVILLK, MICH., March 11.—The annual election of officers of the Kirc Department of this village took place Saturday evening, March 6. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: Edward W. Risdorph, Chief; Fred. C. Barkman, Assistant Chief; Charles Finch, Foreman Engine Company ; Wolf Mack, Assistant Foreman ; Hiram Starkweather, Secretary; L. D. Birdsall, Treasurer; Chatles E. Case, Foreman Protective Hose Company; E. H. Gran, Assistant; Charles Wade, Secreta y ; Charles Turner, Treasurer; Jay S. Wisner, Torch Boy. Thomas Howlett, the retiring Chief, has been in charge of the Department nearly three years or since its organization, has given the best of satisfaction and retires with the best wishes of the Department. Ed. Risdorph, the new Chief, has been Foreman of the F.ngine Company two years and is well qualified to act as chief. Fred. C. Barkman, the new Assistant Chief, has been Foreman of the Hose Company nearly there years, during which time the company has been one of the most active in Michigan and has won premiums to the amount of $325, in the most exciting contests in this part of the State, the last contest being at Battle Creek, where the Company won the sweepstakes, $200, over the contestants present, the new champions of Michigan and two South Bend, Ind. Corn, panics included. The entire Department are well uniformed and only need a new Enginehouse to complete their happiness. CITIZEN.