Ahrens Engine Test.
A test of the Ahrens first-size engine delivered to Janesville, Wis., was made on the 6th instant. A local paper refers to it as follows: The exhibition took place in the front of the West Side fire station and was viewed by the fire and water committee, as well as a large crowd of citizens. The engine worked well, and at no time was there the least trouble about pressure, as was shown bv the steam gauge blowing off at frequent intervals. With four 1-in. streams through 300 ft. of hose, the engine pumped 1,020 gal. per minute, exceeding the rated capacity 120 gal., and this was kept up for twenty-five minutes. With a 2-inch stream 900 gal. per minute were thrown. A line of hose from the West Side Fire station to the V. M. C. A. building was laid—the distance being 1,300 ft., and with a H£-in. nozzle, the stream reached the ball on the flagstaff of the building, 115 ft. high. In making tests 310-lb. water pressure was reached while playing through the hose. The test was under the direction of Chief II. C. Klein and the fire and water committee, and the engine was operated by John P. Ahrens, secretary of the Ahrens Fire Engine company. Denver has one of the engines, the same style as the one just tested here, and has wired for another without competition; so that Janesville can run out, if necessary, one of the best-built fire engines made in this country.
Alliance, Ohio,, has awarded to a St. Louis concern a contract for an automobile triple combination fire engine, chemical engine and hose wagon.