Allentown Steamer Tested.
At Allentown, Pa., recently, the new first-size Continental steam fire engine, purchased by the Columbia fire company, was subjected to an exhaustive test, from which it emerged triumphant. It took six minutes to raise steam from the time the fire was lighted, and the engine, for six minutes and ten seconds, pumped 1,200 gallons per minute from the city mains, at one time reaching 1,300 gallons. As till that was required of the engine was 900 gallons per minute, it exceeded contract demands by more than 33 per cent. The water was thrown in four streams from one-inch smooth nozzles and the pressure rose to 280 pounds, being at one time so great that the hose burst. With the four streams siamesed Into one, a vertical torrent was projected 230 feet into the air. The engine was transferred to the water works for the next test, where pumping was done with a dead lift at a pressure of 38 pounds. Vcr tieal streams were thrown 52 to 80 feet above the highest stack of the waterworks, which has an altitude of 127 feet. For the third test the city mains were again utilized, and a stream thrown high above the National hank building, the tall esl structure til the city. The engine worked quickly and with little vibration, the lests being superintended by George If. and John P Ahrens, president and secretary of the Ahrens Fire Engine Company, who built the machine. Chief Cohn, the municipal officials and many influential citizens were interested spectators.