An Active Man at a Fire.
In Lisbon Falls lives a most estimable and leavel-headed business man of wide experience and sagacity. He has one failing, and that is a lively one—he gets “rattled ” whenever there is a fire. This has so often been proven by experience that some mistaken folks have hitherto wished that he wouldn’t turn out when the fire bell rings, but they don’t do so any more.
Some time ago they had a fire, and this business man was there. He hustled into his clothes, prepared to rush forth and save things, when he found that some one had locked him in. He made a grand sally for out doors, and he got there whether by stratagem or force we don’t know. And now comes the yarn the boys tell about him. We don’t vouch for it. They say that as soon as he appeared on the scene of the fire he began to boss it, and the way he made things hum was lively. It was “ do this ” and “ do that.” “ Here, you, give us some water here.” “ Here, you, what you wasting water for? Limber up. Hooray, Tiger 1”
Water was scarce, the boys say, and about all they had came from a well by a pump. The Lisbon Falls man got an axe and became so excited, with the fire and the crowd, and particularly at the possession of the axe, that he cut the pump down and kept the crowd at bay while he did it. The boss have had a good laugh about it ever since, and nobody is hurt They had such a lively time at this fire that they say they can’t get along without him after this, and they will feel it a personal loss if he doesn’t turn out at every alarm.—Lewiston Evening fournal.
AN INSURANCE OFFICE FIRE.-A few days ago an extraordinary fire took place at a well-known Manchester fire insurance office, and although no lives were lost, and the damage was fortunately small, the fire itself was noticeable as having called into play all that energy and readiness of resource with which the name of the office is naturally associated. It appears that just prior to the commencement of business for the day a strong smell of gas was noticed. The leakage was carefully traced to a counter under which the pipes ran. It further transpired that a drawer in this counter was not only without a back, but that it directly impinged upon a vertical gas pipe communicating with a jet on the counter, and made of brass. Owing to the working of this most convenient and economical arrangement the strength and workmanship of the brass pipe was constantly and carefully tested by a series of shocks received from articles energetically pushed to the back of the drawer. Now that the pipe has given way under the continued strain we may expect the official report on the respective value of brass and lead when used for gas-piping under circumstances of the kind referred to. The leakage having been so far traced, a member of the staff, with most commendable promptitude, procured a light with a view to ascertain the precise locality of the fracture. No one was seriously hurt, but one gentleman performed a double somersault with unseemly haste, while another is still congratulating himself on the preservation of his eyesight. A huge sheet of flame called for immediate and concentrated effort towards its extinction. While one gentleman procured a piece of soap with which to stop the leak, others rushed in search of the office cleaner’s bucket, which was finally unearthed from a cellar and brought up filled with water. A reckless individual, however, endangered life and property greatly by foolishly going to the meter and turning off the gas at an early stage of the proceedings. In view of the presence of mind otherwise shown, this rash act cannot be too strongly reprehended. At last the united efforts of the volunteer brigade were crowned with success, and the fire was got under. It was then asked by a late arrival, “Why didn’t you use the extincteur?” which was hanging on the wall, and was nearly destroyed by fire. A golden silence then proceeded to spread itself throughout the surrounding empyrean.—Policyholder, Eng.
IDENTIFICATION AT A Bank.—The matter of identifying a friend or acquaintance at a bank is generally regarded as a mere business courtesy, and not as placing one’s self under any personal obligations. In a recent suit the Supreme Court of Colorado decided that it means more than that, and in its decision it says : “ Where a person goes to a bank with another and identifies him as the payee of commercial paper, on the strength of which the bank pays the money, he assumes the responsibility for the effect of his identification, and he is liable to the bank if the payment was wrong. It matters not that he supposed the person identified was the proper person. When he induces the bank to act upon his representations, he takes upon himself all responsibility and his good faith does not affect his liability.” If this principle is sustained, the matter of identification becomes a more serious thing than it is generally considered.