Another Fire Extinguisher.
The Electric Chemical Fire Extinguisher Company of New York, which has just established a branch office in Newark, N. J., gave an exhibition on the canal bridge in Broad street, that city, last week. Three large dry goods boxes were piled up and filled with excelsior, wood, coal oil, kerosene and other combustible material. The torch was then applied at 7.30 o’clock, and the whole was in a blare in an instant. The blaze was so hot that the big crowd which was on hand to witness the exhibition could not press within 100 feet of the fire. J. O. Banning then took one of the patent syringes and, directing a stream upon the hunting pile, destroyed the last vestiges of the fire in a few seconds, and before the sides of the boxes were half burned through. Mr. Banning is the inventor of the extinguisher and says he will guarantee to extinguish 2000 feet of fire with three gallons of this prepared fluid.
The syringe used in putting out the fire is made of brass and is nickel-plated. It is two and a half inches in diameter and twenty inches in length, and will throw an eighth of an inch stream too feet. The chemical preparation comes in $t packages and will make three gallons of the extinguishing fluid which is mixed in the iron bucket which comes with the outfit, and is kept ready for an emergency.
Ex-Postmaster-General John NVanamaker of Philadelphia is one of the largest patrons of the company.