Answers to Correspondents.

Answers to Correspondents.

M.—Hose 22 lay in Hester street before she went to Canal street.

RIELLY.—John S. Giles is serving his thirtyfifth year as Treasurer of the Widows’ and Orphans’ Fund.

ALLEN.—The old Ball Committee is Mill in existence.

A. P.—The Knights of the Round Table originated at the house of Lafayette Hook and Ladder Company, 6 Mercer street.

Time.—John Decker served two terms as Chief Engineer.

Q. T.—Joseph K. Perley rose from a private in old Engine 44 (Live Oak), to President of the present Department.

C. T. B.—Charles T. Perry never was Chief Engineer of the Hoboken Department.

Insurance.—The Jennings fire occurred on the night of April 25th, 1854.

CITY FIRF. Limits.—In the Reoorder’s Court, at Detroit, the other day, a point was raised relative to the validity of the tire limits ordinance, which will determine the autority of the Council to grant permits to construct or repair wooden buildings inside such limits. Some weeks ago, the Council gave Daniel Anderson authority to repair a wooden building, and he was brought before the Recorder on complaint that he had exceeded the permission granted, and was making mure repairs than were authorized. E. F. Conely, his attorney, defended on the ground that the ordinance is invalid, for the reason that the Common Council have no right to pass an ordi nance prohibiting the erection or repairing of wooden buildings within certain limits, and in the same ordinance reserving the right to grant permission, by simple motion or resolution, to whomsoever they may see fit to violate such ordinance.

A NEAT Comi*limp.nt.—Bpeaking of the recent fire in St. Louis, which destroyed sevoral fine buildings in tho hoart of the city, the St. Louis Globs Democrat, nays: “Wo have upon some occasions felt called upon to reprove what wo considered the inefficiency of the Fire Departof this city, and this makes us all the more willing to speak in praise of its splendid conduct on Wednesday night. Chief Sexton and his men deserve unbounded thanks for the energy and zeal with which they worked to keep within the narrow limits of tho building in which it origiI natod, a fire which might have spread with terrible loss on all sides. It was a magnificent piece of work skillfully and thoroughly done. The Salvage Corps did its share, too, and was promptly on the ground and efficient when it got there.”

There is no donbt but it would increase the efficiency of all Fire Departments if a uniform hose coupling was adopted by all manufacturers of hose. By this means, all hose manufactured would be servicablo with any engine, and one Department would have no difficulty in co-opporating with any other in an emergency. At its last session, the State Fireman’s Association recommended that the aid of legislation should be invoked to secure this point,

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Our department of “Answers to Correspondents,” promises to be an interesting one. The circulation of the JOURNAL prospectuses brought us quite a number of questions to answer. We shall take great pleasure in responding to the best of our information to all questions on fire topics.

A P.—Noah L. Farnum resigned assistant engineer-ship April 1st, 1857.

B.—“ Big Six ” returned home from Canada Sept. 10th, 1857.

WEST Side.—When Harry Howard was made Chief thero were only four regular candiates in tho field to fill the vacancy of assistant-engnieer Isaac S. Seixas Hose 2, C. K. Lyons Hose 10, Eugene Ward, Eng. 29, and Daniel Duninan Eng. 18. The election was held on the 10th of March, 1857.

Jersey.—The Volunteer departmnet of Newark was permanently organziod in 1854.

Rex’.—Tho first vacancy that occurred in the Board of Assistant-Engineer (now Chief of Batallion) was made by tho resignation of Joe Costa—Joe remained hut a few months in the department.

^ Wooster.—Eloven Engine lay down in Old Slip before she came up into Wooster street.

K.—Harry Howard is still alive, and looks good for many years to come.

In the early part of October a very pleasant ro-union took place at the house of Engine Co. No 0 in Philadelphia in the shape of a presentation to Foreman William McKinley, by the club that bears his name, of a handsome diamond pin, and a photograph of Foreman McKinley to Assistant Engineer Baxter and the members of 21 Engine Company. Councilmanelect Faunce, of the Eighteenth Ward, received the trophy on behalf of the above gentleman in a neat speech, and then all hands sat down to a fine table prepared for the occasion. During the evening there was singing by Ed. Faunce, Val. Mohden, Rice McGonigal and McKinley’s band, clog dancing bv Charley Clark and song and daiico by Master McKinley. The invited guests were dames Baxter, Foreman Hollworth, George Cost, Johnny, the Rabbit, from Engine 21; Dave Bisk from Truck C, Bum Hager from Truc k B, Bill Defoney, David Rothsohell, and many others.

The total amount to he raised hv taxation this year for the support of the goverment. of this city is $28,821,885,64. Of this sum the Fire Department costs £1,226.070; the Police Department, $3,805,175; the Board of Education $8,5551,000; and the Board of Charities $1,190,000. It is impossible to ascertain tho amount of the city debt, but the amount required to pay interest on it is $9,176,501. Considering the vast amount of property to which it affords protection. the cost of the Fire Department cannot be considered extravagant.

—A boy undertook to torture a wasp by touching a lighted match to its body. The wasp applied its warm side to the boy’s hand, and as it flew away it gave the boy these words of w’isdom : “ Never try to beat a man at his own game-”