ANSWERS TO INQUIRERS
STONEHAM.—Shall be glad to hear from you on the subject of water works.
J. E. D., St. Louis.—We would be glad to have your assistance in the way you mention.
MYRTLE AND IVV.—Your communications were not received. Have wondered at your silence.
Enquirer.—English Engines, Hand and Steam, carry several lengths of hose. No Hose Carriages are used.
ANOKA.—We will send you a copy of “Fire Streams” on receipt of price—$1.50. It is a work all Firemen should study.
Boston.—There is but one Fire Boat in New York. She has very powerful pumps, and does excellent service at files occurring near the river front.
J. G. H.—We have had a Coroner’s Jury sitting a week on your letter, and they have not yet agreed whether it is poetry or prose, Hebrew or modern Greek. Send an interpreter.
OLD Volunteer.—Fire Commissioner John J. Gorman is Secretary of the Exempt Firemen’s Benevolent Association, and can give you all the information you desire on the subject.
C. F. F.—A lithographic portrait and biographical sketch of Chief Bates, of New York, were printed in No. 30 of THE JOURNAL. Can send you copies of the portrait separately, if you desire.
Jones.—The price of “ Fire Departments” is $25. There is nothing like it printed—it is invaluable to insurance men and persons interested in Fire Departments. A limited number only are offered for sale.
H. & L.—Your Company should be drilled as often as once a month, oftener if possible, to make them familiar and quick in handling ladders. A semi-military drill might be introduced which would add to the interest of it.
Relief.—Wherever there is a Fire Company there should be a relief fund. An assessment of fifty cents or a dollar a month for each member will start it, and your fellow-citizens will help you if you show a disposition to help yourselves.
MACK writes—“ Will you be so kind as to inform me where an indicatormay be purchased, and at what price.” If you will be kind enough to indicate what kind of an indicator you mean we will endeavor to comply with your request.
C. N. B.—Will send you our photo privately. We are too modest to print our own portrait, and, if we should do so, we might be identified by persons in some of those places where we used to live ; and we have no desire to turn THE JOURNAL into a “ rogue’s gallery.”
Philadelphia.—No uniformed member of the New York Fire Department can be removed except for cause, and after trial on charges regularly preferred. The Firemen of Philadelphia will never be free from the intriguing of petty politicians till they secure similar protection.
Buckeye.—Anderson & Jones, 199 Grand Street, have the handsomest certificate of membership we know of. It is a beautiful lithograph, illustrated with fire scenes, and is worthy of a handsome frame. All other certificates we know of are daubed w-ith red and are disgustgustingly gaudy.
FIRE PATENTS RECENTLY ISSUED.
FIRE Escape.—The rail is supported at its joints upon fishing plates and brackets Patent No. 210,539, issued December 3, 1878, to James Kerr, Pittsburg, Pa.
HOSE Racks.—In a hrise-reel, the combination, with a ratchet connected with a hydrant valve, of a pawl provided with a lever, which latter is adapted to be moved by suitable, machinery during the unwinding of the hose, and immediately upon release from said machinery to return to its verticle position by means of a weight which is secured to its lower extremity. Patent No. 210, issued December 3, 1878, to Thomas J. Rain, Cleveland, Ohio. «
HOSE Bands.—A metalic hose band having one end formed of two or more undevient edges, and other end slotted for its passage. Patent No. 210,560, issued December 3, 1878, to Frederick W. Robertson, Pittsburg, Pa.
HOSE Clamps.—A yielding cylinder with inside pocket, has ridged metallic edges and lugs thereon, the lugs on one side duplex, and forming concave hearings beneath to receive the terminus of a transverse rut on a screw bolt, passing through the lug on the opjKrsite side. Patent No. 210.422, issued December 3, 1878, to Daniel D. Hays, San Francisco, Cal.