ANSWERS TO INQUIRES

ANSWERS TO INQUIRES

REX.—Much obliged for communication. Hope to hear from you often. Mark is all right and wants to be remembered.

STUART.—Our club rates are published in the paper weekly, viz.: six copies to one address, $10 a year. Shall be pleased to have you organize a club.

H. B.—Your credentials have been forwarded to Foreman Goodspeed. The record you bear seems to be a good one, and we think there will be no trouble about his tak ng you into the Company of which he is the head upon your moving to his city.

H. H., BOSTON.—The Roll of Honor in the New York Department is a large book, in which is transcribed, by order of the Commissioners, the reports of gallant conduct on the part of the members of the Department. Some of these reports are voluminous, and the volume is well filled. The exact number of names entered on the Roll of Honor we do not know, but will ascertain.

J. T. McC.—No, thanks; we shall be obliged to decline your proposition. We are in the habit of giving a chromo and a set of false teeth to advertisers as an inducement, but have not yet begun to send THE JOURNAL to their various agents gratuitously. Injustice to many other agents, who pay us $2 for THE JOURNAL and also send us many new subscribers, we cannot comply with your modest request.

W. C.—It is not the province of THE JOURNAL to answer questions that arc foreign to the subject of fire and fire apparatus. As yours is a biblical question, please take it to Bob Ingersoll. THE JOURNAL knows well enough what the correct answer is ; it is proud to say that it has been a regular attendant at Sunday-school ever since it reached the age of understanding, but still it is not its business to go outside of fire matters, and it won’t.

L. W. J.—You axe wrong, but, as you say you are not a Fireman, we will overlook your ignorance this time. It is not always the largest and best appearing Engine that is the best. As the Irish gentleman said, “It is not the size of the thing, it is the squirt.” The whole thing must be judged by the work it does. Years ago it was the fashion to have very large Engines, but those of the present day are lighter and yet they do better work.

A, D. Iowa.—The best means we know of to secure State aid for the benefit of Fire Departments is to secure the passage of an act by the Legislature imposing a tax of two per cent on the premiums received by fire insurance companies, such tax to be applied to the use of the Department in the place where it is collected. New York, New Jersey, and several other States have such a law, and it works well. Of course, this tax is charged by the companies to those who insure, but, as they are the owners of the property likely to be destroyed, they are the very ones who should pay for fire protection.

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INDIANAPOLIS.—Shall be pleased to receive communications from you.

H. A. H.— Have complied with your request, and forward by express.

COUNCILMAN.—The Fire Marshal of this city is an officer of the Fire Department, appointed by the Fire Commissioners. He has charge of a Bureau, and his business is to ascertain the causes of fires, prosecute incendiaries, etc.

CHIEF.—We cannot furnish you with the back numbers of THE JOURNAL you ask for. All we have are bound in Volume I, and of these bound volumes we have but half a dozen copies. We could have sold a hundred more if we had had them.

Neapu.—The “ Eureka” hat is made of leather, not of metal, and is about the same as the regulation hat, only differing a trifle in the shape and being somewhat lighter. It is made by Anderson & Jones, of this city, and is having a good sale.

Hook.—There is no manual of drill for Hook and Ladder Companies published that we know of. At least, none th .t has been adopted by any prominent Department. There is need for such a work, and we w’ould be glad to see some practical Fireman publish one.

Secketarv.—Cairns & Bro, and Anderson & Jones publish excellent certificates of membership, either of which will do you ere lit. There are other forms printed, but they are so gaudy in color as to be positively vulgar. Either of the above named firms will send samples on application.

HOSE RI nnkk. Old Sport,” the alleged Fireman who walked against O’Leary in this city and was so badly beaten, has been exposed as a fraud. In his walk at Bridgeport, where he made his “ record,” the scorers, it is stated, marked up his score while he was asleep. The object was to get up a match for the sake of gate-money. “ Old Sport’’ made several hundred dollars out of the operation.

Countryman.—The reason you have to pay more per foot for hose than New York city is because you buy less of it. There is just the difference that there is between wholesaling and retailing goods of any kind ; just as we can afford to take advertisements by the year at a less pro rata iate than we can by the week. Manufacturers of any class of goods will make a liberal discount on large orders. Hose is cheaper now than it was a few years ago for the reason that the cost of pure rubber and cotton fabric is very much less than it then was.

LONG Branch.—Undoubtedly at a fire the Chief has the right to give orders to individual Firemen without sending them through the Foreman of his company. Ordinarily, he should consult the foreman, but, as the Chief is superior to the foreman, the greater power includes the lesser, and he may issue orders d rectly to the men. In the military service, the same rule prevails. Orders from a Major General would ordinarily be transmitted through the regular channels, but in an emergency he would give them in person to whomsoever he wished to execute them. Unless this were so, much valuable time might be lost at fires by the Chief hunting around for a Foreman to give orders, when the man he wanted stood at his elbow.