BERLIN, ONT., FIRE DEPARTMENT.
For some time the protracted strife in its fire department has wearied the aldermen and citizens of the otherwise peaceable city of Berlin, Out. It is confidently expected, however, that all such dissension will now become a tiling of the past, owing to the appointment of W. A. Howard, an expert fireman who has been trained to his work as a member of the London, Out., fire department, where he served under the late Chief Roe. who, it will be remembered, was killed a few years ago while in active service, and under his successor, Chief Lawrence Clark, who likewise enjoys a high reputation as a firefighter. Coming into the Berlin department as a perfect stranger, Chief Howard stands a better chance of healing old sores than if he had himself been a member of the department. He assumes office indorsed by the highest recommendations from the most prominent business men of London, the city officials and many others who can vouch for his thorough fitness to fill tlie post. He was the unanimous choice of the aldermen of Berlin out of seventeen candidates, and lias been appointed chief with full control and at a substantial salary. He has been given a free rein, and bis hands arc not to be tied in any way whatever. His appointment gives entire satisfaction all round, and, not least, to the members of the fire department. Berlin has one fire station, equipped as follows: Hose wagons, two; hook and ladder truck; horses for the pieces; electric fire alarm system, with some twelve boxes. Another fire station is being built at a cost of $200. The firefighting force cornprices sixteen men paid full time, with four more to be added on April 1. The fire area of the city extends over 1.500 acres, on which stand mercantile and private buildings of brick and wood, with wooden roofs permitted, only if laid in mortar. The water system is quite up to the mark. The system is pumping from wells two miles from the business centre to a standpipe with a capacity of 134,000 gallons. There are over 160 Ludlow and kiddy hydrants set. with a fire pressure of 102 pounds.