BOSTON FIRE NOTES.
The Boston Standard explicitly and implicitly contradicts the “sensational story which [last] week went the rounds in Boston” that Fire Chief John A. Mullen is to be retired in a few weeks. It adds that both Fire Commissioner Wells and the mayor have “officially denied” the statement— the mayor styles it a “fabrication,” and the fire commissioner says that “Chief Mullen’s handling of fires has been most excellent, and, as a result, the fire-loss of last year was kept at a very low point.” The chief has just completed his first year as head of the fire department and has made a very fine record. —There are 964 officers and men in the tire department. They form a splendid body of firefighters, and are as famed for their discipline and intelligence as they are for their bravery. That last quality has been exemplified of late more than ever. No less than eleven of them have just been publicly commended hy E’ire Commissioner Wells for their plucky behavior at a recent fire in the Waverly house, Charlestown. Among them were Deputy Chief Peter F. McDonough, two lieutenants and eight laddermen.—At a fire in a Pearl street hardware store the firemen had to put up a very hard fight. Several of them were severely injured by an explosion of hot air, one being thrown to the ground by its violence. Both his ribs were broken.— During the late visit of President Roosevelt to this city, by order of Eire Commissioner Burrell, who lives next door to the house of Dr. Bigelow, where the President was staying, a chemical fire engine and crew were stationed, so as to he ready for action, in case of emergency.—Today there is an exhibition of automobiles in the city, at which motor fire engines are being shown.