BOSTON FIRE SURVIVORS.
Thirty-one years ago, on November 10, 1872, Norwich, Conn., nobly bore its share in helping to extinguish the great fire in Boston. The survivors of those who took part in the operations of that night observed the anniversary by a little gathering held in the office of Chief Howard L. Stanton, in the city hall building, and while so engaged resolved to form a permanent organisation, so as to keep up the recollections of that eventful night. The following were present: Charles E. Briggs Edwin F. Chase, Ernest C. Cook, John Irish, Savillian F. Gibson, Frank E. Henderson, Clarence P. Capron, William H. Davison, Howard L. Stanton, George C. Sweet, Patrick Mahoney, Joseph Monaher, William A. Gordon, Marion W. Beebe, James W. Reiss, James Dwyer (Danielson). Howard L. Stanton was made president, and John Irish secretary and treasurer of the new organisation. A number of souvenirs of the fire were shown, including part of the box from which the first alarm was struck, owned by Chief Stanton. Among the letters received by Chief Stanton regarding the reunion was one from D. A. Delaney, of Hoboken, N. J., who was chief of the Norwich department at the time of the fire, and he sent a copy of the letter he received from the board of engineers of the Boston fire department, thanking the local department for the excellent and heroic service at the big fire. Another interesting letter from Robert Brown, of Norwich, who was engineer of the big steamer at that time, was read, and he stated several interesting incidents of the trip. At the next gathering a banquet will probably be arranged. Besides those who were present in Chief Stanton s office there arc many in the city who assisted at the Boston fire, all of whom have been invited to join the organisation; fourteen others have moved away from Norwich; and twenty-five are dead.
A large bronze bell, made by the Meneely Bell company, of Troy, N. Y., has lately been added to t!.e fire alarm system of Egg Harbor City, N. J. Its tone can be heard distinctly in all parts of the town whenever an alarm is struck.