Chief of St. Stephen Describes Factory hire
The recent fire in which the Mann Axe & Tool Factory, St. Stephen, N. B. was completely destroved, is so well described by Chief George P. Ryder that his report is worth quotation in full. It reads as follows:
“The factory was a collection of buildings on the banks of Denv’s Stream, in the extreme eastern end of town. It was started vears ago oil a small scale and added to from time to time. Years ago, water was the motive power and coal the heating, but in late years electricity and oil bad been substituted. One of the oil pipes hurst over an open fire and before the oil could be shut off. the building was in flames, the workmen in most eases being unable to get their outer clothing and some being obliged to jump out of the windows. It burned so fast that there was no time to use the hose in the building and owing to some accident, it was impossible for several minutes to shut the oil off at the tank, which helped the fire considerably. On the arrival of our department, we had all we could do to save the oil tanks from exploding. They were only about fifty feet from the building but fortunately the wind was the other way and aided our efforts. The only hydrant was 500 feet away. on the dead end of a 6-inch main, so you can see what water supply we had. In this ease, it would have made no difference what water or appliances we might have had, we could not have saved the building. Everything worked well—alarm given quickly by telephone, apparatus on the spot and water on in six minutes, and as it was a mile from station that was good enough for a country town. On my arrival I sent for departments from Milltown, Me., and Milltown, N. B., not for work on the fire but to watch for embers among the adjacent buildings. The department has only hose for equipment and two lines were laid from the 4-inch double hydrant which had a 105 pound pressure. The property was valued at $17,000 and the contents at $130,000. with total loss on both.”
The Georgia Senate has abolished the Civil Service Commission of Macon by approving the bill for that purpose that recentlv passed the Mouse. The same bill forbids members of fire departments in the state from membership in any organization that assumes the right to strike, thus legislating the Macon department out of the American Federation of Labor.