CINDERS AND SPRAY
—Contractors and municipal officers will find it to their advantage to read the contracting intelligence in FIRE AND WATER every week. More items of interest to city and town authorities will be found in its columns than in any similar class paper published in the country. The subscription is only $3 per year, $1 for four months.
—Toledo, O., will purchase a chemical engine.
—Macon, Ga., has received its new Hayes truck.
—Pleasantville, N. J., is organizing a fire department.
—Ware, Mass., has a Button hand fire engine for sale.
—The fire losses in Indiana during April were $218,350.
—Allegheny City, Pa., will purchase a new fire alarm bell.
—Chicago had 556 fires during the first three months of 1887.
_Greenfield, Mass., has appropriated $2250 for an electric fire alarm system.
—A fire department has been formed at Austin, Pa. Paul Costa is chief engineer.
—At Lee, Mass., a hook and ladder company with twenty members has been formed.
—W. D. Gillen (“ Go Devil ”) has been appointed clerk of the Chicago insurance patrol.
—The appropriation for the Ware (Mass.) Fire Department for the current year is $5100.
—The fund which is being subscribed for fire protection at Milford, N. J., is growing rapidly.
—At St. Peterburg, Russia, on April 26, eight policemen perished in a burning station house. The Nihilists are charged with having started the fire. The next day a lumber yard was also burned and several workmen and firemen killed.
—Steam fire engine manufacturers are asked to correspond with A. K. Fisher, Abbeville, Ga.
—New Hampshire had in April twenty-one fires ; total losses, $227,917 ; insurance losses, $200,771.
—Wyoming, N. Y., will organize immediately an engine company and a hook and ladder company.
—The chief engineer of the Kansas City (Kan.) Fire Department will receive in future $1400 salary.
—Chief Engineer Reesing of East Portland, Or., recommends the purchase of 1000 feet of hose.
—Minneapolis, Minn., will purchase several thousand feet of new hose shortly for its fire department.
—The next tournament of the Colorado State Firemen’s Association will be held at Leadville in August.
—There were forty-five fires during April in Brooklyn, N. Y. The total loss was $118,553 ; insurance $270,600.
—Chief Engineer W. H. Newbury of Lincoln, Neb., was badly injured recently by being thrown from a hose cart.
—St. Louis, Mo., had 239 fires during the first quarter of 1887. The total loss was $546,777 ; insurance loss, $489,679.
—At Carmi, Ill., some time since an unknown rascal maliciously cut up and ruined 200 feet of hose belonging to the fire department.
—Foreman William Villiers of the Toronto (Ont.) Fire Department was severely injured last week by the upsetting of a hose reel.
—Houma, La., tested its new Silsby steam fire engine some days since to the thorough satisfaction of the officials and citizens of the town.
—Chief Engineer L D. Heaton of Victoria, Tex., while hanging hose to dry recently, was struck by a falling gudgeon and severely injured.
—The Dover (N. H.) Board of Aldermen has voted to postpone, Indefinitely, the erection of the proposed new tire department headquarters.
—Inspector Thomas Byrnes, chief of the New York detective force, was last week elected vice-president of the Veteran Firemen’s Association.
—Assistant Chief Bonner and Battalion Chief McGill of the New York Fire Department, were cut about the head by falling glass at a fire last week.
_At a fire in Hanover street, Boston, on May 10, Policemen Fcessnden and Trydcr rescued five children who were found In bed, insensible from smoke.
_District Engineer William T. Chcswell, has been elected treasurer of the Boston Firemen’s Charitable Association, in place of William A. Green, resigned.
-Ex-Chief of Fire Department and cx-Sherifl W. M. Brackett of Minneapolis, Minn., is now the head of the real estate firm of W. M. Brackett & Co. of that city.
_Pearce & Jones, the proprietors of the well-known electric fire alarm system, have been awarded $125 per month for the care of the school telegraph of the city.
—The Minneapolis (Minn.) city council is discussing several proposed changes and improvements in the fire department for the better protection of life and property.
_The new Covert stand-pipe and fire ladder was tested on May to at the Indianapolis (Ind.) insane asylum, and water was thrown too feet over the highest lower.
_Xhe proprietors of the American Mills have presented $100 to the Watetbury (Conn.) Fire Department, in recognition of its services at a recent fire in the mills.
-FIRK AND WATER is indebted to Chief Engineer S. E. Combs of the Worcester (Mass.) Fire Department, for a copy of his report for the year ending November 3 1886.
—Fire Commissioner Tobin of the Boston Department has entered upon his duties, and the matter of repairs to the department buildings will receive early attention.
—Fireman Lynch of Des Moines. Ia., who recently rescued a young lady from a burning building, has been voted a gold medal by the city council as a reward for his bravery.
—The fire committee of the Toledo (O.) city council has recommended that the salaries of the members of the fire department be raised. The chief engineer now receives only $1200,
—The strict enforcement of the Sunday law in New York city is proving a veritable boon to the saloon keepers of Staten Island, Jersey City and Hoboken, which now each Sunday teem with thirsty metropolitans denied their beer at home. These suburban venders of irrigating compounds are well satisfied with the state of affairs and are praying fervently that the law may not be repealed.
—The annual convention of the American Society of Civil Engineers will be held at the Hotel Kaaicrskill, in the Catskiil mountains, N. Y., beginning about the second day of July.
—Chief Engineer Edward Hughes ol Louisville, Ky., recommends the addition of several new engine and hook and ladder companies to the force of the fire department.
—At a meeting of the New York State Association of Fire Underwriters last week, it was decided to raise rates in Buffalo unless the fire protection of the city was promptly improved.
—Destructive fires were burning last week in the great pine and cedar tracts in Burlington, Ocean and Atlantic counties, New Jersey. At last accounts about 2400 acres had been laid waste.
— During a severe wind and rain storm at Columbus, O., on May 5, a church steeple cont?.ining a large fire alarm bell was blown down and the bell imbedded fully two feet in the ground.
—The Chicago fire boat Geyser will be moored at the foot of La Salle street until the Wells street bridge is rebuilt, when a permanent home will be constructed for it in the pier protection.
—The Silsby Manufacturing Company of Seneca Falls, N. Y., has Issued a second edition of its interesting pamphlet, “Fire Protection for Small Towns,” which we noticed at length some months ago.
—Bids for fire hose, couplings, play-pipes, etc., were recently opened by the fire department, Durham, N. C. The contract was awarded to the Fabric Fire Hose Company, 5 Barclay street, New York.
—For the first time in ten years a mare has been put in service in the Indianapolis (Ind) Fire Department by Chief Engineer Webster, as an experiment. It is claimed that as a rule mares soon become cross and dangerous in the fire service.
—Washington Hook and Ladder Company of Trenton, N. J., having purchased a Hayes truck, is offering its old apparatus for sale. It is equipped with a sixyfive-foot extension ladder and is described as well suited to the needs of a small city.
—The curtain of the new theatre connected with the “Old London Street,” on Broadway, New Yotk, caught fire during the performance on May 9. The audience remained quiet and the tire was eventually extinguished, doing but slight damage.
—West Indianapolis, Ind., has finally concluded to have an entirely independent fire alarm system, not connected with that of Indianapolis. Four boxes have been placed in service. The new city has two fire marshals, Messrs. Williams and Buschell.
—At Canton, Mo., on May 2. a fire of supposed incendiary origin destroyed the engine-house and $1500 worth of hose, and damaged the engine $100. Once before, seven yeats ago, the town lost an enginehouse and Silsby steam fire engine by fire.
—The Springfield (Mass.) fire committee recommend an appropriation for the coming fiscal year of $5100, divided as follows : Hydrants, $2500 ; note of prudential committee, $850; hose, #200; incidentals, $750; officers, $200 ; engine and hook and ladder men, $600.
—Several thousand acres of woodland along the South Shore Line in Michigan have been burned. The village of Rock River narrowly escaped destruction. Extensive forest fires have also been burning in the Shawjngunk and Catskiil mountains in eastern New York.
—The Howe Pump and Engine Company has been incorporated at Indianapolis, Ind., for the manufacture of fire engines, force pumps and wind engines. The business has heretofote been carried on at Ilion, N. Y. D. J. Thornton is president and L. M. Howe secretary.
—At a recent fire at Boston, Mass., a fifty-foot extension ladder, manufactured by the Boston Woven Hose Company, was easily raised by six men. Tnose who have used it speak in high terms of tlvs ladder, dwelling especially upon the ease and speed with which it can be worked.
—The present electric fire alarm system of Framingham, Mass., will be completed by the Ganiewell Fire Alarm Company. Ten additional alarm boxes will be put up and three more striking machines; the Para whistle will be discontinued, and the bells on the churches will be rung instead.
—Woodstock, Windham county, Conn., has been visited by fite but once within the past thirty years, and jogs along without afire department. When the inevitable big blaze does come and the pound of cure has to be paid for, the place will realize how much cheaper the ounce of prevention would have been.
— Five attempts were made within two weeks to burn a large frame .tenement house in Cincinnati, occupied by a large number of negroes, and on May 4 it was finally almost gutted by fire, the occupants—mostly women and children—barely escaping with their lives. Michael Collins, a badly-deformed cripple of eighteen years, was caught under circumstances which leave little doubt that he is the incendiary. Two smaller boys, his supposed accomplices, escaped for the time. The boys are white, and had a feud with the colored tenants, who came near lynching Collins when he was arrested by the police.
—The quarterly conference meeting at Rockland, Me., recently, in view of the damage caused to church property by persons breaking in in order to ring the bell for fires, and believing that a better fire alarm system should be provided, resolved to refuse the use of the bell for this purpose after July 1 next.
—The bill “ requiring foreign fire insurance companies to pay certain premiums on business done in Pennsylvania, to create a fund for the relief of injured volunteer firemen, in localities where such companies may do business,” has been unfavorably reported by the insurance committee of the Pennsylvania Senate.
—The La France Fire Engine Company last week shipped two engines to Pliiladalphia. One was a steamer which had been rebuilt at the shops and the other was a new La France steamer. The Philadelphia department now has two La France engines and a Hayes truck from the Elmira shops, and also two engines which have been rebuilt there.
—The work of rebuilding the burnt district of Onancock, Va., has not yet been begun, the owners waiting to see what action the town council will take with respect to widening the streets and forbidding the erection of frame houses in the business section of the town. It is probable that these questions will be the main issue in the approaching municipal election.
—The new Button steam fire engine recently acquired by the Gem Fire Company of Jackson, Miss., was tested a few days since before a large number of spectators and performed to the satisfaction of the judges, who report that in six minutes from the time of lighting the fire it threw a stream “that would do effective service on the roof of any building in Jackson.”
—On the night of May 7 fire broke out among some frame buildings on East 125th street, New York, and swept over the space between 124th and 125th streets, First avenue and the East river. Abraham Steers’ lumber yard and planing mill, the turning mills of George McKenzie and the Messrs. Klein, and the sash and blind factories of Judge Wilde and John McKenzie were consumed, and the loss is estimated at over $300,000, with only $70,000 insurance.
—The new double-tank Babcock chemical engine for Brockton, Mass., was delivered on the 3d inst. and a public test given on the following day. The machine was driven a quarter mile and water thrown in forty seconds. The test, which was a very satisfactory one to all concerned, was given under the direction of Capt. E. F. Marlin of the Boston Department. Chief Eaton and Assistant Chief McCann are highly elated over this new addition to their department rolling stock.
—Bids for a fire engine were opened at Baltimore. Md., on the 10th inst. by the Board of Fire Commissioners, as follows : Silsby Manufacturing Company, Seneca Falls, N. Y., $2900; La France Company, Elmira, N. Y., $3000; Clapp & Jones, Hudson, N. Y., $3400; Manchester Manufacturing Company, Manchester, N. IT., $3850; Button Fire Engine Company, Waterford, N. Y.,$2700. These prices include the old engine taken in exchange. David H. I.ucchesi, secretary of the board, furnishes this information to FIRE AND WATER.
—The increase of salaries in the Boston Fire Department took effect May 1. Chief engineers now receive $3500 yearly; assistant chiefs, $2400 ; district engineers, $2000 ; captains in districts 3, 4, 5 and 7, $1400 ; captains in the second grade, $1300; lieutenants, $1200; enginemen, $1200; assistant enginemen, $rtoo; hosemen and laddermen who have served two years, $1095 ; less than two years, $1000 ; permanent substitutes, $900; veterinary surgeon, $1800; superintendent of apparatus repairs, $2000; superintendent of fire alarm, $3000; head clerk of board, $2400 ; others, $1500, $1400 and $1300 respectively.
—At the fire in the Baumbach Company’s store at Milwaukee on April 15, the flames were burning fiercely among the drugs and other inflammable stock in the cellar, where the smoke was so dense as to absolutely prevent the firemen from entering, when one of Bresnan’s patent distributing nozzles was introduced through a hole cut in the floor above, and within three-quarters of an hour the fire was extinguished. In the same city on May 2, at a fire in the hop house of Best’s brewery, one of these distributing nozzles was used with wonderful effect, and last week the same admirable appliance extinguished a fire in a coal bunker of an ocean steamer in New York harbor, after all other means bad been vainly tried.
—Chief engineers of various fire departments have recently been elected, as follows: Houston, Tex., Henry Ross… .Gloversville, N. Y., E. C. Boyle. … Austin, Pa.. Paul Costa… .Oneida, N. Y., S. M. Hill.’ ….Winona, Minn.. M. Hanley-Birmingham. Ala., Frank Nevil…. Colorado Springs, Col., C. B. Perrin… .Winchenden, Mass., E. S. Merrill…. Marlboro, Mass., John C. Rock….East Brilgewater, Mass., N. L. Curtis…. Kingham, Mass., George Cushing.. . .Natick, Mass., J. W. Morse…-Greenfield, Mass., A. L. Miller… .Everett, Mass., Joseph Swan…. Hyde Park, Mass., Rinaldo Williams …Milford, Mass.. P. J. Baxter_Millbury, Mass., John Gegenheimer…. Pittsfield, Mass., Geo. W. Branch…. Dedham, Mass., Geo. A. Guild …Webster, Mass., John F. Hinds… .Spencer, Mass , Van R. Kent… .Bradford. Mass., J. Frank Mills… .Quincy, Mass., John W. Hall… .Plymouth, Mass., 11. P. Bailey… .Lake City, Minn., James H. Gilletl… .Laporte, Ind., Clinton Cochrane_.St. Louis, Mo., John Lindsay… .Ware, Mass., Thomas G. Gleason.