—Contractors and municipal officers will find it to their advantage to read the contracting intelligence in KIRK AND WATKR 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 subcription is only $3 per year, $1 for four months.

—-Gallipolis, O., contemplates water-works.

— Rushville, Neb., wants additional fire protection.

—Glencoe, Minn., talks of buying a chemical engine.

—Janesville, Wis., will have an electric fire alarm system.

—Indianapolis, Ind., had thirty-one alarms of fire last month.

—A hook and ladder company has been organized at Ionia, Mich.

—Ontonagon, Mich., is considering the question of fire protection.

—Naperville, III., contemplates the purchase of a steam fire engine.

—Fire alarm apparatus is wanted for the new city hall at Las Animas, Cal.

—It is probable that Washington, D. C. will buy a new steam fire engine.

—The swinging harness has been adopted by the Oshkosh (Wis.) Fire Department.

—Ludington, Mich., has contracted for the Gamewell system of fire alarm telegraph.

—During the past six months, Plainfield, N. J., has had on an average about one incendiary fire a week.

—At llarmar, O., on August 17, the large flour mills of A. Dircks & Co. were burned by incendiaries.

—Indianapolis, Ind., has had 228 fires since January 1 this year, only 64 less than the total number in 1886.

—Fire alarms at Washington, D. C., in July were nineteen in number. The loss was $6300 ; insurance, $4946.

—The village of DegrafT, Logan county, O., was almost entirely destroyed by fire on the night of August 20.

— Hoboken, N. J. is vigorously agitating the substitution of a paid fire department for the present volunteer force.

—Engine Company No. 14 of the New Orleans Fire Department contemplates a visit to Chicago early in September.

—During the year ending March 31 there were forty-eight actual fires at Kalamazoo, Mich. The total loss was #16,773.

—The salary of Chief Engineer James Crow of the Allegheny City (Pa.) Fire Department has been raised from $1800 to $2500.

—A hook and ladder company has been organized at Ilwaco, Ore., with C. C. Dalton as president and H. Van Tuyl, secretary.

— E. B. Preston & Co. of Chicago have built a very handsome nickelplated hose catt for Colorado Hose Company of Austin. Tex.

—The fund for the relief of the families of the firemen killed and injured recently at St. Louis, amounted at last accounts to $4000.

—Lieutenant-Colonel Graves of the Second Iowa Cavalry was burned to death in a stable at Topeka, Kan., on the night of August 23.

—Steelton Fire Company No. 1 of Steelton, Pa,; Niagara Fire Company No. 2 of Norwich, Conn.; Ontario Fire Company No. 2 of Cape Vincent, N. Y., and Star Hose Company No. 1 of Port Allegheny, Pa., have ordered equipments from the Smith Manufacturing Company of New York.

—The Fabric Fire Hose Company of New York has been awarded the contract for 5000 feet of hose for the Kansas City (Mo.) Fire Department.

—A sixteen-year-old Boston boy has confessed to having set fire to an East Boston spar yard last week, because he liked to see the engines work.

—In Detroit, Mich., during the month of July there were thirty-nine fires. The loss was but $14,690. The value of the property at risk was $189,100.

—Chief Engineer Hennick of the Baltimore Fire Department, who was dangerously wounded by broken glass at the late big fire, is slowly recovering.

—We have received from the Edward Barr Company (limited) of New York a copy of the revised edition of their text book on automatic fire sprinklers.

—Wide-Awake Hose Company of Milford, Mass., has just provided itself with handsome badges from the manufactory of A. W. Mitchell of 757 Broadway, N. Y.

—While driving to a fire on August 18, George Robinson, a member of the Oshkosh (Wis.) Fire Department, was thrown from a hook and ladder truck and severely injured internally.

—A most tastefully gotten up card of invitation from Chief Joyner and C. A. Collier, chairman of the board of fire masters, bids us to the national convention at Atlanta on September 20.

—The annual parade and review of the Battle Creek (Mich.) Fire Department and a test of the water-works will take place on September 8. Chief Engineer John G. Bohnett will accept thanks for an invitation.

—It is announced that, owing to the establishment of a paid fire department and electric fire a’arm at Augusta, Ga., the extra insurance rate of fifteen per cent on dwelling house risks in that city will be abolished.

—By the collision of an immigrant and a freight train on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, about twenty miles from Wheeling, W. Va., on August 24, two men were killed and fifteen of the immigrants seriously injured.

—We are indebted to Passaic Engine Company No. 1 of Paterson, N. J., for an invitation to join them in a visit to Easton, Pa., when they will take part in a reunion of the firemen of Easton and vicinity on September 14 and 15.

—Plainville, Conn., feels aggrieved because, although it has now been three years since its water-works were finished, no opportunity has yet offered to test their efficiency. During all that time the town has not had a single alarm of fire.

—A girl, while milking last Wednesday in the barn of Abraham Leman in East Lampeter township, Pa., drove away a cat from the pail. The cat overturned a lamp, setting fire to the barn, which was burned with five cows and three horses.

—The United States Electric Fire Alarm Company of Evart, Mich., has elected the following officers: William R. Mapes, president; E. C. Cannon, vice-president ; F. A. True, secretary; David Wolf, treasurer, and S. A. Chase, electrician.

—One of the horses of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 of the Indianapolis (Ind.) Fire Department entered the service August 17, 1884. and has not since had a holiday. During these three years he has made 572 runs, covering nearly 2000 miles of ground.

—The widow of Captain William G. Schulte, who was killed at a recent fire in Baltimore, will receive $500 from the Fidelity and Casualty, which insures the members of the fire department, $500 from the city direct, $250 from the Firemen’s Relief Association and a purse made up by citizens.

—Hon. Weaver Osborn, president of the Pocassett National Bank, says in a letter to Hall’s English Food Company of Boston : “ Your Hall’s English Food is fully up the standard, having fed it to both my horses and cows. Have used other kinds of food, but like yours the best of all.’’

—Mrs. Blobson—“ What’s that? Oh, horrors ! The hotel afire 1” Mr. Blobson—” Yes, come on. We’ve no time to lose.’’ ” Mrs. Blobson—But here I am in ray night dress 1” Mr. Blobson—” Good enough ! I’m glad you’ve got out of your ball dress and into something decent.”—Burlington Free Press.

—The fact that an American edition of The Illustrated London News is now published in New York, will be very agreeable tidings to a large number of persons on this side of the Atlantic, who, in order to get this delightful weekly publication, have been hitherto obliged to depend upon the foreign mails, and to pay for it at the rate of twenty-five cents a number. It is now issued by The Illustrated News Company, Potter building, New York, at $4 yearly, or ten cents a copy, and is destined to have a large sale. As a supplement to the number of August 20 is given a large colored lithograph—a striking view of the great naval review at Spit* head, July 23.

—At Lawrenceburg. Ky., on August 23, a livery stable, containing fourteen horses, a business block, a church and a dwelling house were burned, the loss reaching $40,000 ; insured for $14,500. The town contains about 3000 inhabitants, and has no fire department.

—There is no use in trying to protect a city, town or village with onethird, one-half or two-thirds of the fire apparatus or water supply needed. It is always cheaper to purchase the necessary additions to make the fire extinguishing facilities adequate than to rebuild property destroyed by a conflagration.— United States Review.

—Bridgeton, Me., has a new Silsby steam fire engine, over the acquisition of which the townspeople are rejoicing mightily. At a recent test with 1000 feet of hose and a one and one-quarter inch nozzle, it threw a vertical stream over a tio-foot church steeple in a strong wind, and with a rise from engine to nozzle of twenty-five feet.

—The following item from The Herald would lead one to believe that the people of North Bay quench their burning buildings with a stream from a beer pump : “ In the abstract of the township accounts for 1886, published in The Times of July 26th, we notice two items, viz., beer at fire $11, and beer at fire $rq.”—Monetary Times, Toronto.

—In the Providence (R. I.) Fire Department the stalls of the horses are washed down by a simple but handy arrangement, consisting of a perforated iron pipe placed in front of the stall on the floor and connected with the water pipe. The planks of the stall floor are hinged and can be lifted, allowing the water when turned into the perforated pipe to wash away all dirt into the gutter behind the hose.

—At the recent destructive fire at Pittsburgh, Pa., notone of the steamers of the city fire department was enabled to throw a stream that would reach the flames in the upper part of the burning buildings, which were eight stories in height, while the Eureka, a Silsby engine belonging to the Allegheny City Fire Department, played with ease over the lower of one of them, and broke in the plate glass windows of the eighth story with a stream.

—The Massachusetts railroad commissioners have sent to all of the railroads a circular calling their attention to the law requiring all methods of car heating to be approved by the board. In selecting heating apparatus to take the place of the “common stove,” the board recommends the adoption of the system of heating by steam from the locomotive, or at least of such approved heating apparatus as can be used in connection with, or readily converted into such system.

—The veteran firemen of Boston will have a grand field day on September 12. The Globe says that the Lowell, Chelsea, Charlestown and Roxbury veterans will each be present with a ” tub,” and probably others will come from outside of Bjston. The Barnicoat Association has obtained the old “ Barnicoat ” hand engine of Ipswich, and will take part in the festivities of the day. The Boston veterans will probably have the old Mellville No. 6 or Tiger No. 7 hand engines.

—At Macon, Mo., August 15. as a druggist’s clerk named McDaniel was attempting to mix a quantity of chlorate and prussiate of potash in a mortar, a terrible explosion occurred. McDaniel was instantly killed, his neck, both arms and a leg being broken and his body otherwise frightfully mangled. Another clerk named Webb was also severely injured. The whole plate glass front of the shop was blown out and the building fired, but the flames were extinguished without serious damage.

-First Omaha man (breathlessly): ” My poor friend, the stag party which you intended to have at your residence cannot come off.” Second Omaha man : ” Great Csesar! The dining-room is chuck full of jugs and bottles and glasses. Why, it isn’t twenty-four hours since my wife wrote me she wouldn’t be back from Minnetonka for a month.” ” Your wife? I said nothing about your wife. I just came from your part of the town and saw your house burn down.” ” Oh ! is that all ? I was afraid my wife had got home.”—Omaha World.

—C. Callahan & Co. are now well established in their new quarters at 164 High street, Boston, where they have all the space, light and other conveniences requisite for their increasing business. New machinery for drawing “jacket” hose together, and tools for expediting the turning and finishing of brass work, pipes and couplings, have been added, and after a temporary delay in moving, everything is now in readiness for executing the large orders on hand. Among these are one for 5000 feet of hose, and a number of relief valves, couplings and pipes.

—The Boston Globe gives notice that it will offer three prizes to the veteran firemen’s associations taking part in the parade and hand engine trial on September 12. The first prize of $100 will be given to the association making the best appearance in the parade, the number of men, the uniform and the appearance of the men being taken into consideration in awarding the prize. The second prize of $50 for the next best association, under the same conditions. An additional prize of $50 will be given to the hand engine company throwing the farthest stream of water under equal conditions as to hose and time of playing. All further conditions will be arranged by the judges, who will be announced later.

—That is a very pretty story which comes from Indiana detailing how the lives of hundreds of passengers on an express train on the Cincinnati and Indianapolis railway were saved by “an old aunty who iliscoveted . that a bridge had been burned down. Very pretty indeed. But what the public wants to know is, are we obliged to depend for safety in railway travel upon an old aunty who happens to be moseying along the track ? What if the old aunty should take a day ofl occasionally? lhc thought is too horrible to entertain. A railway that neglects to provide trackmen, and relies upon Providence and old aunties, seems to us to incur a rather reckless degree of responsibility.—Kansas City Times.

—For two whole days and nights a fire has been raging among the woods on the southeastern slope of Mount Pentelicus, and has extended along the valley between Pentelicus and Hymetius. In addition to miles of pine forests, thousands of olive trees have been burned down. Up* wards of 600 troops have been sent to extinguish the fire, but notwithstanding all their efforts it is still raging. Under the presidency of M. Tricoupis a council, consisting of the Governor of Attica, the commissioner of forests, the prefect of police and other superior officials, was held on Tuesday evening at the finance office to decide upon some measure for putting a stop to the destruction of forests and woods by fire. A then, (Greece) dispatch to the London Daily News.

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