—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.
—Woodland, Cal., wants a fire alarm system.
—Joliet, Ill., will appropriate $2000 for fire apparatus.
—Scranton City, la., is said to need better fire protection.
—Cincinnati, O., will have twenty-five additional patrol boxes.
—Louisville, Ky., will buy a new fire engine at a cost of $4000.
—Seville, Fla., and Toronto, O., will each organize a fire company.
—Brooklyn, N. Y., had eleven fires last week ; the losses were light.
—New hose-houses will be built at Richmond, Ind., and Brainerd, Minn.
—The fire alarm telegraph wires in New York are all to be put under ground.
—The annual inspection of the Montreal Fire Brigade took place October 29.
—At Valparaiso, Ind., a new hose company will be organized and a hose tower built.
—Dubuque, la., has been equipped with twenty-one Gamewell fire alarm boxes.
—Park River, Dak., which had a$50,000 fire recently, needs improved fire protection.
—The town of Kluzin, Poland, has been totally destroyed by fire. Many lives were lost.
—Georgetown, O., will purchase fire apparatus and construct a water supply system.
—Chicago will have a new engine-house and new fire company, to be known as No. 42.
—One of the reserve hand fire engines at Ilallowell, Me,, was recently destroyed by fire.
—Charles Adams has been appointed chief engineer of the fire department of Woodland, Cal.
—Throw flour or a woolen rug over a fire caused by a broken kerosene lamp. Never use water.
—A woman and three children were fatally burned in a Leadville (Col.) boarding house last week.
—E. B. Preston & Co. of Chicago will accept thanks for a copy of their handsome catalogue.
—The ladies of Wolfboro, N. H., are soliciting funds for the purchase of a hook and ladder truck.
—Hooper, Neb., will buy a hook and ladder truck. T. W. Lyman, clerk, can give information.
—John Lestman of the Lake View (Ill.) Fire Department was recently badly injured by a runaway team.
—Moorestown, N. J., has spent $1000 for fire hydrants, and will take steps to organize a fire department.
—The fire commissioners of Hartford, Conn., ask for an appropriation of $10,000 for a new fire engine.
—Two men were recently killed and 3000 olive trees destroyed at Hat bona, Tunis, by the bursting of a waterspout.
—The following named towns will purchase fire hose : Bismarck, Dak., 300 feet; Zanesville. O., 600 feet; Galesburg, Ill., 150 feet; Cincinnati, O., 1000 feet; Fort Worth, Tex., 1500 feet; Newark, O., 500 feet; Brainerd, Minn.
—Thomas Riley, a member of the Amsterdam (N. Y.) Fire Department, was fatally injured at a fire last Sunday.
—At a recent large fire at Lake View, Ill., the fire hydrants were found to have been spiked by some unknown persons.
—St. Louis, Mo., last week purchased 2000 feet of Eureka brand hose from the Eureka Fire Hose Company of New York.
—M. L. Atkinson has been arrested in Ozark county, Mo., on a charge of arson committed three years ago, and has confessed.
—The British steamer Hawarden, from Savannah, October 18, for Rcval, put into Queenstown November 3 with her cargo on fire.
—A new fire company will be organized at Rapid City, Dak., one also at Columbus, Ga., and a new hose company at Fulton, Ill.
—Raoul Charbonneau, charged with committing arson at Montreal, has been arrested at Holyoke, Mass., and returned to Canada.
—The Austrian bark Lussignano, from New Orleans for Genoa with cottonseed oil, has been burned at sea. The crew was saved.
—The steamer Peninah of the Red river and coastline, laden with 1040 bales of cotton, was burned November 1 near Alexandria, La.
—By the explosion of the boiler of a threshing machine near Ellendale, Dak,, October 25, three men were killed and several badly injured.
—The expenses of the visit of Chief Engineer Eaton of Hartford, Conn., to the national convention at Atlanta will be paid by the city.
—The new La France steam fire engine at Peabody, Mass., has been given another and thoroughly satisfactory trial, and has been accepted.
—Lynn, Mass., has bought from the Boston Woven Hose Company a second Boston extension ladder of the ” Junior ” class for inside work.
—Chief Engineer W. H. Newbury of Lincoln, Neb., will accept thanks for back numbers of FIRE AND WATER. WC now have all that we need.
—Goulds & Austin of Chicago are agents for the New York Belting and Packing Company. Their trade in this line is improving every day.
—At Cleveland, O., October 28, a huge boiler of chemicals used in the preparation of paints, blew up. Two men were killed and ten badly injured.
—John Ilodcl of Turnerville, Conn., on Wednesday shot and killed his wife, fired the house and smothered his two children. He has been jailed.
—There is said to be $40,000 insurance on a single piano in New York, the famous jeweled and gem-studded piano owned by the Marquand family.
—Chief Black of St. Paul, Minn., ex Chief Turnock of South Bend, Ind., and ex-Chief Culver of the same city, were recent visitors to Chicago.
—The Montreal city garbage crematory was destroyed by fire on October 30. Only the chimney was left standing. The damage is estimated at $15,000.
—The suspension of the National Rubber Company’s mills at Providence, R. I., leaves 1400 persons idle. There is considerable suffering among them.
—Charles Moore, a telegraph operator employed in the train despatcher’s office at Huntington, Ind., at the time of the Kouts disaster, has become insane.
—Mrs. Henry Ludlow of Haddonficld, N. J., was burned to death last Monday by the upsetting of an oil stove, against which she had pushed a baby carriage.
—The Trenton(N. J.) common council favors the establishment of a paid fire department. The citizens will vote upon the subject at the next charter election.
—The Boston Protective Company No. r has been presented with a fine oil painting of the great Boston fire by Fred E. Phelps, a well-known artist of that city.
—During the week ending October 7, there were forty fires in London against thirty-nine in the preceding week, and forty in the corresponding period of last year.
—A movement is on foot to remove the Union Stock Yards from Ch’cago, or rather Lake, as they are really situated without the Chicago city limits, to Lyons, Ill.
—Waltham, Mass., has contracted with J. Hinman of Boston for a Babcock double sixty-gallon tank chemical engine, to carry a 24-foot Craft extension ladder.
—At Rapid City, Dak., an Indian was discovered firing grain stacks. In defending his property, one of the owners was shot by the Indian. The Indian was then shot and killed, and the building in which his corpse lay was burned.
—The contract for iooo feet of fire hose for the Troy (N. Y.) Fire Department, was last week awarded to the Eureka Fire Hose Company for “ Paragon ” brand.
—E. A. Taft, Western agent of the Boston Woven Hose Company, has recently filled orders for fire hose from Marinette, Wis.; Muscantine, la., and Menominee, Mich.
—Four persons were killed and one wounded on October 31 by an explosion of dynamite at the American Forcite Powder Company’s works at Lake Hopatcong, N. J.
—Four persons were fatally scalded and five others injured by the explosion on October 28 of a battery of boilers at Holden’s fire-brick works near New Philadelphia, O.
—The courts have decided that the Plainfield (N. J.) fire board may not levy or collect a tax for fire purposes. A reorganization of the fire department will be necessary.
—Incendiaries recently fired the Hattie House at Knoxville, Tenn., and stole $1000 from the hotel safe during the confusion. The fire was extinguished with little damage.
—At Milwaukee, Wis., October 28, Lena Geisert, recently discharged, as cured, from the county insane asylum, soaked her clothing with kerosene and burned herself to death.
—At Cedarville, O., October 30, the town hall and several other buildings were burned. The local hand engine broke down. A steamer from Xenia stopped the spread of the fire.
—Chief Swenie of the Chicago Fire Department is after the gas manufacturers for discharging the refuse of their works into the river, endangering property in the lumber district.
—The new steam fire engine furnished to the city of St. Hyacinthe, Ont., by the Silsby Manufacturing Company of Seneca Falls, N. Y., has been tested with highly satisfactory results.
—The fire losses of last week are estimated by The Standard at $1,282,000, making the losses since January 1, $89,539,000, at which rate the fire waste for the year will be $108,577,188.
—The town of Latnonte, Mo., a place of about 800 inhabitants, was nearly destroyed by fire October 30, all of the business part and a dozen residences being consumed. No fire department.
—The Grand Trunk Railway Company will experiment in car heating from the locomotive. It will try the Martin system on the Cornwall branch and the Sewall system on the Ottawa section.
—Lake View, Ill., talks of buying a fire engine, which is much needed, as the water supply is poor and the Chicago Fire Department is always called upon for assistance in case of a fire of any size.
—The Naperville (Ill.) Fire Department has been reorganized and its strength doubled. For first hour seventy-five cents, and twenty-five cents for each succeeding hour, will be the members’ pay hereafter.
—The barns of A. B. Pew, near Mount Holly, N. J., were burned by incendiaries November 1. Five horses and eleven head of cattle with the entire season’s crop of wheat, rye, oats and hay were destroyed.
—Fire Marshal Edward Murphy, the widely known life-saver of the Chicago Fire Department, was struck by a railroad train while driving to a fire on the night of November 3, and received probably fatal injuries.
—Wife to husband—“ I caught Bridget starting the fire this morning with kerosene, John.” “How much do we owe her?” Wife—“Four months’ wages.” Husband—” Well, let her go on with the kerosene.”
—At New Orleans, where sixty-five fires have occurred in corner groceries since January 1, representatives of a number of prominent fire insurance companies have decided to cease writing risks on this class of property.
—Soon will come the cooler season When car-windows all must drop,
And the car-stove, when the car’s stove, Will come out on top.—Puck.
—During a heavy gale on Lake Michigan last Saturday, the steamer Vernon foundered near Sheboygan. Between thirty and forty persons were lost, only one man of all on board being picked up from a raft after sixty hours’ exposure.
—The most powerful land steam fire engine in the world, says The London Fireman, is that built by Messrs. Merryweather for the Liverpool Brigade, and called “John Hughes.” It throws a two and one-quarter inch stream 375 feet.
—The Kearny (N. J.) township committee has passed a resolution providing for the organization of a fire department in the township, under the patronage and control of this committee, and inviting the citizens of the township to meet in the town hall on Saturday evening, November 5, for the purpose of taking preliminary steps to organize a fire department.
—The New England Insurance Exchange has advanced rates at Boothbay, Me., fifty per cent, owing to the lack ot a water supply system. The rates at Augusta, Me., have been reduced because of the completion of the new water-works.
—Superintendent Abbot of the Boston Protective Department reports for September fifty-one alarms of fire. The department was on duty at fires fifty-nine hours and spread 176 covers. The total property loss was $55,500; insurance loss, $32,102.
—At Albany, N. Y., on October 30, fire destroyed Larabee’s steam cracker bakery, a dwelling, a storehouse and a barn and damaged nine other buildings. The losses are estimated at $200,000. A number of firemen were injured by falling walls.
—Trenton, a village near Helena, Ark., lost every business building in the place but one by fire on Wednesday night. On the same night the third destructive fire within two months occurred at Rawson, hear Findlay, O., consuming a number of dwellings.
—The McDonald Fire Escape Company of St. Paul, Minn., with a capital stock of $500,000, has been incorporated by John L. McDonald, Eli Southworth and David L. How, Shakopee ; W. P. Warner and John D. O’Brien, St. Paul. It will make the McDonald fire escape.
—An incendiary fire at Hackensack, N. J., on November 3, destroyed four buildings, inflicting a loss of $17,000. The fire alarm was found to have been tampered with and the lock of the Alert Hose house broken, causing great delay ; the pressure of water was also insufficient.
—The coroner’s jury, in the case of the recent fatal natural gas explosion at Pittsburgh, has brought in a verdict censuring the Peoples Natural Gas Company for employing incompetent workmen, and for making connections with the mains without first shutting off the gas.
—The Central California freight depot at Los Angeles, a building over 600 feet long, was burned on October 28 with its contents. About twenty loaded freight cars were destroyed and four Pullman, besides other passenger cars, partly burned. The loss is estimated at $250,000 ; no insurance.
—A cable dispatch from Vienna, Austria, says that Prince Czartoryski’s historic castle at Justovska, near Cracow, has been destroyed by fire. The contents of the picture gallery, which occupied the whole of the second story, were lost. The gallery contained a valuable collection of art curios.
—Deputy Sheriff and ex-Chief Engineer Thomas Honohan of Frankfort, N. Y., had his leg broken in three places some days since by the fall of a sheet of iron. Mr. Honohan’s many friends in New York State fire circles will hear of his sad accident with sincere regret, and wish him speedy recovery.
— ” Six Lives Lost—Almost a Horror at the Cleveland Insane Asylum Last Evening.” These are qualified headlines found in The Cleveland (O.) Leader of Thursday. Just how many lives must be lost to cause an entire “horror” in the northern end of Ohio is an interesting question.— New York World.
—At the recent fire engine muster at Andover, Mass., the best record in the first class was made by Tiger No. 3 of Lawrence, 276 feet 3 inches ; in the second class by Eben Sutton of North Andover, 227 feet 10 inches ; and in the third class by Joseph Swan of Everett, 192 feet 5 inches—all Amoskeag engines.
—Emile Trelat has reported, on behalf of the French sub-commission on fires in theatres, strongly in favor of the use of chemicals, rendering the stage and all its contents uninflammable, stating that the expense will not be so great as is imagined, and should fall on theatre-goers, who can not grudge an extra charge for safety.
—As a gymnast was performing on the trapeze in a hall at Monterey, Cal., October 15, a scaffolding gave way; a beam struck a large chandelier, the kerosene lamps exploded and the hall was fired. A slight panic followed, but was quickly quelled by some of the cooler of the audience, and the fire was put out with slight damage.
—During the year ending May, 1887, Edinburgh, Scotland, had 456 alarms, of which 100 were for chimney fires and 287 for fires within the city limits. Of these last only one was serious. The manual force of the department comprises 46 men, with 6 hand engines, 2 steamers, 24 hand pumps, 13 hand hose carts and three horse hose carts.
—Chief John Millikan of the Washington C. H. (O.) Fire Department opened bids for 500 feet of hose on October 10 from the Akron Rubber Company, Akron, O.; Ahrens Manufacturing Company, Cincinnati, O.; Hamilton Rubber Company, Chicago ; and the Gutta Percha Manufacturing Company, New York. The last named firm received the contract
—It is noted that the public prosecutor of Paris has ordered that the manager and assistants of the Opera Comique, which was burned some time ago with fearful loss of life, shall be put on trial for criminal negligence. This action is wisely considered a better precautionary measure than any number of patent water-spouts, iron curtains and fire extinguishers if the trial is a means for holding the accused to a rigid accountability. The preventive measures should not be neglected, however.— Western Fireman.
—In his report for the year ending October 1, Chief Engineer E. M. Carell of the Nashville (Tenn.) Fire Department recommends the organization of a new hook and ladder company and the purchase of a chemical engine. The number of fire alarms for the year was 160, and the losses $219,754 ; insured for $933,656. The expenses of the department were $49.”5-
—Joseph Orr, a well-known merchant of Wilkesbarre, Pa., was recently arrested on a charge of firing his place of business. He had previously brought suit against several companies for the insurance. In one of these suits, for $2500, a New York jury has found for Mr. Orr, who was cleared of all the charges made against him, his business reputation being entirely vindicated.
_Newton, N. H., has again aroused itself and appointed a committee to investigate and report next March what is best to purchase for a fire department. If it will take them over four months to ascertain that, will probably take about a year to buy what is recommended, if the results of the recent fire there are not then forgotten and the matter voted down.—Boston Globe.
—Lawrence, Mass., has been divided into four fire patrol districts, one member of the fire department having been appointed to take charge of each. The duty of the patrolmen is to spend at least one hour each day in inspecting sheds, stables, wooden buildings, etc., where the danger of fire is great. Combustible material lying carelessly about is to be brought to the owner’s attention.
—One of the finest fire engine houses in Chicago is that of Engine Company No. 1, located at Fifth avenue near Van Buren street. The building is of brick and stone, three stories and basement, provided with steam heat and all the modern improvements. Besides Engine No. 1 and its hose cart, the stand-pipe and water tower, and Marshall Musham’s cart and horses find quarters there.
—R. T. Whelpley, agent for the White Anchor hose at Chicago, has furnished Michigan City, Ind., with 600 feet of White Anchor hose ; Kansas City, Kan., with 2000 feet; Menominee, Mich., with 1000 feet ; and Quincy, Ill., with 500 feet of the same. Big Rapids, Mich., bought rooo feet of “ Regal ’’ jacket cotton fire hose, and Edgewater, Ill., 600 feet of mill single hose and a hose cart.
_In The Chronicle Fire Tables are recorded 621 fires which occurred in printing and lithographing establishments during the three years 1884 to 1886. The properly loss caused was $4,9°3.5o8 ; insurance loss, $2,977,122. Aside from exposure, the chief reported cause of fire was spontaneous combustion, followed by incendiarism. During the past twelve years the number of fires on such premises has averaged 143 yearly.
works of the kind have met with such favor as Grimshaw’s Steam Engine Catechism, a fifth edition of which hand-book has just been published by John Wiley & Sons of No. 15 Astor place, New York. The work is simple, correct and well indexed, and well adapted for the use of both theoretical and practical men having anything to do with the steam engine, although mainly intended for young engineers. The price is$r, post-paid.
—The Insurance Gazette of Ireland tells of a singular fire which occurred recently in the shop of a Torquay optician. The sun’s rays became focussed through the glass of a pair of spectacles which were suspended in the shop window, and thus ignited a blind. The fire and smoke, filling the window, attracted the attention of a passer-by, who entered the shop and aroused the proprietor. The fire was promptly extinguished, as it had not spread far enough to endanger the premises.
_The constant success of The Illustrated London News (American edition) is not by any means a surprise, when even the contents of a single week is considered. In the issue of October 29, besides an excellent colored portrait of Prince Bismarck, there are pictures of the Nizam of Hyderabad, two pages devoted to illustrations of the St^te of Ireland, another page of Our Troops in Burmah, one of Border Sketches in Kelso, one of Bristol Cathedral, one ol the Death of Caesar and a most attractive picture of a little girl and a dog, entitled Speak.
—Fire Marshal Thompson was recently investigating the cause of a fire in a downtown store. His suspicions were strongly in the direction of incendiarism, and a policeman was called in who had reported certain peculiar transactions on the part of the proprietor of the store What is your idea of the affair ?” “ It looks suspicious,” replied the policeman. “Think it is a case of incendiarism?” asked the marshal. “Well, I don’t go that far,” replied the policeman in a deliberate sort of way. ” I might say I think the place was set on fire.”—Philadelphia Bulletin.
_The repugnance of the fair sex to be seen en dishabille, even under extreme circumstances, was exemplified recently at Exeter, England, at a burning dwelling near the ruins of the temple of Thespia, in a lady who expostulated with those who had entered her room whilst the buildii.g was in flames for the purpose of saving her life—on the impropriety of removing her until she bad assumed her street costume. Without the courtesy of apology, the humanitarian intruders proceed to action, and enveloping her form in a large blanket absolutely abducted her to a place of safety.
—E. B. Preston Sc Co. of Chicago have under way for Seattle, W. T., a steel frame turn-table truck with steel aerial extension ladder. The firm will also furnish a handsome turn-table truck to Council Bluffs, la., and has a contract from St. Paul, Minn., for a steel truck with 90-foot aerial ladder and a city hook and ladder truck. In the shops are also two steel hose carrages for Omaha, Neb., similar to the one recently built for Milwaukee. A handsome first-class hook and ladder truck for W’atertown, Wis., has also just been completed. The business of this firm is large and steadily growing. Among other orders about to be or already filled, is one for a double-tank 50-gallon chemical engine for Omaha, Neb., and two double 8o-gallon tank engines for St. Paul., Minn.