The Chief of the Fire Department of a great city like New York leads a very active life in attending the many fires which occur almost hourly. It is part of Chief Bates’ duty to attend all fires occurring in the city from Twenty-third street to the flattery, east and west, while the Assistant Chief supervises the upper hall of the city. Of course the lower half is where most of the fires occur, and Chief Hates is kept moving day and night. At 8.45 o’clock on Saturday night a reporter called to see Chief Bates at the house of Hook and Ladder Company No. 9, in Elizabeth street, and had to wait until he came in. Just as the Chief was turning the knob of the street door at 9.30 the fire gong sounded, and in a jiffy the Chief 11ml his carriage were on the way to a fire in Attorney street. The Chiefs carriage was hack at the truck door soon afterward when an alarm fire of came from.Canal and Hudson streets, and the Chief was off again. The reporter still waited, however, and while the Chief was out two more alarms were sounded, and the Chief went to the fires that they indicated. While he was at the last of these an alarm sounded from Cherry and Roosevelt streets, and another alarm followed ten minutes later. It was then ta o’clock and the reporter despairing of ever seeing the Chief again ceased waiting.

Hut Chief Hates admits that his Saturday night experience was nothing compared to that on Monday night. On that night he was called to attend nine fires betwen 5.30 o’clock I’. M. and 7 o’clock A. M., ami had to turn out of bed five times. It is a standing wonder at headquarters how the Chief can get enough sleep to live on, but it appears that one hour’s rest with him is equivalent to three hours with anybody else. The fires on Monday night and Tuesday morning extended over quite a wide range ol territory, and occurred at the following (hours as recorded on the bulletin at headquarters: April 30, 5.38 r.M. (No. 53 Ridge street); ti 47 I’-M. (No, 188 Grand street) ; 7:04 r.M. (No. 88 Grand street) ; 9.19 r.M. (No. t.o Greene street); 10.46 r.M. (No. 4 Bayard street); May 1, 13.10 A.M. (No. 33 Baxter street); a.33% A.M. (in Bogart street), and 7.01 A.M.


Astoria Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 of Long Island City, are quite elated, and reasonably so, over a test of their swiftness of foot and ladder raising ability mode Monday night. T he boys having never attempted.anything of the sort before, pulled their truck out of the house and up the street, and word having hern given, ran with the apparatus a hundred yards, unshipped a ladder, and a man ascended who clasped the top rung in filty-seven seconds from the start, according to the stop-watch, on second trial. The apparatus used by the /Astoria Company is a heavy but serviceable Truck, formerly owned by the old Volunteer Department of New York. The ladder raised is over thirty-five feetjong. The memIwrare anxious to repeat the trial, being confident that the time recorded can be diminished. Some of the best Hook and Ladder Company contests on record took place at the time of the National Tournament, at Chicago in September, 1878. The Companies ran 300 yards, raised a thirty-foot ladder and a man ascended to the top round, fully 10,000 persons were in attendance, among them many ladies, to witness the exciting runs, and vigorously applauded the respective companies. The companies ran singly over a well-graded track and at the mark unshipped the ladder, and while several were in the act of raising it, the l.adderman scampered tip the rounds. Usually the ladder reached a perpendicular^fjne simultaneously with the I-addermart clasping the top rung. The following is a report of the average time made in the contest by some ol the crack companies: Rough and Readv, Monmouth, Ill., 49seconds; Young America, Decatur, 111., 33 seconds; Norwalk, O., 48K seconds; Tucker, Elkhart, Ind., 52seconds; Kirkwood, Kirkwood, 111., 53H seconds ; Abingdon, Abingdon, Ill., 53^ seconds; Hope, Charleston, 111., 57 seconds; Monitor, Dixon, Ill., 58 seconds ; Rescue, Kenosha, Wis., 68 seconds.


The Croton Aqueduct Bill has finally made headway at Albany, and has been passed by the Senate. It names the Commissioners in the bill, and provides that the Commission shall have full power in deciding upon the plans, the modes of construction and letting the contracts. After the contracts are let, the Engineers of the Department of Public Works are to supervise their execution. There is now every prospect that this measure will pass before final adjournment. The project of taking water from the Ramapo river and lakes, which is being urged by the underwriters, has also received the sanction of the Senate, by the passage of a bill giving the city authorities the right to contract with a company for water brought from there. There is nothing mandatory in this act, only permissable, and its passage is also quite certain before adjournment. The advantage claimed for it is, that water can be obtained in that manner in two years, with no outlay by the city until it commences to receive the new supply.

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