(From our Regular Correspondent.)
Captain John Moxon of Engine Co. No. 10 has handed his resignation to Chief Wallace and requested to be placed on the pension list. Captain Moxon has been in the department forty-five years, of which he has been a captain for thirty-five years. During all this period as commanding officer he has a record of never having an accident, and has never been up on charges.
Earl F. Hoffman, member of the Cleveland department who is estimated to be worth $100,000, gives the following recipe for success in the real estate field: “Play square and make no promises you can’t keep; discount bills the first of each month; do things on a big scale and buy in large quantities to get the benefit of better prices; keep your money turning over, and above all, be honest.”
Truck No. 11„ while responding to an alarm from box 785, skidded on the slippery pavement and went head on into a telephohne pole, smashing the radiator and engine and bending the frame of the truck. All of the crew jumped for their lives. Captain Herbert Scheinder was so seriously hurt he was taken to a hospital, but fortunately, on examination, his injuries were found to be not so serious as it was at first thought.
Lieutenant Joseph S. Glyde, of the fire department, was instantly killed recently by an automobile while crossing the street in front of the station house of Engine Company No. 26. The driver of the machine was arrested on a charge of manslaughter. Lieut. Glyde, who was 49, is survived by his widow and two children. He had been a member of the fire department twenty-two years, serving twenty years at Engine House No. 26.
With the introduction of the gasoline pumping engine a serious condition arises as to frozen hydrants. While manufacturers of fire apparatus have endeavored to overcome the difficulty by different methods and devices, as yet none are thoroughly satisfactory. It simmers down to steam being the only practical agent so far used to thaw out hydrants rapidly, so that when the engineer finds the hydrant frozen when he tries to couple up, he wants steam and plenty of it, quick. The most serious fault with various devices which the manufacturers seem to have lost sight of, is the volume of steam. This is the answer, “A good volume of live steam quick.” A small type flash boiler capable of carrying sufficient to create a good substantial volume of steam to be carried on the running board of the motor pumping unit during the severe cold weather, would be the solution. As a matter of fact, if hydrants were put in as they should be with a drain to the sewer there would, be no frozen hydrants.