COMPLIMENTARY TO BOSTON.
The Boston correspondent of a Hartford newspaper, Mr. Shillaber, otherwise “Mrs. Partington,” pays the following tribute to the Fire Department of his city: It was a matter of deep interest to me, a few days ago, to be present at a fire in Franklin s reet, and I made a note of the admirable manner in which the “devouring element” is met by our sturdy Fir_____ men under scientific direction. Of course action is quick, but there is no confusion. The ctitical eye of expert Engineers comprehends the situa ion at a glance, and the machines are put in their places with a celerity which astonishes the looker-on, who may, however, entertain opinions contiary 10 that of the managers; as those who do not know how to do a a thing generally think they are more compeient to decide than those who do. Orders are implicitly obeyed, as if duty were a part of the machine. No frantic shouting, no boisierous rivalry, no anticipation of a command. Every one is in his place, and ” theirs not to reason why.” They proceed t > their work with the precision and method they would exercise in making candle boxes. The impetuous spiric of ihe old Firemen has fled, but the w rk is there and the Engineer is responsible for it. The appliances for putting out fire are perfect, the means adequate, the “extinguishers” and “protectors” efficient auxiliaries not known t > the old system, and the wonder is that fire dares wag its “ tongue ” in face of the facilities for its suppression, but a little fire goes a gcod way in producing mischief, as I found the next day by the newspaper report, the whole affair occupying but half an hour. The Boston Fire Department has attained a perfection which admits of no superiority, and a vigilant Board ol Fire Commissioners assure its efficiency.