DEATH OF CHIEF OFFICER A. R. TOZER.
On April 25 A. R. Tozer, chief officer of the fire brigade of Birmingham, England, died after an illness of some months. He was the son of Chief Officer Alfred Tozer, of the Manchester fire brigade and was in the fifty-fourth year of his age. The late chief officer may be said to have been a horn fireman, as from his childhood up he attended several great fires, and, as a schoolboy served as callboy to his father. He was, besides, a practical mechanic, as, on leaving school, he worked for some time in the factory of a Manchester mechanical engineer, after which he served an apprenticeship with the London firm of Merryweather & Sons, manufacturers of fire engines and fire apparatus. In 1873, the age of twenty-three, he was appointed superintendent of the Bristol fire brigade, which office he filled for a short time, and was afterwards appointed to the same position in the reorganised brigade of Birmingham. Chief Tozer was an intelligent, skilful and brave fireman, and it was entirely due to his exertions that the brigade in Birmingham became what such an important city demanded. His loss will he deeply regretted by the fire service in Great Britain and Ireland as well as by others outside the limits of the British Empire. To many in the United States and Canada Chief Tozer was well known, and his courtesy to American visitors was proverbial.
Having previously dismissed from the office Superintendent Murray, of tire bureau of combustibles. for failing to keep blasting in Manhattan within proper control. Fire Commissioner O’Brien revoked the permit of the New York Contracting company to blast in the Pennsylvania railroad excavation, between Seventh and Ninth avenues and Thirty-first and Thirty-third streets. Blasting has been carried on recklessly tlu-re for months, with great damage to persons and property. The step has called forth an engagement to observe the rules of the city and the permit has been renewed—as has, also, the reckless blasting.