Some very queer facts were brought out by the prompt arrival of the fire department and fire patrol at a fire Sunday noon, at the premises of Philip Ilinrich, type dealer, at No. 195 William street. Fires had been set in six or more places and fuse, fire crackers, kerosere, benzine, paper and cotton were found. The value of the property thus endangered was estimated at not exceeding $12,500; but it has been discovered so far that there was about $25,000 insurance on the property, in about fifteen companies. A committee of underwriters, consisting of Messrs. White, Hill and Yereance, has been appointed to take charge of the case and to make a diagram of the property and endeavor to ferret out the guilty parlies. All companies have been requested to notify the New York Board of Fire Underwriter as to what lines they have in the premises. The assured was last seen in the city Friday, and is believed to be now in Detroit. Iron shutters were placed on the second floor, where most of the fires were, just a short time ago.—New York Commercial Bulletin,November 27.
THF. TREMONT METER AT Boston.—The board of aldermen of Boston, Mass., has received the following communication from the Tremont Water Meter Company, and referred it to the water committee: “The Tremont Meter Company, knowing that its dealings with the city of Boston have been in all respects fair and honorable. and desiring that its officers may be freed from the unjust imputations which have been and are still being cast upon them in certain quarters, respectfully asks that a full and impartial inquiry may be had into the dealings of the company and its officers with the city of Boston, and that your honorable body, upon being satisfied that said imputations are unjust, will exonerate said company and its officers therefrom and make such orders in the premises as you shall deem proper. And said company further asks that said inquiry may be had forthwith or as soon as the subject matter thereof shall seem to be free from political significance. Tremont Meter Company, by Frederick Curtis, president ; F. H. Raymond, treasurer; Moody Merrill, John Fottler, Jr., directors.
HEROISM AT A Fire.—But for the gallant conduct of Officers Miller and Enright and Fireman Doyle, four persons would have perished at a fire in Chicago this week. Though the building, No. 635 Blue Island avenue, was enveloped in flames on the arrival of the officers, they, when informed that all the occupants had not escaped, immediately entered the burning structure, and, after some moments of most intense excitement, appeared, their clothing on fire, but each with an inanimate figure in his arms. Fireman Doyle in another portion of the burning building similarly distinguished himself by most gallantly rescuing two persons by means of the ladders.