East Walpole Fire Brigade.
At East Walpole, Mass., the second meeting of the F. W. Bird & Son fire brigade was held in the brigade room on March 29, with Chief George R. Wyman in the chair. D. Prescott, of Boston, was the first who entertained those present. After him a paper written by Chief Thomas A. Harris, of the Lynn fire department, was read, in the unavoidable absence of the writer, by Deputy Chief George Poore. The paper treated of the Lynn city fire department and the General Electric company’s fire bridage, located in that city. The paper brought out a lengthy discussion as to the different ways to attacks fires, the use of a cellar-pipe, sand, soapstone and steam as means of quenching fires, methods of entering buildings, fighting fires from the roofs, raising ladders, laying lines of hose to fires, both through and around buildings, etc. Chief Boyden, Winslow, Bouncy, Engineers Talbot, Smith. Rtordon, Phalen, Roadie and others took part in the’discussion. C. Hale then took up the subject of water connections between Norwood and Walpole, which was also well handled and fully discussed. It was shown that, if the Sandpaper mill should catch fire it would be practically impossible for engine companies to pass through, owing to the extreme heat, so that the Norwood company could lie of little or no assistance. Furthermore, the Walpole end of the line is a blind end, and only a 6-in. or 8-in. pipe, and. in order to get more effective pressure there, it would be well to make that end of the line 12-in. pipe. The discussion on this subject was lengthy and interesting, and after it Mr. Prescott again entertained the guests. Refreshments were then served, and the balance of the evening was spent in singing, clog-dancing, music, and the like. There were about 150 people present, all of whom were benefited from an educational as well as from a social standpoint. C. H.