ENGINES DELAYED AT GRADE CROSSINGS.
Elizabeth, N. J., fire engines, while on their way to a fire on September 5, were held up for rive minutes at the Port avenue grade crossings while a freight train passed and a drill locomotive went back and forth in the vicinity of the crossing, making it necessary to have the gates down and as a result the fire commissioners at a recent meeting directed their secretary to send a letter of protest to the superintendent of the Jersey Central Railroad. When the matter came up at the Board meeting, Commissioner Robert E. Patterson made the motion for the letter of protest, and said: “A city the size of Elizabeth should not stand for fire engines standing at a railroad crossing, delayed because the gates are down, while flames are consuming some taxpayer’s home. That such conditions should exist is preposterous, and something should be done to eradicate the evil. We should bring the attention of the railroad superintendent to the matter in no uncertain terms. If necessary the officials of the road should issue orders to have approaching trains ‘braked’ in order to let our fire-fighting machines pass. This condition would be incurred but few times, I am sure, and would cause no interruption in the road’s system.” Commissioner Patterson’s motion was unanimously favored by his colleagues.