Entertaining Visitors.

Entertaining Visitors.

The Commercial Club of Boston visited Chicago last week, and were shown the “Elephant” by prominent citizens of that city. Among other astonishers to which they were treated was an exhibition of the workings of the Fire Department. A fire-box on the corner of Jackson and La Salle streets was manipulated, and in the course of a few minutes the streets in the immediate vicinity of the Grand Pacific Hotel were filled with fire-engines, hose-carts, hook and ladder trucks, and firemen. Among the machines was the self-propeller, No. io, which came puffing up in its demonstrative fashion, in an incredibly short space of time after the signal had been given. This was a novelty to the visitors, who expressed unbounded admiration of the mechanical monster. Two engines were set to work, Sireams were thrown horizontally and to the roof of the hotel, and all with exhibition speed. Then ladders were raised and climbed and lowered and packed up. The display was directed by Marshal Benner, and was as satisfactory to him as it was gratifying to the Bostonians who congratulated the city officials on the activity and efficiency of the department. The exhibition given by the Fire Insurance Patrol was a brilliant success, as the time taken from a stop-watch in the hands of M. D. Wells sufficiently indicates. At the first trial, with the horses standing in the stalls, it took three seconds to get the horses hitched, the driver in his seat, and the wagon moving. Horses standing at the pole and men at their places, a quarter of a second ; on the second trial Mr. Wells could not. catch the time At all. With the horses in the stalls and some of the men up stairs, six seconds only elapsed from the striking of the gong until the wagon was in the street.

RICHMOND’S Firemen.—On Saturday information was lodged at Company F’s enginehouse to the effect that a building near the corner of Twenty ninth and Broad streets was on fire. Without giving an alarm, the hosecarriage and truck was sent around and the fire promptly put out, with a damage of about $25Of late it has been particularly noticeable that the members of the department have taken an individual interest in putting out fires without giving alarms. They seem to feel, each one of them, that it devolves upon them to discharge their duty to the city in this way with more promptness; and such interest and efforts are deserving of the highest commendation. In this connection it maybe stated that, so far, the loss this year from fires has been only about $10,000.—Richmond Dispatch.

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