EXHIBITION OF FIRE ALARM TELEGRAPH APPLIANCES
The Electrical exhibition at Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York, has closed; but a permanent exhibit of an important line of electrical apparatus has recently been opened at 19 Barclay street, Manhattan, in the new displayroom of the Gamewell Fire-Alarm Telegraph company. The executive and clerical offices of the company have been removed to the third floor—leaving the entire street-floor for an exhibition room. Here the company has installed a far more varied and complete exhibit of fire and police telegraph apparatus than it has ever been practicable to make at any of the World’s Fairs or convention of fire chiefs. In fire-alarm apparatus there artsamples of every type of box manufactured by the company, and, also, of all gongs, indicators and other alarm apparatus, ineluding a bell-striker and a steam whistle-blower operating an 8 in. chime-gong. The bell-striker is equiped with an automatic electric device for winding large striking machines for heavy hells. All of the apparatus is in circuit with a standard automatic repeater, and is operated through a 6circuit automatic storage battery board. All of the fire-alarm apparatus is so connected that the working of any piece can he shown separately or m any desired combination with others. There is a complete installation of the auxiliary firealarm system, showing both the plain auxiliary boxes and the new combination drill and auxiliary box, for use in schoolhouses, public institutions and large industrial plants. Although it is, of course, impossible to show a complete large city fire-alarm office, there is a .vdial, manual transmitter working through a standard enginehouse “joker” set. City officials or others desiring to see complete central office installations are referred to the Brooklyn or Newark offices, which are both conveniently near. There are, also, in this local exhibition many of the minor devices made by the company for the use of fire departments, such as stall-trips, automatic methods for lighting and extinguishing electric lamps, and clocks for recording the length of time that fire cornpanies are out of their houses. On one side of the exhibition room there is a complete exhibit of police telegraph systems of the most approved style and design, for both large and small cities. These exhibits show the standard boxes, central office and patrol wagon outfits, all connected as in actual use, and fully equiped with telephones, time-stamps, registers, and all of the switchboard and storage-battery devices required for the operation of the systems. In connection with the large city police telegraph equipment, there is shown the police auxiliary box for banks, and the system of sending out general calls from the central office for policemen to report at once at the box-stations. The signals are sent through bells on the box-posts for day use, and through red lights at night. This exhibit is extremely important to all who desire information in reference to fire and police signaling. All officials of fire and police departments and, generally, all who arc interested in forms of protection to life and property, as offered by the Gamewell company. are cordially invited to visit the exhibition room. Representatives of the company are always on hand to exhibit the apparatus, and answer all questions in reference to it. This exhibition has already attracted much attention from fire and police officials and from the engineers of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, and other insurance experts.
The New Orleans Times-Democrat, in commenting editorially on the costly annual firewaste in the United States says that the trouble “lies principally in the officials, who lack the desire or courage to pass the necessary laws to insure protection from fire. Our fire denartments. as a rule, are superioi to those of Europe. The fact that, in spite of this superiority, the fireloss in this country per caoita is five times as great as in Europe shows where the element of weakness lies—ineffective laws, or that great defect of our political system, the nonenforcement of necessary protective statutes.