EXHIBITS AND TESTS OF APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES.

EXHIBITS AND TESTS OF APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES.

The display of apparatus and supplies was probably the smallest seen at any previous convention. There are many reasons for this, the most important one being that the manufacturers find it more effective to invite delegates to their rooms at the hotel, where greater attention may be given to visitors and detailed particulars of the apparatus and appliances explained than would be possible in the public place set apart for the exhibits. Such attractive features of the conventions as large displays of fire supplies ought to IK* encouraged, and the directors might give particular attention to them both for the benefit of the association and their own satisfaction.

THE ROTARY HOSE DRIER.

The newest and most attractive exhibit was the Rotary fire hose drier shown by the Rotary I lose Drier company, of Lebanon, Pa., through its representative 1C. O. Hartman. This excellent appliance. created considerable interest, and it was general!.’ approved by those who saw it operated. It is a very ingenious invention, and is destined to become a valuable addition to the equipment of fire departments, on account of convenience and rapidity of drying hose. A full description of the drier was given in a recent issue of this journal.

MULTIPLE WOVEN HOSE.

1 he Multiple Woven Hose and Rubber company, of New York, exhibited a short length of its “BiMoore’’ alternate. Multiple woven cotton fire hose, by having it attached to the Nott engine during the engine test. The alternate weave being an innovation on the old methods of weaving cotton hose, attracted much attention. A description of this new brand o’ hose was given in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING of September 10.

MARVINS EMERGENCY HOSE-MENDER.

I he advantage of having on hand at a fire a means of at once mending a burst hose are obvious. The emergency fire hose-mender manufactured by J. B. Marvin, of Frankfort, I ml., supplies the need. It can IK* applied without difficulty to the hose at any time, even when under full fire pressure, by one man ami in a minute or two. It consists of a suitable casing adapted to be clamped on to the hose and containing in one side an orifice which may he left open while the hose-mender is being applied (thus allowing the escape of tin* water issuing from the hurst portion of the hose until the mender is securely affixed), and it is provided with a valve which may be closed after the mender is secured in positurn. A double link on one end, with a longer reach brings the hose down by a single operation, into its final position, after which the valve is closed as the hose-mender is secured firmly at both ends. The distinctive feature of this hose-mender is the open vent, which permits the water to escape, while the mender is being applied, then closed to complete the mending. The open vent is made entirely out of brass, and is always ready for action. The Emergency tire hose-mender occupies a field entirely of its own and tl»c prospects of its being speedily adopted, as it must I e when its good qualities are known, are exceedingly good,

SHOWING THE OPERATION OF CLOSING THE VALVE AFTER THE MARVIN MENDER HAS BEEN FIXED.

THE COMBINATION LADDER COMPANY,

of 32 Park place, New York city, and 366 Fountain street. Providence, R. I., was represented by the proprietor, C. N. Richardson, who was assisted by John A. McKay, manager of the New York office of the company. Its headquarters, exhibition and reception room was in the Read House. A number of the specialties manufactured by the company were displayed, and circulars and advertising matter of eerv description were given out. The company also on I hursday gae away 600 souvenir desk rules of a very I cautiful design and finish. Aside from manufacturing the Holloway type of chemical fire apparatus and all tire department supplies, the Combination Ladder company is Eastern agent of the Seaprave cotnnanv. of Columbus, Ohio, manufacturers of the trussed line of fire apparatus; also is New England agent of the Nott Steam Fire Engine company. Through both their hospitality and the lines of goods represented this company made a very strong and praiseworthy showing,

P. A. WOODHOUSE MANUFACTURING COMPANY.

This firm was represented by 1). A. Woodhouse, of New York. He exhibited the Russia Bolt life-saving net, with springs. The Woodhouse wire-cutters, Dewey expanders, Quick shut-off gates, Universal hydrant connections to take any size thread. Bresnan ball-bearing nozzles, automatic siamese, rein snaps and a large variety of other appliances which he controls.

THE GAM EWELL FIRE ALARM TELEGRAPH COMPANY.

Situated at the end of the exhibit hall, the above company had one of the finest fire alarm exhibits ever seen at these conventions. It comprised every conceivable appliance for fire alarm telegraphy of the present day. It was in full working order, and to the uninitiated proved a very interesting display. To the Gamewcll company may be given the credit for keeping abreast of the times, as in its modern boxes and storage battery any fire alarm system may he I rought up-to-date using these appliances. Lately the company has been installing its system in European countries and, in fact, everywhere that new and reliable fire alarm apparatus has been adopted.

SHOWING THE PROCESS OF CLAMPING THE MARVIN MENDER ON TO THE BURST HOSE

THE NOTT FIRE ENGINE COMPANY.

This company exhibited a second-size engine, which furnished power for some of the appliances tested, and it made the record below in its official trial:

I he following is the official report of the work done at Ninth and Market streets by an engine brought to Chattanooga for a demonstration before the fire chiefs:

Test of Second-Class Nott Fire Engine, No. 571, Chattanooga. Tenn., Sept. 14, 1904:

First Hun—Two 200-foot lines of 2%-lnch hose, l*4-inch nozzles—

* Coupling blew off. ** Blowing off steam. Test ended at 9:47:50.

Second Hun—Two 200-foot lines siamesed into 1½ inch turret nozzle—

Test ended at 9:59:30. Blow off steam before end of run.

Third Run—Same lines as second run, 1%-inch nozzle—

* Blowing off steam.

Test ended at 10:0:40. Steam blew off 10 seconds after test ended.

Test ended at 11:13:15.

Engine run and fired by employes of the Nott Fire Engine company. Engine gauges used without correction. Boiler raised 1 2-3 gauges cold water to steam at 140 pounds in 6 minutes 52 seconds.

AMERICAN-LA FRANCE APPARATUS.

The American-La France Fire Engine company exhibited an American-La France city aerial truck, the Champion water tower and the boiler and works of a Metropolitan steamer. The aerial truck was tested as to speed in extending, raising, lowering and turning its sixty-foot extension ladder, on all of which points it acted with great speed, rigidity and ease of handling. In construction the truck is simple, light, and contains the best materials and modern appliances which make it as effective and serviceable a piece of fire apparatus as it is possible to construct. The water tower made by this company is well known to those interested in the fire service of the world. It was exhibited in London and Paris, and its operation was witnessed by the engineers of the principal fire departments abroad, who recognised its great merits as a powerful fire-extinguisher. The tower tested at Chattanooga was the one built for Atlanta. It was of the regular standard make, sixtyfive-foot extension. The splendid piece of apparatus stood the tests applied to it without a hitch. Its fast elevation by hydraulic pressure and its ease of directing its powerful stream in a variety of ways proved it to be a most effective and reliable fireextinguishing machine. The parts of the Metropolitan steamer shown in the exhibit hall attracted considerable attention. The merits of the Fox boiler and machinery of the engine were fully explained by Andrew Jersey, representative of the company, who kept a large crowd constantly interested.

THE LARKIN MANUFACTURING COMPANY.

This enterprising concern was represented by M. D. Larkin, of Dayton, Ohio. Among the fire specialties exhibited were the following: The Larkin shut-off nozzle and Larkin chemical nozzle. These contain new and distinctive features’of their own shutting off under pressure without any effort and producing a perfect steam with minimum friction. They are guaranteed not to leak, and are tested up to 250pounds pressure. These nozzles arc in use in. 200 fire departments, and are sent on trial free for thirty days. The other fire appliances exhibited by this company were fine samples of their special kind, both as regards material and workmanship. It will well repay those interested to procure descriptions of the Larkin goods.

SAMUEL EASTMAN AND COMPANY.

Cyrus Robinson, of this company, showed a fine display of Deluge sets, pipes, nozzles, holders and other fire appliances for the manufacture of which his firm is noted and at the tests on Wednesday a very successful demonstration of the Eastman new nozzle system was given. It was a practical illustration of the large, solid, long distance streams which may be produced by this system. In this test with a three-way Siamese connection and the pressure furnished by a third-size steamer, a splendid stream was thrown vertically and horizontally, fully corroborative of the claims made for the Eastman Deluge set of being able to throw more water effectively a greater distance, with less steam and water pressure, than that of any other system at present known.

FABRIC FIRE HOSE COMPANY.

In a conspicuous place in the. exhibit room Milton H. Hart, representative of this company, made a fine display of the goods it manufactures. Samples of wax and gum-treated, balanced, woven fire hose; the Hart ladder pipe, cellar-pipe, nozzles, play-pipes and other modern fire tools were arranged in a very attractive manner, and their merits were explained by the big, affable and successful salesman “Milt,” who was kept busy making notes in his order book.

THE NEW YORK COUPLING AND SUPPLY COMPANY.

Mr. J. J. Finerty, manager, accompanied by Miss Finerty, secretary of the company, were present. The Swift nozzle, which is owned and made by this company, has proved a very good fire tool, and it is doing excellent service in a number of fire departments. Tn addition to the Swift nozzle, the company manufactures all classes of pipes, couplings and brass goods at its works, 59 Ann street, New York.

THE SEAGRAVE COMPANY.

The apparatus made by this company at Columbus, Ohio, has acquired a well deserved reputation for reliability. C. W. Black, secretary and treasurer of the company, and C. N. Richardson, its Eastern representative, looked after its interests. The company constructs trussed hook and ladder trucks, combination ladder and hose wagons and all classes of apparatus. The Scagrave truck is in service in a large number of cities where it is giving great satisfaction.

THE GLAZIER NOZZLE. ,

This modern appliance sustained the reputation it has already gained for stability and capacity to throw large streams with steamer pressure. Attached to a hose wagon this nozzle showed how it can be operated through a three-way Siamese connection with remarkable results. It is easily handled and made to change the stream instantly in any desired direction.

Other exhibitors were the Globe Manufacturing company. Pittsfield, X. 11. ‘This firm was represented by C. H. Freese, who gave a very successful exhibition of the waterproof garments made by his company. During the nozzle tests he stood clad in a uniform and withstood the deluge of water thrown upon him without any apparent effect from the water.

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