EXPERIENCES OF A FIRE CHAPLAIN.
The Rev. Charles T. Walkley. rector of Grace church, Orange, N. J., and former chaplain of the New York city fire department, in a recent talk before a men’s club in that city gave an account of some of his experiences in the fire department. Among his incidental remarks was one to the effect that, in one respect, it is just as well that the Raines excise law in New York city is not strictly lived up to, for the reason that the saloons and hotel barrooms were about the only available refuges for those injured and overcome in Sunday fires, and, furthermore, they are the only places where milk can be procured on Sunday. This he thought an important consideration, as milk is looked upon as a most efficacious antidote for an overdose of smoke. The speaker states that the duties of a fire chaplain range anywhere from the rescue of imperiled persons to the identification of corpses, ministration to the injured, performing of marriages of men in the department and clirist ening of their children, breaking news of the death of firemen to their families and holding services in the firehouses. 1 lie thrilling story of the Park Avenue hotel lire was told by Air. Walkley, who narrated how he had rescued two priests from the burning building, and. later, how he had identified the body of Mrs. J. I’.lien Foster, the “Tombs Angel,” who lost her life there. Mr. Walkley paid a very high tribute to the men of the department.