Fire Alarm Superintendent Killed.
Stanley W. Manning, superintendent of fire alarm telegraph at St. Paul, Minn., was found dead at the base of an electric pole in the state fair grounds on the 18th July. Mr. Manning had been the department’s superintendent for six years and was a most careful and competent official. He reported for duty as usual on the morning of the accident and immediately started for the fair grounds, where crossed wires were reported. Mr. Manning was heard from at 9.30 a. m., and not after that until his body was found by Chief Strapp, after a search in the place where he was at work. Mr. Manning’s death was caused by 2,300 volts. The high tension wires are so highly charged to run the machinery and light the grounds during the week of the state fair and the voltage is not reduced the year around, as there always is considerable lighting to do. The superintendent fell about twenty-five feet from the pole and he met death shortly after testing the No. 11 signal, as rigor mortis had long been developed when the body was found. The deceased leaves a widow and family to mourn his untimely end.
Mayor Gaynor, of New York, has disapproved the McManus-Herrick bill providing for the establishment of a bureau of fire prevention in New York City in connection with the fire department. This bill was prepared by a commission of experts to prevent another fire catastrophe similar to that in the Asch building last spring.