THOUGH the pant year has not been an idle one for Chief Hale and his departmental Kansas City, Mo., they answered to 119 alarms less than in 1895—the total number being 645. The total loss was $153,883,84, showing a decrease of $518,147,05 on the former year. The total amount of insurance on property involved was $5,486,475— the above figures not including losses or insurance on fires outside the city. The average loss per fire was $242,71. Chief Hale’s showing is always a good one, and he is not slow to recognize the services rendered by his officers and men, whom he most heartily thanks


for the able and efficient manne in which they have executed their work and the personal interest they have displayed under all circumstances to protect the city against losses by fire. It is very gratifying to me (he adds! to be in command of a body of firemen who are so well d sciplincd and gentlemanly in their bearing, I am prompted to sty this for no other reason than my close observation of their strict and exemplary adheience to the rules governing the fire department.

The citizens of Kansas City as well as the firemen can turn Chief Hale’s words of commendation round to fit him in his turn. t hey know that in him they have an intelligent, skilful up to date fireman, who makes his influence felt in all that concerns his department, ami will be content with nothing but the best for his men The proof of this is the excellent style in which his fire houses a-e built. A cut of one of these accompanies this notice It is a model for cities of much greater size anti importance than Kansas City to follow. Independently of possessing the very latest improvements such as are met with in alt projierly equipped fire houses, its floors, sidewalks, and driveway arc in this instance constructed with I.aegcrdorfer I’ortland cement, imported for the purpose from Holstein, Germany.

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