FIRE DEPARTMENTS NEWS
—The glorious Fourth falls this year on Friday, and Saturday is also to be observed as a holiday by the compositors and pressmen. We are therefore obliged to go to press on Thursday without the latest news of the week. It will appear, however, in our next issue.
—The Perfect Fire Extinguisher and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Mo., is arranging to open an office in New York for the transaction of Eastern business.
—The Great Western Oil Company is endeavoring to estab lish a plant at Davenport, la., at a spot which the water-works company considers dangerously near its works, and the latter company is protesting vigorously. It is pointed out that in case of a fire at the oil works the water-works would be endangered and the city liable to have its water supply cut off.
—Chief Engineer Henry Heinmiller of the Columbus (O.) Fire Department has drawn up a new set of rules for the government of the department.
—One of the new style hose wagons has been assigned to No. 4 Engine Company, New York city, in place of the old reel. It carries 1250 feet of hose.
—San Francisco has received, tested and accepted her new Hale water tower recently described and illustrated in FIRE AND WATER.
—The town board of Cozad, Neb., has ordered a fire apparatus to cost $1000.
—A reward of $500 is offered for the detection of the incendiary who recently burned the James S. Allen factory at Brockton, Mass.
—There is a movement on foot among the employees to get the commissioners to give them a vacation this summer. They say they arc as much entitled to one as the police who get more pay and time to themselves in a year. The employees should be given a vacation of at least ten days. There should also be an extra man in the department like police supernumeraries, who could relieve the regulars when they wanted to take a day. Such things are done in other cities, and why not in Troy ? Let the commissioners by all means grant the boys a vacation this, summer, for they are certainly worthy of it.— Troy Observer.
—Chief Engineer Morris Meyers of the fire department of Danbury, Conn., reports for the year ending June 15 fortyseven alarms of fire. The department consists of a chief and an assistant chief, 30 paid men and 110 volunteers, with two hose wagons, one steamer, one hook and ladder truck, four hose carriages, two jumpers and 550c feet of good hose. The chief recommends an increase in salaries, the building of a new engine-house, and exchanging the present truck for a lighter one.
—We have to thank Chief J. W. Dickinson of the Cleveland (O.) Fire Department for a copy of his latest report.
—Chief Hendrick of the New Haven Fire Department issued a general order directing various additional precautions to be observed July 4. No leaves of absence will be granted to permanent men between the mornings of July 3 and 5.
—A large number of business houses at Troy, Ala., were burned on Monday, with a loss of $100.oco; Rahway, N. J., also had a $100,000 blaze in a paper factory, and at Elmira, N. Y., a large hardware house was burned through the ignition of some Japan dye from a broken lantern, the resulting loss being between $100,000 and $150,000.
—At the annual meeting of the Worcester (Mass.) Protective Department last week Captain Williamson reported for the year ending June 1 192 fires and alarms. Of this number 13 occurred in June, 12 in July, 9 in August, 14 in September, 12 in October, II in November, 19 in December, 23 in January, 14 in February, 16 in March, 33 in April, 16 in May. The amount of insurance involved for the year ending June 1, 1890, was $445,553; total loss, $147,571.36. The loss sustained by the insurance companies was $82,401.53.
—The twenty-fourth New England Veteran Firemen’s Association has been organized at Natick, Mass., with Geo. E. Franklin, president, and John H. Coolidge, secretary.
—Can it be that the fire commissioners are holding off from appointing a chief engineer of the department on an economical standpoint ? Oris it from pure cussedness? .More likely the latter. It is a matter that should at once be decided.— Troy Observer.
—Walter H. Muchmore, fire and waler commissioner of Long Island City, N. Y., has been appointed temporary chief engineer of the fire department in place of Chief Sullivan, suspended.
—A correspondent of FIRE AND WATER writes that the wooden ware factory at Clarion, Mich., which was destroyed by fire on the 18th ult., was uninsured, while the loss was $30,000. Our correspondent remarks that had there been only a hand engine in the town the property would have been saved. Now perhaps Clarion may awake to the necessity of providing fire apparatus.
— Gas escaping from an oil tank at the Standard Oil Company’s works at Louisville, Ky., on Sunday became ignited and caused a fierce fire. A number of tanks exploded, and the flames spread over about five acres of the yards, etc. Seven persons were injured, several fatally, and about $40,000 worth of property was destroyed.
—The lynch law practiced in Chinese villages is very severe upon incendiaries. Recently a man was caught running away from a burning building, near Nigpo. and in the minds of the villagers there seemed no doubt that they had caught an incendiary red-handed. His appeals for justice or mercy met with no response; they tied him hand and foot with straw ropes, poured lamp oil on the poor wretch, and hurled him into the burning mass, where death after some minutes put an end to his terrible sufferings.
—Firebugs have been operating in Cumberland County, Pa.
—Two new two-thousand-gallon Clapp & Jones engines were expected in Boston yesterday.
—If councils desire to keep informed on all matters pertaining to fire, water and municipal matters after the most advanced and perfected methods it should subscribe for FIRE AND WATER, two copies, one for common and the other for select councils. The knowledge contained in it would be of incalculable value to our city fathers and might aid them out of many dilemmas. It is published at No. 14 Cortlandt street, New York.— Altoona Graphic News.
—Leaves in the Newark (N. J.) Fire Department were stopped on Tuesday last and will not be resumed until Monday
—The Esek Bussey Fire Company of Troy, N. Y.. has been officially re-organized as a part of the city fire department. E. S. Chapin is captain of the company and Esek Bussey, president.
—“ When a flour mill gets on fire,” says John Lindsay, chief of the St. Louis Fire Deppartment, in a Globe-Democrat interview, “the department is satisfied to save the adjacent property. There is nothing outside of a powder mill or paint shop that is as combustible as a flour mill. I have heard a great deal about the explosive nature of flour dust, but I know nothing on the subject. My own idea of the reasons why a flour mill burns like a bonfire is that it is built of wood in the first place, and that every part is connected by conveyers, flues, elevators, etc. Start a fire in any portion of a mill and within five minutes the whole structure is in flames. The department never did save but one mill. In that case the fire commenced on an upper floor, and we kept it there.”
—Seventy houses have been destroyed by fire in Oldenburg. Germany.
—At Louisville, Ky., the contracts for building the new No. 2 and No. 4 engine-houses have been awarded, and work upon them will begin at once.
—A fire engine-house is to be built at Mount Joy, Lancaster county, Pa.
—The steamer Paoching, Captain Place, which left Shanghai, China, for Hankow, was burned near the Forked Tree on Tangtze River, May 28, and Captain Place, Second Engineer Wilson and some twenty natives were missing and supposed to have perished.
—The board of public works of Kansas City, Mo., has been making a thorough examination of the different fire stations with a view to providing more adequate protection from fire as urged by Chief Hale.
—The fire department committee at La Fayette, Ind., recommends that the chemical engine (not now in use) and the hook and ladder truck be put in service in the business sec-
—At Bangor, Me., Harry McLaughlin offers a reward of $250 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who set the fire in the oil tanks at High Head, June 11.
—The Volunteer Firemen’s Association of New York will take, on its visit to the Watertown convention, the double deck engine Volunteer. One hundred and eighty members will attend.
—Says The New York Sunday Mercury: “ The fire commissioners arc very much exercised at present over subway matters. They do not like the style in which they are being dictated to by the Consolidated Telegraph and Electrical Subway Company, which corporation has taken upon itself to decide just how much of the subway is needed for fire purposes, and has assigned to the fire department one duct in the subway. The fire commissioners are making a vigorous protest on account of the same duct also having been assigned to the police department. In other words, both the fire and police department have to use the same duct, which will hamper both depart-
— It has been over three years since Foreman McLaughlin of the New York fire department has had any of his men up on trial.
— It has not yet been decided by the New York fire commissioners to whom to award the Bennett and Stephenson medals this year.
—The New York fire commissioners have received a communication from Dr. Truman Nichols, of No. 207 East Broadway, thanking the officers and members of engine company No. 15 for the neat and swift manner in which they extinguished a fire in his house on the 20th ult.
—The new rules for the New York fire department have gone into effect.
—At a meeting of the Brooklyn Board of Estimate held on Wednesday, June 25, the county budget for next year was considered at some length. The Board told Justice Courtney, who was present in behalf of the volunteer firemen’s fund, that they would take into consideration a proposition to insert $10,000 in the budget for the fund. A recently enacted law allows the city to give to the fund $10,000, of which fifty per cent goes to the Western District Exempts, forty per cent to Eastern District Exempts, and ten per cent to the Exempts of New Lots.
—At the last meeting of the Volunteer and Exempt Firemen’s Association of the Eastern District of Brooklyn, the following officers were elected for the term of six months : President, C. C. Macray; vice-president, Edward Murray; rec. secretary, Louis Clausen; fin. secretary, Harry Van Horn; treasurer, John Kahler; sergeant at-arms, John Clausen.
—A fire company has been organized in the lower section of Amityville, L. I. It is proposed to purchase a hook and ladder truck. This will make the second fire company in that place
—The Meriden (Conn.) Journal says: “ The big bell that is depended upon in Meriden to call out the fire department is a delusion and a snare. Even in the stillness of night it cannot be heard half the time, while in the day season, as was shown on two occasions last week, firemen on Colony street near the post-office did not hear a stroke of the noon alarm. Is it fair, under such circumstances, to fine the men for failing to attend the fire? What is wanted is either a new alarm bell or a new alarm system.”
—A $200,000 fire is reported from Port Louis, Guadaloupe. The principal buildings in the place were destroyed.
—A dispatch from Portland, Ore., dated July 1, says: “ News has just reached here that a disastrous fire is raging in Seattle and the Tacoma fire department had been called upon for aid. The fire is in the business portion of the city, and i* is stated that at least a dozen buildings have already burned, but that hopes are entertained of checking the flames.”
—The Homemaker for July appears as a regular Independence Day number, the special features being a story, “ Honor and the Fourth,” by Harriet Prescott Spofford, and a pleasantly written historical sketch of “ Martha, the Wife of Washington,” by James Power Smith, D.D. Other contributions to this number are Frank Dempster Sherman, J. Milner Fothergill, M.D., Henry Tyrrell, Hester M. Poole. The illustrations, as usual, are excellent. It is published by the Homemaker Company, 44 East Fourteenth street, New York.
—At Spring City, Pa., the other day the Silsby steam fire engine lifted water twenty-seven feet seven inches vertically, and threw a fine fire stream.
—The June fire loss in the United States and Canada will, the Commercial Bulletin estimates, not exceed $5,500,000, about $2,000,000 less than in June, 1889. It puts the loss for the first half of 1890 at $48,000,000, against $64,286,000 for the same period in 1889, $67,280,850 in 1888, and $62,921,600 in 1887.
—A hose company will be organized at Newcastle, Col.
—Our correspondent at Wilmington, Del., writes us that the department is in excellent shape and the work it has accomplished during the past yeat shows the fine discipline that prevails among its members. There was an election of officers recently, when the following were elected for two years from June 1 : Chief engineer, Edward A. Robinson; first assistant engineer, James F. Kane, and second assistant engineer, William T. Green. The fire record for the month of June was very small. There were six alarms, and the damage from fire will not exceed $1000. This is a highly creditable showing, upon which FIRE AND WATER congratulates the department. The new officers arc all competent men and very popular in the service.