FIRE-HORSES SMELL SMOKE
Interest was recently expressed by members of the fire department over a dispatch from London saying that a controversy had been started there over the question as to whether fire-horses could smell the smoke of a fire at a distance. While some firemen were disposed to ridicule the idea, others admitted that there was probably a certain element of truth in it. “Not that that is so wonderful, though.” said a veteran captain of a New York city engine company. “Any animal can smell smoke or fire within a couple of hundred yards, and all horses, when they realise that the end of their run is near, can sprint a hit faster. That, I think, is the explanation of the story that they find fires by the odor of the smoke. To a certain extent the theory is all right; but beyond what I have told you it is exaggerated.” There can be no doubt, however, that the horses increase their speed as soon as ever they come in sight of the flames or the smoke from a fire.