Fire Inspection at Morristown
Morristown, N. J., was given over to the volunteer firemen one day last week, the occasion being the annual inspection, which was marked by the first appearance of the new Robinson motor apparatus. The pumping engine for Humane Steamer Company arrived here late in the morning. First on the program of the day was the inspection by the members of the board of aldermen, who visited the houses in automobiles. Then came a parade, in which 155 men and two bands participated, besides the apparatus. In line was “Tom,” one of the old fire horses, now 24 years old, who was on duty here for 10 years. Humane steamer, in addition to the new pumping engine, had the old steamer and horse-drawn hose wagon in line. After the parade the members of Independent Hose Company brought out the old hand-drawn, hand-power pump, the oldest piece of apparatus here, and drew it around the park. A fire of boxes was kindled and a general alarm sounded. This brought all the pieces of apparatus. 1 he chemical engine extinguished the fire, while members of Resolute Hook and Ladder Company raised an extension ladder on the Babbitt building. Meanwhile the two engine companies and the hose company laid lines of hose and soon there were eight streams playing on the park, three from the Robinson pumping engine, three from the Washington steam fire engine and two from the Humane steamer, which was started with cold water in the boiler.
The new Robinson pumping engine was housed in the house of Humane steamer after the tests, and later the companies dined. The members of the Independent Hose had a collation in the hoseltouse; Washington Engine Company members went to Pipers’ hotel for dinner; the First Ward Company had a dinner at the Washington hotel, and Resolute Hook and Ladder Company dined at Day’s. The Humane Steamer Company bad an entertainment in Washington Hall at night, followed by refreshments and dancing. An interesting feature of the parade was the presence of the Scottish Highlanders’ Band of York, with their bag pipes and base drummer. After the marching was over the band gave an exhibition of the Higland fling in the park, before a large audience.