Fire News From Massachusetts.
Edward V. Stone, of engine company, Boston, has accepted the position of chief of the Ludlow fire department.—The sudden death is announced of Joshua Crooks, one of the last four surviving members of the original Barmcoat volunteer fire company of Boston. He was seventy-four years of age.—In the fall the common council of Boston will be asked to increase all the salaries in that city’s fire department. The present salaries are as follows: Chief, $4,000; deputy chief, $2,400; second deputy chief, $2,200; district chief, $2,000; captain, $t,6oo; lieutenant, $1,400; engineer, $1,300, and private, $1,200. There is no movement in the line of another day off; one day in every five is a perfectly satisfactory arrangement.—On May 25 Patrick J. Graham’s paper stock warehouse on Ewer street was burned. The building was 2-story about loo ft. by 50 ft. The fire was a very fierce one and kept the firemen hard at work for some hours, owing to the inflammable nature of its contents. The flames were well kept off from a large wooden stable distant only 5 ft. from the burning warehouse; but for some time it looked as if the whole structure must be destroyed. In it were stabled sixty horses, which were saved with great difficulty. In the course of the fight seven firemen were injured. When the flames were fiercest, the front wall of the building came down with a run, and a ladder on which the firemen were standing came down with it. They had a narrow escape from death. Two were so badly hurt that they were taken to the hospital; the others were sent home.— Chief B. Ernest Wilkes has been elected president of the Centre Abington Firemen’s Relief association and Sumner L. Deane, secretary. The association has nearly $600 in its treasury.— At the Chelsea conflagration the Malden fire department under Chief Turner saved the plants of the Standard Oil company, a box factory, a lumberyard and storage warehouse, and eight out of twenty-five buildings on Everett avenue. The department has received several checks in appreciation of its good work, and the men well deserved them, as they were uninterruptedly on duty for over nineteen hours and had their positions changed several times during that period. It may be added that the Standard Oil company’s check was for $50 only 1—’The new fire-alarm telegraph system now in use at Brockton has just beeti installed by the Gamewell company. It is of the most modern type. It combines a manual and automatic fire-alarm, and is arranged for twelve box-circuits, four tapper, and four bell-circuits. It will give quicker and better service getting the apparatus out in just half the time. As automatic, the alarm reaches the department very quickly and is received on the indicators and a small 6-in. gong and at the same time is passed through the fast and slow transmitter, where the number of the box is recorded and the time changed to slow. After the first round of the box bas gone out on fast time, this machine automatically transmits the signal to the gong and bell-circuits at the present speed of 2½ seconds between blows. The alarms are also recorded on taperegisters, and six or more can be received at once without any confus on resulting. Thus if a second fire or more should break out at the same time, there would be no trouble over locating them. The system is likewise arranged for a straight manual one, as it will be during the day time, when the superintendent or his assistants are on hand. The alarms will then come in on a small tap-bell and the recording registers mentioned above, at the same time lighting a red light on the operating board and controTing switches. When the first round has been received correctly, by moving one switch, the office can be instantly thrown into automatic and the second, third and fourth rounds go directly to the department, or, if any of the apparatus should be out of order, alarm can be sent either quick-time to the tappers and indicators, or slowtime to the large bells, by the use of the manual transmitter.—Ipswich has elected Augustus J. Barton chief of its fire department.—A chief’s gold badge has been presented to Chief Peter F. Graham of Methuen, by the members of company L, Eighth regiment M. V. M.—Swampscott has re-elected George P. Cahoon chief of its fire department and Gardner has done the same for George S. Hodgdon.—Melrose ought to have better firefighting equipment and firemen. At present there are only seven permanent and thirty-six call men. Two new hosehouses should also be built and equiped. A chemical engine and an alarm whistle would be a great help to the department. All the firemen, from Chief Joseph Edwards downwards, are well worth much better salaries.—Uxbridge has elected A. S. Allen as its fire chief; Billerica, George C. Crosby; North Easton, George Baldwin; Hopedale, Samuel E. Kellogg; Athol, Joseph A. Dunbar; Milford, Thomas F. Maher, re-elected.