FIRE NOTES FROM BOSTON.
A new fireboat is to be added to the fire department of Boston; fire stations are to be build at Forest Hills and Orient Heights, and engines 6 and 7 and ladder 1 are to be improved.—So far as is known, no other American fire department than that of Brookline has any Chinese in its ranks. Brookline has three of that nationality, and they are considered three of the best men. They are’ Lieutenant San Toy Pone, Hosemen Hop Loey Grath and Charlie Sing Cunning. —A serious fire took place on the afternoon of June 11, which destroyed the property of A. W. Hastings & Co., at 134 Friend street. The insurance loss was $37.000.—On June 17 the fire department was called out to 25 bell-alarm and two still. The previous record for that day was smashed.—Ladder company No. 1, whose house has been on Friend street for close on half a century, is one of the hardest worked companies in the department and has given two deputy chiefs, one district chief (the late John F. Eagan) and many captains and lieutenants to the service.—The mayor of the city, Fire Commissioner Wells, Chief Mullen and many other prominent citizens attended the funeral of Driver Cornelius H. Tagen, of engine company No. 14, who was mortally hurt while answering an alarm. A body of firemen, under Deputy Chief McDonough, a detail from the protective department, the entire crew of engine 14 headed the funeral possession, and as it passed house 14, on the way to All Saints’ church, Roxbury, the temporary crew were drawn up in line and stood with hared and lowered heads alongside of the apparatus in front while the house bell tolled, as was the case when the house of engine 42 and chemical 5 was passed. The burial was in Calvary cemetery.—Great preparations are being made for holding the firemen’s muster during the “Old Home Week” on July 30. Captain Samuel Abbott, jr., superintendent of the Boston protective department, is president-treasurer of the muster-committee and has his hands more than full.