FIRE NOTES FROM BOSTON.

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.

FIRE NOTES FROM BOSTON.

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FIRE NOTES FROM BOSTON.

Correspondence of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING.

BOSTON, April 2, 1907.

On April 30 the term of Fire Commissioner Benjamin Wells, of Boston, expires. He was appointed on March 20, 1905, to fill out the unexpired term of the late Henry S. Russell.— Capt. Wm. Brophy, the other day before a committee of the Massachusetts legislature declared emphatically that the great reason why the Boston fire department stood so high in the eyes of the world was that the “politicians cannot touch it in any way.”—Fire Commissioner Wells said the other day that, if he had handled the fire department of Boston successfully, it was due in great measure to the “magnificent support given him by Chief Mullen and his subordinates.” —Boston has awarded a contract to the American-La France Engine company for a secondsize Metropolitan steam tire engine and for the rebuilding of a Clapp and Jones steamer.— Between midnights on March 22 and March 23, twenty-one alarms of fire were turned in at Boston—emulating and anticipating the “glorious Fourth.”—Three three-alarm fires in the same building on llanover street within a few months should be regarded as a “genteel sufficiency.”— Fire Commissioner Wells believes that hardly one person in ten knows how to turn in a firealarm properly. Certainly not one in ten of the visitors to his office does. He experiments upon them with a fire-box he has installed there.— Of the four men that make up the crew of chemical engine company No. 2 three are telegraph operators; one combines in his own person the qualifications of a licensed engineer and a chauffeur; three are telegraph operators; all four are drivers.