FIRE PROTECTION AT NEOSHO.
Neosho, Mo., although not boasting a population of 4,000, has a fire area of 1,500 acres, and, as there are so many wooden buildings in the town, is, of course, exceedingly liable to outbreaks of fire. These, however, are not so numerous as might he expected; but, then, wooden roofs are not permitted; there is, also, a fireworks and combustibles’ ordinance; and the causes of all fires are strictly investigated. In this way undue risks and incendiarism are in great measure prevented. The lire department, under Chief John M. Sherwood is an efficient body of men. All its members are volunteers: but they are kept well in hand and are thoroughly drilled in firefighting as is shown by the fact that a loss of $4,000 in one year out of an insurance of $6,000 is considered heavy. The equipment consists of the following: Hook and ladder truck; hose carts, two; hose, cotton, rubber-lined, good, 1,200 feet, rubber, good, 750 feet—total, 1,950 feet. Possibly about 700 or 1,000 feet more would be a safer amount to carry. The alarm is bell and whistle. The value of the equipment is set down at $2,000; the expense of maintaining it, at $750 a year. There are about ninety hydrants set, and the fire pressure is sixty pounds.