FIRE SERVICE EXHIBITS AT CINCINNATI.

FIRE SERVICE EXHIBITS AT CINCINNATI.

At the Cincinnati Centennial Exhibition now in progress, according to a local paper, one of the interesting features is the department devoted to the display of the Old Volunteer Firemen’s Association, which, it says, as much as anything else shows the growth of Cincinnati within the past five decades. “The queer-looking old handengines, on the sides of which the old red-helmeted firemen used to stand and pump industriously during a fire, were shown yesterday to the youngsters, whose only idea of a fire engine is that of the magnificent machines which they see these days pulled through the streets by teams of handsome horses, leaving a trail of smoke and sparks in their rear. The first fire alarm used in the city is shown in sharp contrast with the complex system of telegraphs and telephones and automatic alarms in use to-day. The old alarm that used to call out the volunteer firemen is a great cylinder, the ends ol which are covered with skin. Some strong-armed fireman used to pound this queer old alarm drum, which was set up on the levee, with a great big drum-stick. Its rolling tones soon brought all the old firemen to their rendezvous, and from thence they set out to the fire in the little city. A section of the wooden water pipe which used to serve as water mains away back in the early part of this century is also shown by the firemen.”

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