fRANDOM SPARKS

fRANDOM SPARKS

—The tenth annual dance of Eagle Hose Company, Ansonia, Conn., will take place on February 7.

—William Hamilton was jailed at Jackson, Mich., for yelling “fire!” when the e was no fire. Served him right.

— Several letters received from our esteemed correspondents will have to remain imprinted until next week. They are all in type, and will appear in due time if not Sooner.

—Union Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1, of Natick, Mass., will give its animal ball on the night of February 3. Vi-iting Firemen wi 1 be given a breakfast the fol owing morning “free gratis for nothing.”

—The r.ew Steam Engire recently purchased by Ishpeming, Mich., has been named J. 1’ Outhwaite, in h norot the Mayor. Ishpeming has just appropriated $50,000 for the erection of water-works the coming summer.

— Chief Sw nie, of Chicago, and the members of his Department have been in vited to p r icipate in the forty-second anniversary and annual parade of the New Orleans Fire Department, which oc urs on the fourth of n> xt March.

—At D irango, Col., the ntw central fire station and city hall will be completed this in nth at a cost of $4232. It is of brick, two stoiies high, and will contain the Steamer, Hook and Ladd’, r Truck and Ho e reel on the lower floor, with a room twenty-three fee’ by fift> on the second floor.

—Those who have been bettered in material proporty through the recent destruction of the RingThea’re in Vienna are legion. A considerable 1 umber have come in o large fortunes. A y ung lady who is a novice in a convent in Galicia, has inherited, through the fire, about two millions of francs.

—Dan Ed on of Warrensburg, Pa., was a terrible blasphemer. A horse kicked him in a barn the other day, and his ej aculations were uncommonly prolonged Mid violent. Then flames broke out among the hay, and the building was destroyed. There is no convm ing the neighbors that Dan’s sulphurous language did not kindle the fire.

—I^ewiston, Me., is another place where the erection of an electric fire alarm has proved profitable. Runs have been cut down fifty per cent. The Firemen will work this year with renewed energy, their salaries having been increased by the city without solicitation. The Chief of Department will receive $250; Assistant, $40; Engineers, $800; Firemen, $85; Foremen, $60; Hosernen, $50.

—Knicke.bo.ker S earner Company of Waterford, N. Y., has elected the following offi ers f r 1882 : President, Stephen V. Lewis; Vice President, Nelson Batt ; Captain, George H. Curtis; First As ustant, Thomas A. Keane; Second Assistant, William H. Nealer ; Secretary, Frank E. Stiles; Assistant Secretary,.Will F. Holroyd ; Treasure r, John E. Gage ; Steward, John Lewis. The Treasurer’s report shows a balance on hand of $40.

—One ol the principal morning journals of Paris recently contained an article three columns long on the new Fire Engines and s’ations in the city, and asserted that Paris would hencefor h be far better equipped than any English or American city with precautions against conflagration. But on the evening previous to the production of this article a fire occurred, and although one Steam Fire Engine reached the scene promptly enough, it did not begin playing for one hour. Nobody knew, it seems, where the fire plug was, and the Firemen were rushing insane1> about the streets in search of water.

—Pamito was lately burned to death by a fire which destroyed his wigwam in Canada. He was a very old Indian. He had in his day been a noted conjurer. His people firmly believed that he possessed supernatural powers, and he abused their faith in the worst ways, killing those who off nded him, and exacting heavy tribute. But a mission was established in the neighborhood a few years ago, and his dupes were slowly made to discredit his necromancy. When the fear of him was removed hatred became dominant, a d latterly he dared not s’ir abroad for fear vengeance would be wreaked on him. The fl imes in which he perished are supposed to have been started by an inceudiary.

—The families Garrett and Walton were near neighbors in the rural districts of Indiana. Mr. Garrett and Mistress Walton were on intimate terms—too intimate terms in fact. A servant in the Walton family was believed to know too much of the intimacy, and two years ago she was mysteriously burned to death by falling in the fire-place. There are hints now that this death has a connection wi h the present crime. There was a house occupied by a tenant of the Walton’s, situated near a copse, where Garret and the women frequently met. This building was burned down, and, it is now known, was done at the instigation of Garrett, or Mrs. Walton, or both. One night last week a negro, a thick-headed, stupid, superstitious fellow, crawled up to the window of Walton’s house, and shot Walton in the

back of the head with a load of slugs, while the wife was in the kitchen. Walton lingered for two days and died. Frazier had been a work-hand for Walton, and wasat once arrested for the de-*d, which he confess d, saying that he had been hired by Garrett, who for yea’s had pressed him with the suggestion ol the murder, and so overcame him with threats that he finally cons-Med. Mrs. Walton, he said, made the arrangements as to having her husband in a certain position in the sitting-room, and the shutters open so as to nftord access for the assassin. G rrett and the woman were at once placed under arrest, when G rrett att mpted to shoot himself, but did not inflict a fat 1 wound. Mrs. Wai on’s mother was so overcome with shame and grief that she cut her throat.

—The Mayor of Reading, Pa., in his annual message, says: ‘1 he city has reason to be proud of its excellent and splendidly equipped Fire Department. The annual repert of Chief Engineer Howard F. Boyer shows 1h.1t, wh le there were fortynine fire alarms during the past year, the total loss by the destruc ion of property amounted to but $21,343, or less than fifty cents toeaih inhabitant. So prompt were the Firemen in responding to alarms that in fifteen easns the flames were extinguished before a dollar’s damage had bem done. The eivire co tot the Department was $17,237. Councils should encourage the excellent orgai iza ion and superior discipline of the Fire Department by such liber 1 appropriations as will continue to maintain the proud distinction which the Reading D-partment has acquired of being in the float rank cf the Fire Departm nts of Pennsylvania.

—It has been proved that “ to set the Thames on fire ” is by no means beyond the range of practical possibilities. A warehouse ct maili ng three thousand casks of petroleum caught fire. About eight hundred casks were removed. The rest burned or burst. The contents of the latter filled the gutters and fl aided thedra ns with a river of fire, which every now and then burst up fr >m the sewer traps to the no small consternation of the inhabitants. According to the la est accounts the oil still seems to be burning, but it is draining oft into the river, whtre the quantity of oil is not sufficient to blaze on the surf ice of the wate’. But given a sufficient quantity of petroleum, and the Thames could be set on fire in good earnest, as the oil would float and burn. Pumping water on a petroleum fire, unless in enormous quantities only increises the mischief, for it carries the flaming liquid more rapidly on its mission of destruction. A few moic fires like that, and everyone w ill be demanding that the new Russian invention shall be universilly employed, by which petroleum is converted into solid waxy subuance dissoluble in vinegar, which will not explode and melts as slowly and fully as safely as tallow

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