HAMILTON WELL GUARDED.
During 1901 the fire department of Hamilton, Out., answered 226 alarms-twenty-eight from street signal boxes, 159 telephone calls, and thirty-nine still. Of these 111 were for fires of a more or less serious nature. In twenty-nine cases no claim on the insurance companies was made for loss sustained byfire or water; forty-five were where the claim for loss was less than $100; seventeen from $100 to $300; seven, $300 to $600; two, $900 to $1,000; four, $1,000 to 4,000; two $5,000 to $7,000; one, $14.378; one, $15,935; one, $18,826; one, $34,112; one, $38,918. The total loss by fire and water for the year 1901 was $155,660.77 ; total insurance on property endangered, $1,264,300; insurance paid on property damaged or destroyed, $143,746-35; amount of loss on property not covered by insurance, $11,014.42; insurance over loss on property insured, $1,120,553.65; number of-Tires in frame structures, thirtyfour; in stone structures, six; in brick structures, thirtysix; in roughcast structures, two; in iron structures, one; total number of fires where claims were made for loss, eighty-two; number of calls for help outside the city, five; rubbish fires, elven; chimney fires, twenty-two; number of fires caused by firecrackers and fireworks, one; fires caused by hot ashes, three; children and matches, twenty-one; carelessness, nineteen; unnecessary alarms, twentytwo. The population of the city is 53.000: fire area, 3.990 acres; mercantile buildings, brick and stone, three to six stories; private, frame, brick, and stone, one to three stories; number of structures in city, 7,407 brick, 500 stone, 4.794 wood; wooden roofs are permitted and there is a fireworks ordinance. The fire department equipment is as follows: One steam fire engine; two combination chemical engines and hose wagons; six chemical extinguishers; one hook and ladder truck; four hose wagons and one supply. Apparatus in reserve: One aerial truck (Hayes) , one combination chemical engine and hose wagon; one hand fire engine: one seventy-foot extension ladder on wheels ( Merry weather ) • hose (cotton). 11.000 feet good. 1.500 feet inferior; horses, nineteen. value $2,500; value of fire department equipment, $35,000; value of buildings occupied, $30,000; total annual expenses of department. $38,000; total membership, fortv-six: paid full time, forty-six, electric alarm; thirty-two street boxes. The officers of the department are as follows: Chief A. W. Aitchison (who also superintends the fire alarm telegraph), foreman of department, A. B. Ten Eyck: sub-foreman. W. T. James. Theodore Smith, hoseman, was killed durinig the year while answering a call, the hose wagon coming into collision with a street car. Chief Aitchison has been the very efficient head of the department for twenty-two vears. during which the total fire loss has been $1,296,802 (insured for $7,576,968.74), for 3.421 alarms-an average of 156 alarms yearly. with average yearly loss of $58,945-59! average yearly insurance. $344.407-67-a very good showing for the department.
The Norwalk. Conn., city council has authorised Mayor Buxton to call a special city meeting, the notice of which is to be broad enough for the city to purchase horses for the fire department, remode the fire houses, so as to accommodate them, build a new fire house, make the department a paid one, or to do anything the city shall deem proper in the matter.