The social surroundings of Firemen unquestionably have a wonderful effect upon their morals and their habits. It would be a profitable investment for every city to see that the men who serve the public so faithfully are as comfortably provided for as are those of Hoboken who occupy the quarters described herewith:

Washington Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1, from whose rolls many a wearer of the white cap has been chosen, is located on the main street— Washington. It is an unpretentious building, resembling some country town hall. Through its ground glass latticed door windows a soft light greets the approaching visitor, and scarcely does his hand touch the knob than “ open Sesame,” and a hearty welcome is extended. The apparatus, resplendent in the lustre of its “bright work,” harmonious with the well-toned colors upon the “ workings,” will bear a minute inspection, for the “ boss” is as “ neat as a pin.” Around the long hall are ranged, in wellselected positions, pictures such as few companies possess, and illustrative of some important event in the fire matters of the country, many from the pencils of “ little One’s” own members, quaint certificates, odd fronts, caps, helmets, capes, butts, pipes, and lanterns, scanning which one might think that from the time of Methuselah the archives of Firemen had found their resting place with “one, little One.” Passing to the rear of the tiller, a petite boudoir of elegance, known as the parlor, is entered. Here the monthly and annual meetings are held, and not to describe would be to fail in doing justice to the arrangements therein found for comfort to the body and eye. We will leave this for a future note, and enter the club room just near it, which is a theatre, library, and casino combined, furnished as complete as the size of the room will allow, and here the members may be found delving among the shelves for rare books of interest, engaging in argumentivc discourses on the topics of the day, or planning some future lyric entertainment, many of which would put to shame the boards of many a New York place of amusement, both in the programme and the attendant audiences. It has long been the “ne plus ultra ” of companies in Hudson County, and though many have tried to surpass it in the pleasures that fire companies afford, it still retains its rank as “ One.” The holiday decorations are unique, and of wide-spread noteriety, while their annual ball is an ensemble of the elite beauty and popular citizens of that city.




The association of Exempt Firemen of Hoboken is one of the most substantial organizations in our little sister city. It is composed of some of the oldest and most respected citizens of the place. At its head is William Hersee, an old veteran of the New York Fire Department, having served his time out in Washington Engine 20 and Fulton Engine 21, before joining the Hoboken Department. The act to incorporate the association was passed by the Legislature of the State in 1863, and was organized with such men as Theodore Van Tassell, Thomas Micken, James Houseman, W. G. Sheppaid, Andrew Mount, W. H. Willson, Peter Ritter, and John M. Board, the latter being the first President.

The organization was started with a view of aiding the regular Department at large conflagrations. They have on several occasions done very efficient duty, and arc a great auxiliary to the actives. The following are the present | officers: President, William Hersee; Vice-! President John D. P. Mount ; Secretary, James Houseman ; Treasurer, Charles Chamberlin ; Pcpresentatives, Robert McCague, Sr., and Francis Johnson.

Washington Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1 gave their annual ball on Thanksgiving Eve, at Tame’s Germania Garden, which surpassed any thing of the kind that has ever been held in Hoboken for years. The ball room was richly decorated with flags of all nations, while upon the side walls hung numerous fire scenes. The floor was under the management of J. W. Eaves, Assistant Foreman of the company, while the Foreman, William A. Willig, headed the reception committee and took charge of the guests. Among those present were Mayor Joseph RuseII, Alderman Samuel Webb, Alderman Crissey, Chief Engineer Kenney. Water Register M. Murphy, Thomas Rodgers, Assistant I Foreman, Engine No, i, Daniel Quirk, Samuel A. Russel, son of Ex-Judge Russel, of New I ^ork, George W. Word, Frederick Hill, and Adam W. Peer. Among the beauties of the evening that attracted no little attention, were Miss Russ, Miss Mary Anderson, Mi»s Eaves, ! Miss Brank, Miss Wood, Miss Hunte, and Miss Gehiggins. Over the main entrance were the words, “One little one,” a motto held in great remembrance by the company since its organi-1 zation. 1 he main feature of the ball, however, was the 1ire Set, in which the whole room was darkened, and amid a powerful strain of music, the room was beautifully illuminated with red tire, presenting a most imposing appearance. Nothing occurred to mar the pleasure of the evening, and all went home satisfied with the j Washington boys.

On Thanksgiving Evening the members of Washington Hook and Ladder t, of Hoboken, I presented David It. Salter, Foreman of Engine : No. I, with a beautiful set of resolutions, fori many courtesies tendered by him to Hook and Ladder No, 1.

Excelsior Flngine No. 2 visited Seacaucus, ! N. J., on Thanksgiving, and enjoyed a real oldfashippetj chowder party. They had a good

time all around, returning Iioine quite late, much pleased with their trip.

Neptune Engine No. 1, of West Hoboken, gave their annual supper on Thanksgiving Eve. It was a fine affair. Among the gentlemen present were Fix-Chief Engineer Joseph R. Taylor, Chief Chandler, C. C. Burr, and others.