Hose Needed at New Orleans.
A correspondent writes that at a recent fire in the Third ward of New Orleans the loss would have been less had the hose-supply been up to the mark. Bursting hose under the excessive pressure is always locked for to a greater or lesser degree; but to that there should be a limit. He writes, that, allowing for a certain proportion of hose defective in one way or another, the department would be badly put to it to protect the city in case of a big conflagration or of two big fires starting (as in New York city the other night) at the same time as in widely distant wards. He stated that the city has only 30.000 ft. of really good hose instead of at least 60.000—only ten times as much as the insurances companies demand shall form part of the fire-protective equipment of every large sawmill in the interior districts of the State. He also says that, on the occasion of the fire referred to, the water had been shut off from some of the mains without notifying the fire department, whether hv the orders of the water company that repairs might be made to the pines or by those of the city’s sewer department for some such similar reason, he does not know. But the consequent scarcity of water is ins sts considerably hampered the operations of the firemen.
Attleboro, Mass., has appointed H. R. Packard fire chief.