Intelligent Fire Horses.
The Victoria (B. C.) Daily Times contains a lengthy article on the intelligence displayed by horses in use by the fire department. The firemen take a great deal of pride in a colt which was born and raised in the fire hall. “ Baby ” will break out of her stall and run to every fire. If she cannot find the box she will return and will drive everyone out of the hall. On one or two occasions “ Baby ” visited every fire hall in the city, looked in at the open doors, and scampered back to No. 1 hall.
Another horse called the driver one morning by imitating the man on watch. It is the custom to strike the sliding pole with a piece of iron at 6 A. M., daily. This awakens the drivers and the horses are then fed. One morning the engineer w’as attending to some other work and did not call the drivers on time. Shortly after six o’clock he heard some one striking the pole in front of ahorse named “Prince.” The watchman walked around the engine and found “Prince” at the sliding pole. lie w’as striking it with the ring on his bit.
A horse named “ Charlie ” was stabled in a building adjoining the police station. Whenever a policeman arrested a man it was customary to pass through the fire hall to a door in front of “ Charlie’s” stall. The officer w’ould pull a cord attached to a bell in the lock-up and would wait until the door was opened by the jailer. One day “ Charlie ” broke out of his stall and walked to the bell cord. He took it in his teeth and pulled and tugged. The jailer rushed to the door and found “ Charlie” staring him in the face.