Kansas City Experts.
(From an Occasional Correspondent.)
An exhibition was given at Troost Park last week by the fire team that recently visited the fire congress in London, in order to give the public an opportunity of seeing the style of work the boys did at London. A tower seventy-five feet in height and a skeleton engine house with bunk room and sliding poles were erected. The programme was as follows: 1st. Coupling contest, open to all members of the Kansas City Fire Department, for a prize of $50 given by the park asssociation; run 100 feet, make connections to steamer, run the same distance back to place of starting, put on pipe (spanners to be used and all couplings water tight), time called when water comes through pipe. There were twelve entries. The prize was won by John Mooney, one of the London crew; time, seventeen and one-half seconds. 2d. Rapid hitching in which Dan and Joe were the main features. 3d. Exhibition of the pompier crew on the seventy-five foot tower, showing the different methods of rescuing lives by means of a life line, jumping net, etc.
The evening performance was concluded with a representation of a midnight alarm. The tower had been lighted up with red fire to represent a burning building. At the signal the hitch was made and a run of 400 feet was made to the scene and work began rescuing the inmates with life lines, nets, etc. Also a stream of water was kept playing over the tower from one of the new steamers, making the scene very realistic. The evening performance was witnessed by fully 40,000 people. _