Knox Auto Test in New York.
A new model hose nozzle holder for high pressure, invented by the Bureau of Repairs and Supplies of the New York fire department, was tested last week at Fifty-eighth street and Eleventh avenue. The holder, which was named the “Waldo,” in honor of the retiring fire commissioner, satisfied Acting Chief Kenton, Battalion Chief Howe and Capt, Demarest, the testing committee. It will cost $7 to manufacture. I he department has been paying $92 for patented holders previously used. In making the test the new automobile Engine 58, known as the “Big Bear” was employed. There was also tested at the same time a Knox automobile engine differing from “Big Bear” in that its pumps are operated by a six cylinder ninety horsepower gaso line engine instead of by steam, as in the older type of horse-propelled engines and in the “Big Bear.” The new engine pumped over 600 gallons a minute, but owing to a slight accident, the board of examiners decided to allow another test before finally deciding upon its merits. Several out-of-town fire chiefs were present. Among them were: J. E. Sloan, of Newark; B. P. Bowker, of Passaic: Joint Stagg, of Paterson: Andrew Jennings, of Plainfield: .H J. Groom, of Irvington; F. C. Decker, of Westfield; William Hines, of South Orange: H. L. Stanton, of Norwich, and E. T. Stanton, of Nutley.
An electric fire alarm sstem is being installed at La Grange, Tex. The town will be divided into five fire districts and all alarms will be turned into the central office of the telephone company, which will in turn connect with the hell tower in the court house park.