Last Horses Retired in St. Paul
On Wednesday evening, July 23, 1924. the fire department of St. Paul. Minn., tapped out its last call of duty for five veteran fire horses. The horses were not sold as is usually the custom, but in recognition of their years of faithful service Chief Owen C. Dunn made arrangements to pension them to various pastures. The horses were replaced by the latest type Ahrens-Fox triple combination car.
All interested citizens of the city were invited to attend the ceremonies incident to the tapping out of the horses at No. 13 engine house. The arrangements were under the direction of the commissioner of public safety, James M. Clancy and Chief Owen C. Dunn in co-operation with the Midway Club. Motion pictures were made of the last alarm for the horses, the installation of the new apparatus and wall-scaling, life-saving drills of the members of the department. Addresses were made by Commissioners Clancy, Wenzel, Ferguson and also by Chief Dunn. The music was furnished by the Midway Club and the fire department drum and bugle corps.
Pacific Coast Suffers Water Shortage—A water shortage is being experienced on the entire Pacific cost on account of one of the worst droughts in recent years. The rainfall for the past season was about one-half the normal amount. The dry spell has increased the fire hazard especially from grass and brush fires near towns. Water superintendents of many municipalities have warned water supply consumers to conserve and economize drinking water. Irrigation facilities have suffered most from this shortage.