Louisville Fire Notes.
(From Our Regular Correspondent.)
Fifteen alarms were sounded within the past week, but no fires of any consequences. $3000 will cover the loss.
While making the run to box 153 Monday morning the horse on No. 3 reel, slipped and fell to the ground, throwing all of the boys off, Chas. White, the driver, was badly bruised, so that he will have to lay off duty for some time.
Monday seemed to be a day of accidents. Alfred Johnson was seriously burnt about the head and arms at a fire on Preston street, caused by an explosion of paint that was cooking on a stove. Ed. Cline of No. 2 hook and ladder con pany received a bad cut while removing the tin roofing on a stable fire. George Barth broke his leg while trying to remove a wagon from the same stable fire.
Chas. Mercker, son of Chief Mercker, of the New Albany Department, is the inventor of something new in the line of fire fighting apparatus. It is a combination of the aerial truck and the water tower. Mr. Mercker has a perfect working model in his father’s office and has filed papers for a patent. Though young in years Mr. Mercker is an expert mechanic, and many of the improvements adopted by the New Albany Department are due to him. At present he is the chief electrician for the department.
Plans for the two new engine houses are completed and in a short while the members of the No. 3 and No. 4 engine companies will be in new quarters. Preston Lodge of Masons will occupy the third floor of the new No. 3 engine house, and will stand their portion of the costs for building.
No name is better known throughout this section than that of Major Edw-ard Hughes, chief of the fire department, and his generous, frank and open-hearted disposition has made him many friends. His entire life, it might be said, has been spent in the department. In the dajs of the volunteer service he was one of the most active members. Physically the Major is a better man than he was ten years ago. Though somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty-six years of age, his looks and activity are that of a man of forty. No chief in the country is held in higher esteem and is more popular with his subordinates. The present standard of the department is entirely due to him. Upon his election in 1879 the department was in a dilapidated condition and from that day a change was noticeable.