Lynn Finds Motors Economical.
As a result of a comparison between the cost of maintenance of the new Knox automobile chemical stationed at the Tower Hill house of the Lynn, Mass., fire department and the horsedrawn combination wagon stationed at the Wyoma house of the department Fire Chief Thomas A. Harris is to recommend that the Wyoma house be discontinued and that an automobile chemical be stationed at the Glenmere house on Chestnut street. During the month of January Chief Harris has kept a strict account of the cost of maintenance of the two pieces of kit and also the work done by each. The result of account is: Automobile combination chemical—Number of alarms answered, 21; mileage covered, 68 3-5; cost of maintenance for the month of January, gasoline $4.26, batteries and connections $1.88, oil 8 cents, total cost $6.88. Horse-drawn combination (three horses)—Number of alarms answered, 2; mileage covered, 4; cost of maintenance, hay $15.81, oats $9.90, straw $1.70, shorts $2.15, horseshoeing $4.09, medicine for horses 50 cents, total $34.15. By a comparison of the two accounts it will be seen that the automobile combination chemical has answered almost 12 times as many alarms and covered 17 times as many miles as the Wyoma combination, yet it has been maintained at about one-sixth the cost. If the recommendation of the chief is adopted and an automobile chemical placed in the Glenmerc house the services of four horses in the summer time and five horses in the winter time will tie done away with, as it is intended to replace the hose company at Glenmerc with a combination and the services of three permanent firemen now at Wyoma will lie available for other parts of the city. In computing the cost of maintenance of the Wyoma combination wagon no account has been taken of the wear and tear of the stable caused by the horses or the wear and tear of the harness and other horse equipments. A new Pope-Harttord automobile squad wagon arrived in Lynn February 1. Edward T. Reynolds, the Lynn agent of the PopeHartford Company, went to Hartford and returned with the machine accompanying Ray Feather, one of the company’s expert operators, who will remain with the car during its 30 days’ trial. The trip from Hartford to Lynn was made in five hours and 15 minutes’ actual running time, a distance of 147 miles.