Manhattan Fire Alarm Company Wins.
The New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has decided that private fire alarms may be connected with the signal boxes of the fire department, dismissing a taxpayer’s action brought to restrain the Fire Commissioner from permitting the Manhattan Fire Alarm Company to use any part of the fire telegraph system of the city. James Foy, who brought the suit, said it was illegal to give the use of the city’s property to a private concern. The defendant company said Foy was acting in the interest of rival concerns, and added that the city fire alarm system was “notoriously inadequate.”
The court in its opinion said: “It cannot be disputed that the more speedy method of sending in alarms of fire is preferable, not only because of the earlier opportunity given of extinguishing the fire, but also because of the equally important purpose of preventing its spread to other property.”