MASS OF MELTED COIN FROM SAN FRANCISCO.
One of the most interesting relics of the conflagration to be found anywhere in San Francisco, and one that represents a loss of many thousands of dollars to the United Railroads, consists of various masses of melted coin that the street railway company recovered from its safes in the Rialto building. The blackened masses of precious metal are now stored in the office of 1 hornwell Mirllallv. assistant to the president, at Oak and Broderick streets. Just what will he done with the melted coin is a problem. Mullally is hopeful that the Treasure Department can be induced to make some ruling tint will enable the company to recover something like the coin value of the money. Otherwise, should the company succeed in recovering only’ the bullion value, it will suffer a loss of many thousands of dollars. The company’s loss through the melting of silver coin greatly exceeds anv similar loss bv any other institution in Ran Francisco. Much of the silver and small change in circulation finds its way into the coffers of the street railway company during the month, and at the time of the fire the 1 nited Railroads had many thousands of dollars in silver dollars, halves, quarters, dimes and nickt Is in the safes of Treasurer Starr, on the eighth floor of the Rialto building. All the. gold coin in the treasurer’s office, contained in a separate safe, escaped unharmed: hut the silver is unrecog nisahle. It consists of a small truckload of blackened masses of metal of irreeular shape. Various metals are found in the melted masses of :oin. so that the company will nrobablv he put to the expense of having them melted and refined. Treasurer .Starr savs that silver, nickel, cooper and iron i” unknown quantities are present in the bitr hunks of metal, the Conner coming from the, melted nno-rent pieces and the iron from the boxes in which the rolls of coin were packed.
At Kansas City. Mo.. Chief Trickett has been directed to get bids on heaters for every fire engine in the city” At present, when a fire engine starts to run to a fire, the water in its boiler is cold. By heaters, this water is kept up to the boiling point, so that, when the fire is started in the engine proper, with its forced draught, steam can be got up in one minute. Chief Trickett informed the board that it would mean a saving of from seven to ten minutes’ time to him.