During the past year the Menominee, Mich., fire department has answered 84 alarms, 27 less than in the previous year and has stretched out and had in service 34,400 feet of 2 1-2 inch lead hose. Chemical company No. 1, has stretched and had in service 1,200 feet of 1-inch chemical hose, and discharged 450 gallons of solution. Nine fire boxes have been added to the system and, in addition, the whole fire alarm system has been renewed owing to its total destruction by a heavy sleet storm, which broke down nearly all the lines and poles, burned out fifteen or twenty of the boxes, the relays and gongs, and the telephone cable. Fifteen miles of new wire were strung; many new poles were set, and most of the old ones reset, at a cast of forty days’ hard labor and $2,500. The water supply is afforded by three Deane pumping engines delivering 6,000,000 gallons every twenty-four hours through twentyfour miles of pipe. There are 270 hydrants which cost $3,500 annual rent to the water company. They are always ready in case of fire, as is every member of the fire department under its able and energetic chief J. H. Kratz.