WE desire to call attention to the advertisement of E. M. Waldron’s round thread hose coupling. This is a quick screw coupling, going together readily and making a tight joint. It is highly thought of where used. Mr. Waldron is a manufacturer and dealer in general fire supplies.
SECRETARY Hills, of the National Association of Fire Engineers, desires us to urge upon the members of the Association the necessity of forwarding to him the amount of their dues, of which they have been notified. The dues of members may be termed the lubricator which keeps the machinery of the Association running smoothly.
CAPE MAY had an artesian well supply of 60,000 gallons an hour, and a tank capacity of 90,000 gallons. And Cape May had the Atlantic Ocean quite handy, too, but what is the good of so much water in case of fire unless you have the means of bringing it to the flames? It was lack of fire apparatus, not water, that made a $400,000 conflagration at Cape May possible.
THE old Fulton Fish Market has, in days gone by, turned out a good many active and lively Firemen, who rendered good service in putting out fires. Last Sunday the fire returned the compliment and put the boys out— left them without a roof to cover their heads. It was an officious proceeding, and may be termed a scaly transaction. Boiled lobsters and roasted clams abounded on that occasion.
A NEW HAVEN paper states that Chief Engineer Hendrick was thrown from his wagon Thursday afternoon, owing to a collision with another team, dislocating his left shoulder and sustaining other injuries. Chief Hendrick is Treasurer of the National Association of Fire Engineers, well known throughout the country, and an exceedingly popular officer. He will have the sympathy of the entire fraternity of Firemen, and their wishes for his speedy recovery.
WE have received from the author a copy of the “ Fireman’s Manual,” bv P. R. Bartram, Secretary of Fredonia Fire Company No. 1, of Fredonia, N. Y. In addition to a military drill for Firemen, it gives models for organizing Companies, and rules for Hose Companies, and considerable other information of more or less value. Companies about to organize can derive much information from it.
WE have received invitations to attend the Thanksgiving balls of Barnes Hose Company, of Burlington, Vt. ; of Young America Hook and Ladder Company, of Lockport, and of the I. F. O. T. Y.—a Fireman’s club, of Hartford, Conn. We regret that we cannot be present at all of them. But there is a lady with a family of children living near here who insists upon our eating Thanksgiving dinner with her every year, and we yield our inclinations for the sake of peace in the family. We wish you all a jolly good time, and a remunerative entertainment.
CAPE MAY was nearly destroyed by fire a couple of weeks ago. Now Cape May has bought a new Fire Engine. Saratoga came near losing one of her big hotels recently, and is hesitating whether to buy new fire apparatus or to wait till Red Jack makes another rail, and completes his work of destruction. Wc suggest that they wait, but keep well insured. When you’ve got lots of insurance you don’t want a Fire Department, you know—they might possibly save something, and so reduce your claim for damages. Insurance money is the best dressing for wounds inflicted by Red Jack. But, then, what will become of the uninsured ?
As the season for entertainments and amusements of all kinds is at hand, we wish to suggest to Firemen the advisability of using the funds they may thus raise for the establishment of a relief fund in each Department. The great advantages of Firemen’s benevolent associations have been demonstrated in so many cities and in so many individual cases, that it is unnecessary to advocate their beneficence. Such associations are usually liberally supported by citizens, and wherever the Firemen themselves take hold of the matter with energy a liberal fupd for the sick and disabled Firemen, or for the widows and orphans of those who may be killed in the Service, is speedily accumulated. Balls concerts and other entertainments may be made to contribute to this end.
WE print elsewhere an interesting letter from an enthusiastic German Fireman, at Frankfort, Germany. He is well known to some of our manufacturers for the great interest he has shown in American fire apparatus.
Although his letter was a private one. we th nk it will prove of interest to our readers, and therefore print it. Enclosed in the letter was a photograph of the Silsby Engine in use io Leipsic, as manned with a German Company in full uniform, helmets and all. For the information of our correspondent, we would say that the New York Department no longer publishes annual reports, but very full quarterly reports are printed in the City Record, where all city reports arc printed. If any one will comply with his request for photographs and send to our care, we will be very’ glad to forward them.
IN the case of the Sierra Flume and Lumber Company, which suffered a loss of about a quarter of a million dollars by a^conflagration in their lumber yard at Chico recently, we are informed by a California paper that there were many protective ’appliances against a large conflagration. Large pipes were laid throughout the yard between each pile of lumber, so that water could be turned on in quantities sufficient, it was supposed, for every need. An extra Engine was erected, away from the shops, for the purpose of pumping water into these pipes, should a fire catch in tho mill where the other Engine was •tationed, and so disable it. It was kept always ready, and steam could be got up in less than ten minutes. Yet all of this apparatus, costing about $30,000, did not seem to avail. Like most local apparatus for fire protection, something didn’t work right at the only moment when it could have been of service.
IN Albany, N. Y., the banks are protected by telegraphic communication with the Fire Department. An electric knob is placed inside of the building, while a similar contrivance is conveniently located in a locked box on one of the outer walls. The officers on post are required to send an “ all-right ” signal, upon passing the building, an interval, at the most, of two minutes. These same signals must come in addition from the watchman on duty in the bank. Upon failing to receive the proper signal when due at Fire Department Headquarters, police officers are immediately dispatched to the place. In case notification is not given that everything is in good order by both janitor inside and officer outside, or that they may have been overpowered, and thus being prevented from giving the signal, instant warning is given by an automatic bell, thus guarding against possible negligence on the part of the operator. Inasmuch as the successful robbery of the banks would imply collusion between the employes of the bank, the whole police force and the operators at Fire Department Headquarters (a combination of circumstances scarcely reasonable), we may assume that Albany banks are quite safe from invasion.