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D. C. Kyle, Mayor of Washington, Iowa, has ordered for his city a Hand Engine, Hook and Ladder Truck and Hose Cart of a Chicago dealer.

Cleveland, Ohio, purchased 4000 feet of Maltese Cross hose last week, through Waldee & Deihl, local dealers. Salter of the Jacket, Markey of the Fabric and Landy of the Eureka, are unhappy.

Colonel N. B. Sadler, Southern agent of the Silsby Manufacturing Company, with headquarters at Meridian, Miss., has left the service of that company. Colonel Sadler had been connected with the Silsby Company for over ten years.

The LaFrance Fire Engine Company delivered one of their Hayes’ Hook and Ladder Trucks to the St. Louis Department last week, and it has been much admired. The Hayes Trucks appear to be getting quite indispensable to all well regulated Eire Departments.

Mr. Gamewell, of the Gamewell Fire Alarm Company of this city, who furnished Toronto with its present fire alarm system, states in a letter to the Fire and Gas Committee that he believed the system ” has outlived its usefulness.” The only way to remedy the defect, in his opinion, is to divide the city into ten circuits instead of four as at present, thus materially lessening the chances of a mistake occurring in the alarms. The Gamewell Company has kept abreast of the progressive spirit of the age, and has adopted every improvement in electricity applicable to the fire alarm system. It has now the best and, in fact, the only trustworthy system of giving fire alarms promptly and accurately that we know of.

There is a veritable “boom” at the Silsby works at the present time writes the correspondent of the Syracuse Evening Herald. Two or three new devices have been patented by them during the last few weeks, the latest one bearing date on the 17th of April, which makes a remarkable revolution in the power and efficiency of both the engine and the pump. These improvements had been placed in the steamers sent to Orange, Mass., and New Haven, Conn., within the last fortnight, and they account for the remarkable record made by those engines in the tests before they were accepted by the local authorities. It is doubtful if the history of die hydraulics in this country has a record to compare with those made by the Silsby fire steamer at Orange and New Haven. At the former places the steamer forced water through 2400 feet of hose up an elevation of 200 feet from where the engine stood, and then threw water from the nozzle 136 feet. This record is so remarkable that the fact is strongly disputed by even the most unprejudiced Engineers, but the Silsbys have evidence of the record which will dispose of all fair criticism, and have confidence that they can even excel that record. At New Haven, these new devices attached to the Silsby steamer showed up at their best, and the journals of New England are now sounding the praises of the de spised ” rotary,” which has struggled for more than’a quarter century to gain a foothold in the Eastern States. The Silsby has had many staunch friends in the East, but its greatest success has been in the liberal and progressive West. It maintains its popularity throughout the West and South as heretofore, but this Is almost the primary evidence we have that it is overcoming what may have been a natural, but has proven to lie an unmerited, prejudice among the Engineers of the East. The latter are now acknowledging that the rotary principle for fire steamers has stood the best test tor the last quarter of a century, and that the new patent on the latest issues of the Silsby steamer “ knock the spots ” out of anything now in existence.

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