Minor Topics.

Minor Topics.

We respectfully request all persons who have the welfare, of the Firemen at heart, to whom we send this number of the FIREMAN’S JOURNAL, to act as our agents in obtaining subscribers. If not able to do so themselves, will they kindly hand the paper to some one who will take an interest in it, and make a little exertion in our behalf. It it only by means of a liberal support that we can hope to make the JOURNAL worthy of the Firemen of the country, and live up to the standard we have fixed for ourselves. The enterprise is one involving very heavy weekly expenses, and we rely upon our subscriptions to save us from loss. We trust our friends in the Fire Department throughout the country will give a generous response to our efforts to cater to their interests.

The total losses by fire in Detroit, Mich., during the month of October last amounted to $6,907, upon which there were insurances aggregating $23,950.

We acknowledge the recept of the reports of Chief Engineer David Scannell of San Francisco It is well compiled and speaks well for our old and esteemed friend. We would congratulate him on his re-election to the head of the Department which he has held with so much honor and credit to himself.

The thirty Firemen and employes of the Buffalo, N. Y., Fire Department, who were dismissed for political purposes, have been reinstated by the Supreme Court. The efficiency of the Fire Department, and not the political faith of its members, is a matter of grave importance to the citizens of Buffalo. To make the Department efficient and reliable, it should be beyond the control of politicians.

A hand fire engine, purchased by enterprising citizens for the town of Brookville, Pa., remains unclaimed at the railway depot in that place, The Borough Councils refuse to pay the freight charges and bring the machine into use, and no one else is inclined to pay the sum of $1.15 to get the engine out of the custody of the freight agent. And meanwhile, the whole place lies exposed to being swept out of existence with a fiery besom.

The question of the utility and trust worthiness of the Holly System of water works as a sole reliance in case of fire, is one that gives rise to much discussion in firo and insurance circles. As an anxilliary water supply the Holly system is admittedly valuable, but whether or not it will do to trust to alone is a problem the solution to which is being much sought for. We shall be pleased to print the experience of Firemen who are familar with its workings in those cities and villages which have adopted the Holly systom.

The first number of the JOURNAL is pretty sure to be open to criticism on some points. It would be surprising if it was not, for it would be too much to expect it to be fully matured at its birth, But we trust it will convince all who are interested in Fire matters that “we have come to stay that it is no catch-penny affair, to die off after a fow months, disappointing the hopes that have been raised regarding it. We see chances for improvement, and shall hasten to make them at the earliest opportunity; meantime we ask the hearty cooperation of Firemen and their friends everywhere to enable us to make of the JOURNAL a paper worthy of them.

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“I am sorry you two ladies are going all that distance alone,” I said to some friends going East some time ago. “If we see anyone on the train I know, I’ll put you in his charge.”

“Don’t; I’d rather not,” one of them answered.


“ Because you always get more attention from strangers. We are all right. If we have any chaperon, he’ll be bored to death and he disagree. able all the way ; if we have none, every man on the train will be at our service and be only too glad to attend to us.”

“ That’s queer. I never thought of that.”

” My dear boy, men are always in search of adventure, and a formal introduction or an intimate acquaintance makes it a duty, and duty is always disagreeable.”

“ Well, I suppose you are right.”

“ Do you see that gentleman there ? He’s been quietly looking around to see what pretty women are on the train. Before we get to Port Costa he’ll be asking my sister if he can do anything for her—she’s prettier than I am ; but what he’s willing to do for her, he’ll do for me to keep me sweet.”

” I don’t think you’ll get left yourself.”

“ Between you and me and the window, I don’t think I shall.”

And 1 left them with their arrangements all made as to how they were going to treat every man on the car.


“Mrs. Murphy, do yez remember the time whin that son Moike of yours toied the dure of our shanty one marnin’, and Dinny bad to go to worruk through the chimbly ?”

“ Dade, and oi do. Wasn’t it mcsiif that whaled him fur’t wid ail the slfingth oi had in me hand ?”

“Aq’ do yt* call to moind the time whin that same Moike did be puttin’ our baby in the coal-bucket an’ hangin’ av him up in the p’ach three In the front yarrud?”

“ Artah, now, an’ wasn’t it his own father that broke his cane to shplinthers over ’is bolck fur that thrick ?”

” An’ have yez in moind the episody whin he pul the red pipper an the parlor sthove, when me daughter Bridget married Patsy Rafferty ?”

” Be aisy wid ye. It wor mesclf shure as held the b’y while ’is father played ’ St. Palhtick’s Day ’ an ’im wid a bidshlat. Phwat do yez be coinin’ at 7”

“ Well, otve just found a solgn over me dure which sez on it, • Chinase Laundry’ wid some baste av a haythen name to the top, and oi cem over In all nayborliness to ax yez if you couldn’t kindly whale the divil out av Moike wid a crowbar.”


Several weeks ago a Detroiter purchased a piece of land in the west end of the country. After the purchase had been completed, he engaged a surveyor’s services to see if be had been cheated. The discovery was made that a tine fence was over his land eight inches. When he went to the owner of the adjoining property with the statement the man replied :

“Stranger, the row about that fence began twenty-eight years ago. It was then five feet over the line, and the two men fit and fit until one was killed and the other crippled. After a while It was moved a foot, and then’ two other owners fit and fit until the lawyers got the farms. The fence was then moved another foot, and the two new owners spent half the year jawing each other and the other half tawing. One died and the other got sold out on a mortgage, and when I got this farm the fence was moved over another foot. Then I fit and fit, and two years ago was kicked in the ribs and laid up for three months. During that time the fence was moved to the present line. So it’s still on your land.”

” Yes.”

“ Well, I ’spose the proper thing is a row. If you’ll go out by the barn with your revolver I’ll come out and hunt for you with the shotgun. If you get the drop on me, don’t let go, because I shall shoot to kill.”

It took the Detroiter some time to convince the farmer that he didn’t care for eight inches of land, and that he wouldn’t move the fence for $50, and when he succeeded the old man drew a long breath of relief and replied :

“ That’s kind of you, and it leaves my boys a chance to fit after I’m gone. I hope you ain’t cornin’ out here to live alongside o’ me ?’’

” No.”

” Glad on’t. If you lease, git some man who’ll want them other eight inches, The boys and I is lonesome for excitement.”