MONTAUK MULTIPHASE CABLE IN AUSTRALIA.
The popularity and succees of American electrical goods abroad is shown again by the following item from the Advertiser of Williamstown, the port of Melbourne, Australia, of July 2, 1898:
Yesterday afternoon a number of leading gentlemen attended Mr. E. H. Kirby’s manufactory, Nelson place, to witness some startling effects in electric mechanism, either introduced into the colony from America by Mr. Kirby, or the results of his own researches. The public of Williamstown may not be aware that Mr. Kirby, in his own special line, is not only the leading mechanic in Melbourne, bu he. perhaps, has no equal in Aus.ralia. He does the electric alarm work foi the Metropolitan fire brigade; has fitted up government house, several of the large houses in Flinders lane, the Princess theatre, and his services have been sought to do similar important work in Sydney. Mr. Kirby yesterday astonished his visitors by the readiness of the various devices in his establishment to give fire alarms and ring bells and telephones upon the slightest provocation. There would be a fortune for an illusionist show in some of the mechanism he uses. One of these is so sensitive to heat that, by merely breathing upon it, it will ring an alarm bell; but Mr. Kirby explained that the temperature at which it worked could be regulated like the working of an alarm clock Mr. Kirkyhas introduced the Monlauk multiphase fire cable into the colony, and it was submitted to a highly satisfactory practical test for the first time in Australia yesterday. It is a most ingenious invention, and Mr. Kirby is so satisfied with it that he has taken the responsibility of recommending it to Mr. Stein, superintendent of the Metropolitan fire brigade, and will introduce it to the big mercantile houses in the city. The cable can be attached to an ordinary electric bell, to a telephone and to the fire alarm. The great and peculiar property possessed by this cable is that when it is ignited it wil instantly ring a fire alarm on any premises where Mr. Kirby’s automatic fire alarm is connected with it. Mr. Kirby is convince 1 that if the cable had been used in Melbourne lately the great fire at which damage to the amount of nearly one million sterling was done, would have been avoided. Mr. Kirby intends to give another demonstration in the city at an early date.