The Board of Control, of Norfolk, Va., has accepted the American-La France combination wagon after satisfactory tests had been made by Chief McLaughlin.

Test of the new combination fire truck of the Rome, N. Y., fire department was given at Oneida last week for the benefit of the local authorities, who contemplate adding a similar piece of apparatus to Oneida’s equipment. The test proved very satisfactory and showed that such a machine would meet the requirements of that city.

The new truck furnished the Hutchinson, Kan., fire department by the Anderson Coupling and Fire Supply Company, of Kansas City, Kan., was fully tested recently and proved very satisfactory. The tests were conducted by S. O. Harpster and A. L. Smith for the company and were superintended by Chief Al. Stout and Assistant Chief Ed. Bulger. Mayor Cook and a large number of city officials were well pleased with the work of the new machine.

By the purchase of $57,000 worth of American-La France motor apparatus at Chattanooga, Tenn., the horse-drawn machines will entirely disappear. The new apparatus consists of a tractor, four triple combination engines, one hose wagon and one aerial truck. The old engines were able to throw 4,500 gallons a minute while the new motor pumpers are capable of discharging 6,500 gallons.

One of the Trucks With Glass Body and Sewell Cushion Wheels Which is Travelling Across the Country.

The economy of motor vehicles was illustrated in a statement contained in reports from Washington, D. C., that a cut of $4,000,000 will appear in the appropriation asked of Congress in December to provide rural delivery during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1916. To the automobile Postmaster-General Burleson gives a large share of the credit for the reduction. The great extent to which it is displacing wagon delivery in all parts of the country has resulted in remarkable economics. Fiftythree million dollars was regarded as necessary for the conduct of this branch of the postal service in the current year. The PostmasterGeneral will ask of Congress only $49,000,000 for rural delivery during the next fiscal year.

“The Use and Abuse of Ball and Roller Bearings” is the title of a new twenty-pagt treatise by F. J. Jarosch, Chief Engineer of the Bearings Company of America. The text gives explanations and experiences which help in the selection, mounting and lubrication of ball and roller bearings in automobile gears and in all other rotating parts and is intended to help in detecting the real cause of trouble. Nineteen drawings are used to illustrate the text matter. Mr. Jarosch contributes in a very practical way valuable thoughts to a muchdiscussed subject, and automobile engineers, as well as many others who are interested in the subject, will be glad to know that a copy of this treatise may be obtained free upon request from the publishers, the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company, Jersey City, N. J.

The Animated Advertising Company is sending several gasoline trucks across the country. advertising by motion nictures a certain brand of cigarette. These trucks all left Boston several months ago, and are headed for the coast, each one taking a different route, some going straight across the country, while others hit south, and then wend their way westward. The bodies of these trucks are of glass and, at night time, as brilliantly lighted with incandescent bulbs, they roll up and down the city’s main thoroughfare, they make a handsome appearance. These glass bodies need, of course, to be in some way protected, and it is interesting to know that these trucks are equipped with Sewell icushion wheels. These trucks have come in contact with some dangerously rough roads, but not one of them has suffered any damage whatsoever owing to the protection of Sewell cushion wheels.

The official pump test of an American-La France triple combination motor car, type 12, at Woburn, Mass., took place at Horn Pond. In speaking of the test the “Woburn Daily Times” said in part: “A steady pull of three hours and a half from the pond ended with the machine acting in able fashion and throughout the whole test there was not a hitch. The engine ran continuously without a single shutdown and it is estimated that the average draft was 880 gallons per minute, which is 130 gallons greater than the specifications demanded. Many fire chiefs from other cities and towns attended the demonstration and many ejaculations of wonderment and pleasure were heard from them. They were generous in their bestowal of congratulations on Mayor Johnson and Chief Buchanan. When the draft test at the pond had been concluded, the demonstrators tried out the deck gun on Hose 1, and the capacity in this instance was figured to have reached 960 gallons. A stream was shot from the mouth of the deck gun fully 300 feet. The deck gun test was repeated in the center at 6 o’clock, the engine being stationed at the hydrant between the Pleasant street crossing and Federal street, while the deck gun rested near the city yards on Federal street. With the engine running at 160 pounds pressure, the stream from the deck gun shot over the city yard buildings, easily clearing the yard.”




Runabouts have been purchased for the battalion chiefs of the Buffalo, N. Y., department.

Logansport, Ind., has purchased a new motor service truck.

The fire department of Fitchburg, Mass., has purchased a new eight-cylinder Cadillac for $2,186 for the use of the chief.

When the new apparatus arrives which the fire department of Leavenworth, Kan., is expecting soon, the city will have three motor fire truck to its credit. Citizens are hoping for a lowering of insurance rates as a result.

A new motor chemical engine recently purchased by the fire department of Susquehanna, Pa., made its first public appearance as the principal attraction in a parade of the firemen and was preceded by the Susquehanna band.

Chief J. Harry Johnson, of Indianapolis, Ind., reports that great strides are being made toward the motorization of the department. Two motor service trucks have just been received from the Springfield (Ohio) Kelly Motor Company, and three tractors, two motor hose wagons and a motor pumping engine are still to come.

Fire Chief Worm and several aldermen of Peoria, Ill., subjected the new motor service truck of the department to a thorough test recently over sand holes, dirt roads and hills, carrying 4,800 pounds of pig iron. A speed of 29 miles an hour was attained which the committee voted to be most satisfactory. The truck was installed in the Central Engine House.

The motor service truck ordered by the commissioners some time ago is expected to arrive at the central fire station at New Britain, Conn., very soon. Workmen are making alterations, cutting through the brick wall between the main floor and the horse stalls in order that the three pieces of motor apparatus at the station may be arranged abreast.

A new motor service truck of Robinson make has been purchased for the fire department of Springvale, Me. En route to Springvale the truck was exhibited and demonstrated at Biddeford for the benefit of Chief Charles H. Bonser and members of the Biddeford department. Business men from Sanford also watched the demonstration with keen interest. The truck has a 60-horsepower motor and a 156-inch wheel base. It is equipped with two 40-gallon tanks, one 24-ft. and one 14-ft. ladder and 1,000 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose. It is a selfstarter, fitted out with a powerful searchlight, bumper and drawbar for towing a steam fire engine. Over straight roads it can, it is stated, travel 40 miles an hour.