NEW FIREHOUSE AT PORT CHESTER.
On the night of April 1 the new firehouse at Port Chester, N. Y., was opened. In it will be housed the Harry Howard book and ladder conjpany and the Reliance engine and hose company, as well as the chief engineer and his assistants, whose presence there will cause it to be the headquarters for the local fire department. The new house, which is situated on the corner of Westchester avenue and Poningo street, is a handsome brick building, three stories in height and forms a most pleasing architectural feature, typical, it may be presumed, of the public buildings of the future, of which it is the forerunner. In its details, both external and internal it is 011c of the finest firehouses in the State. The building cost more than $50,000 and is fitted up with five stalls. The apparatus to be kept in it at present comprises the book and ladder truck and the combination chemical and hose wagon. Its details include hose well towers, sliding poles and everything necessary for a firstclass fire de partment’s headquarters. Chief Philip Baker has bis office on the main floor, and on the other floors are two largo meetingrootm, with toiletroom and kitchen, so as to afford the firemen facilities for giving entertainments or enjoying a cup of hot coffee after a fire. Before the house was formally opened, there was a short parade of firemen, the city officials and visitors accompanied by a band, through main street up Westchester avenue to the new building, where Chief Baker acted as toastmaster. The Rev. C. A. Brugler and the Rev. Father John A. Waters addressed the assembly in behalf of the citizens, and their remarks were warmly applauded by all the firemen and visitors present. Fire Commissioner Joseph Simmon (chairman), Walter Comley and George Bailey, assisted by Chief Baker, First Assistant Chief Chas. E. Lounsbury, Second Assistant Chief James S. Merritt, extended every courtesy to the visitors, and, with the help of the ladies, made the opening night of the fair a big success. Judging from that success, it may fairly be prophesied that at the end of the week, when the fair has closed, the firemen will find that the pains and trouble they have taken to inaugurate the bazaar and the money they have laid out on the undertaking will have produced an ample harvest—more than enough to furnish and fit up their new’ quarters in a style com mensurate with the beauty of the building. Chief Baker and his firemen deserve all they can receive from their fellow citizens, in return for their selfdenying efforts to guarantee them adequate fire protection, and those who know all that Chief Baker has done to bring the depart ment up to its present high state of efficiency, will feel that success in this particular will add greatly to his pleasure. He has merited the heartiest thanks from the whole community, and that he has done so much in the way of enhancing the reputation of the Port Chester fire department calls for the fulfilment of his one desire—to see the fire headquarters fitted up as they ought to be.