NEW TRUCK FOR ROME, N. Y.
Rome, N. Y., has just been supplied with a new Hayes aerial truck from the manufactory of the La France Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N. Y. The test exhibitions of the truck were given in Rome before the city authorities and the fire and police boards, all of whom were present. One took place in front of the Washington street opera house; the other in front of the Commercial hotel. The trial tests were successful in every way. Members of the fire department operated the truck, and it took just one minute and ten seconds from the time the horses were taken off until the sixty-five-foot ladder was run out its full length. It reached clear to the top of the four-story building, and while it rested there the tillerman mounted to the top. The ladder was then swung straight to the perpendicular and turned in various directions, and tipped to various angles to show how easily it could be managed. Then the tillerman tied the life line about his waist and was lowered to the ground by the rope. The ladder was then placed at the fourth story window, and mounted by seven firemen, who went through various evolutions when upon it. The same program was carried out at the Commercial hotel, —the ladder reaching to the fifth-story windowsThere is no building in the city that cannot be reached in the same way, and the department has now an apparatus that will be of great service. The board of fire and police commissioners unanimously accepted the truck—the manufacturer giving a three years’ guarantee
The large saw and planing mill of Arantz Bros., burned at Decatur, Ala. Loss on mill alone, exclusive of other buildings, and fine lumber, $50,000.