Newark Department.

Newark Department.

Chief Benedict last week issued the following order to the Engineers and Drivers of the different apparatus of the Department;

“It is the order of the Chairman of the Fire Committee that when your apparatus is proceeding to an alarm of fire, and you are compelled to turn corners, or going in or out of the street railway tracks, that you do so at a moderate speed; as it is more essential that your apparatus reaches the fire in a whole condition and be late, than not to reach the fire at all.”

The Call says : ** The Common Council of East Newark appear to be in earnest as regards forming a Fire Department. At their last meeting there were present by invitation several builders of Steam Fire Engines, who explained to the Aldermeu the merits of their respective Engines, but no definite action was taken. A house for the use ot the fire apparatus will be built, and by the time they get the charter passed to incorporate the Fire Department they will have everything in readiness. The subject of fire telegraph connection with this city was mentioned and referred to a committee. The supply of water for fire purpose? is of the greatest account, and it would be well for the Aldermen to read the account given in the NATIONAL FIREMAN s JOURNAL of November 23, on Driven Wells.’ They might profit something from it.”

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Newark Department.

Commenting upon an article in the JOURNAL relative to the tax on insurance companies for the benefit of Firemen’s Benevolent Funds, the Newark Call says:

“The Newark Fire Department derives a revenue from foreign insurance companies, but not as much as they are entitled to. Last winter a bill was passed which compelled these agents to give bonds, and also authorizing the Treasurer of the fund to examine the books of these agents and to collect the tax imposed. But it failed becoming a law for the want of the Governor’s signature, and it is the opinion of many of our Firemen that some State officials and insurance agents deceived the Governor. This same bill contained many points of great interest not only to our Department, but to all others throughout the State, and the wonder Is why they did not make themselves heard during the late election canvass. But it is not too late ; let another bill be drawn up and presented at the coming session, for it cannot be probable that foreign insurance agents can control our Legislature and Governor to the detriment of the Firemen of the State. The Board of Representatives of the Fire Department should lose no time in this matter, for they know perfectly well that the failure of the bill last winter has placed the Trustees of the Fund in something like a muddle.”

The cost of the new boiler for Steamer No. 6 will be $500, while the sum asked at the works, where the Engine was built, is $600.