NEWS FROM WASHINGTON.
(Correspondence of FIKK AND WATKK KNGINKKKINO.)
Fire broke out in the mill of the Cascade Cereal company, Tacoma, Wash., July 24, and before it could be checked, it had laid waste property worth almost $150,000. The mill itself and the pulley factory of the Deming-Berry company were left in ashes; the Yonkers bottling works, known as the Harmon building, was totally destroyed; and the Denver house, the St. Paul house, and several residences were damaged by fire and water. Only the best of work on the part of Chief Poyns and the fire department brought the flames under control four hours later. Five firemen narrowly escaped death from falling walls. James J. Lynch, of company No. 2, Seattle, did splendid work at the fire. lie was there to test a new engine and when the alarm was rung in he got the new engine in working order and had three streams playing on the flames. The light was plainly seen in Seattle, twenty-five miles away.
The new first-size Metropolitan steamer for Tacoma was successfully tested on July 25 by James J. Lynch, master mechanic of the Seattle department. Chief Poyns drew up most elaborate specifications for the machine, which has the Fox boiler, with bottom manifolds of copper and every other detail that will insure good service. It is without any nickel-plated jacket. With 140 pounds of steam and 220 pounds of water pressure, an immense two-inch stream was thrown 250 feet. B.