NOT A TYPICAL BRITISH FIRE BRIGADE.
The recent experiences of the Solihull (British) fire brigade were trying, but by no means due to any inefficiency on the part of the members, but solely to the bad management of the local authorities. Their last chapter of accidents may be briefly rehearsed. In answer to a call they had as usual to send to hire horses from a local cab proprietor. In this case no horses were obtainable. The tire had broken out at a residence four miles off. On inquiry the brigade was told that there were 110 hydrants in the locality: but, on three firemen being sent with hose and other appliances, the water-pipes were found to be empty. In the meantime the tire, which had burned out all the woodwork and the furniture in the drawingroom and had scorched the stairway, had been extinguished by the neighbors with buckets of water !