ONEIDA WELL PROTECTED.
Oneida, N. Y., has been very lucky this year in the line of fire-loss, which has been very low Many improvements have been made and manymore will be made in the near future. The most important improvement of all is the addition to the equipment of a new combination chemical and hose wagon, which, when finished, will be rubbertired and thoroughly up to date in every particular. The department is doubly fortunate in possessing in Chief Frank 11. Ernenwein a head who is in all respects a man of progressive ideas and one who makes an intelligent study of the science of firefighting. The knowledge thus acquired reacts upon his men, whose methods of handling fires show that they are no novices in their calling. The city is likewise fortunate in its fire commissioner, J. M. Bennett, who is also a man of up-to-date ideas and one who recognises the fact that it is the best economy in the end to buy the best and most modern apparatus, even if the first cost is apparently somewhat high. In addition to the improvements in the fire department, the better protection of the city has been further guaranteed by the building’of a new reservoir, with a capacity of 60,000,000 gals., which, with the 22,000,000 gals, in the old reservoir. will give Oneida an ample supply for all purposes and, not least, for fire protection, and will give a pressure of about 100 lbs. It will thus he seen that the city is well protected in both ways.