Captain Thomas A. Kenney of Engine Company No. 7. New York, goes to Greenwich, Conn., on his vacation; Assistant Foreman William Cunningham is to be married and will go with his bride to Baltimore. Md.; Assistant Foreman John H. McCarthy will visit Far Rockaway.

Steve Hanemy, who for eight years was a member of Union Hook and Ladder Company of the volunteer fire department of East New York, L. I., has established the Firemen’s and Fishermen’s Retreat at Canarsie Landing. He has on exhibition an interesting collection of fire relics, including badges, fronts, fire caps and belts.

Samuel Ennis of No. 3 Truck Company, Newark, N. J., returned from Gettysburg, Pa., last week and brought with him a bride. He went on his vacation June 15, and while away married a youn^ lady of Gettysburg. Fireman Ennis made his first visit to Gettysburg twenty-eight years ago during war time, and took part in the famous battle which occurred there.

Chief Webber of Boston w ill start on his vacation on the second of August. I he chief as yet has not decided where he will go.

‘Phe vacation leaves of the chief officers of New York began on the 27th, with Chief of Battalion Joseph F. McGill of ihe Third Battalion, Samuel Campbell of the Seventh Battalion, and William Duane of ihe Ninth Battalion for twenty days each, commencing from eight o’clock A. M. on that date.

Fireman Hugh Doyle has the honor of being the first member of the Newark (N. J.) Department to become an expert bicycle rider. On his day 3aff he takes a spin through the country and then returns and tells what wonderful time he made on his wheel.

John T. Finn has been elected delegate to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York at their twentieth annual convention, to be held at Niagara Falls in August, by the Western District Exempt Firemen’s Association of Brooklyn.

‘Phe borough council of Homestead, Pa., at its last meeting elected C. K. Bryce, the well-known glass manufacturer, as borough fire chief for the ensuing year.

A. P. Elder, Ottawa, Kan., for being the finest appearing chief at the Missouri convention, was awarded the tea service set.

It transpired during the visit of Chief Byron to Hudson, N. Y., that he was formerly a Hudsonian, having lived there thirty years ago. It is said that his anxious search for an oldtime sweetheart gave the thing away. Never mind chief, says The Troy Observer, theie are many splendid girls in Troy w ho are willing to get married.

R. E. Everett of Springfield, O., was voted the most popular officer of the Southwestern Association at its recent convent ion.

Notwithstanding the recent warm evenings the domiiio fiends are hard at it every night in the old volunteers’ rooms, Brooklyn. There are at times nine tables going, where muggins, block or rounce are indulged in. “ Boss” McLaughlin can be found there almost every evening accompanied by his dog Dan. Dan has become a general favorite among the members.

Fireman Tompkins, the driver of Chief Purroy of New York, will enjoy himself in the Thousand Islands.

Foreman Honan cf Truck No. 1, New York, goes to Long Branch on his vacation. Assistant Foreman Peter Swan is to take a life partner, and then will go to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

A man who wears a blue suit, says The Graphic News of Altoona, and is often seen about the machine shops must think of joining one of the fire companies. He was seen the other day filling buckets from a hydrant and handing them to a man who was washing a horse. That is more work than lie has done in the last twenty years.

Charles Distler of East New York, tormerly a member of Liberty Hose Company of that place, and also at one time connected with Engine Company No. 2 of Yonkers, N. Y., in jumping from a train while in motion at Manhattan Beach Crossing, had his foot so badly crushed that it was necessary to amputate the same.

Captain Charley Shay of Engine Company 14, New York, will enjoy his much-needed and hard-earned rest in the wilds of the Adirondacks.

Secretary Hillsof the National Association of Fire Engineers has started the ball in motion for the Louisville Convention. He is a most indefatigable worker.

Ex-Chief Hendrick of New Haven, Conn., is in St. Paul, Minn.

Commissioner Robbins of New’ York will visit Saratoga, Newport, Atlantic City and Long Branch.

President Purroy will take runs down to Atlantic City.

Deputy Chief Frank Reilly of this city will visit the Adirondacks, and Chief Cashman will take a quiet but refreshful vacation at the Thousand Islands.

Foreman Bill Shaw of Hook and Ladder Company No 12 will rusticate in Utica and Rochester.

Captain Peter Fitzpatrick of the Brooklyn veterans has annually for more than twenty-five years fired the Fourth of July cannon salutes from Fort Greene.

A NOVEL Launching.—The launch of a large ocean steamer at midnight, says Industry, is a romantic event. The glare of torches and the roar of “ wedging up,” with the attendant confusion, spectators mixed and wandering in crowds about the vessel and yard, makeup a memorable occasion. These were the circumstances at the launching of the Pacific Mail steamship Peru on the nth ultimo, at the Union Iron Works in San Francisco. This vessel has been constructed in a remarkably short time, and as the government work on the cruiser Oregon and coast defense vessel Monterey, and other government work, besides the dock and repair work, was carried on at the same time, and a force of 600 men on the Peru, it indicates something of the shipbuilding facilities at the Union Iron Works. The Peru is 345 feet long, 45 feet beam, 29 feet deep, and will have a gross tonnage of 8800. The engines are triple expansion, with cylinders 28, 41 and 70inch diameter, with stroke of four feet, capable of developing 2800 horse-power. This is the largest steamer that has been constructed on this coast, and has presented no difficulties whatever, except that the ship filled the building shed to within six inches of its sides. The Union Iron Works will have to extend their shipbuilding room or sheds for construction. ‘Fhe other departments are crowded also, but these can be “ doubled up ” with less trouble than sheds and slips can be provided. The development of the business is phenomenal, and its commercial management, under the president, Henry T. Scott, has been as successful as the constructing departments.

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