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—Amherst, Nova Scotia, has decided to issue bonds for an amount sufficient to provide the town with proper means of fire extinguishment.

—Chief Green, of Boston, and the usual party of Eastern Chiefs left that city Sunday evening, en route for Cincinnati, to attend the National Convention.

—The annual parade of the Fire Department of East New York takes place on Monday. In the evening Liberty H. & B. Co. will give a lunch, at Ferchland’s Hotel, to its members and guests.

—Some fifty Volunteer Fire Companies outside of Philadelphia will participate in the parade of Firemen there at the bi-centennial celebration. The old Volunteer Firemen of the city will turn out in full force.

—The medical officers of the New York Fire Department reported on Tuesday that the list of sick and injured Firemen had increased from 25 last week to 36 this week. The rank and file, generally considered, however, are in a healthy condition.

—The awnings of a store in Paris were recently’set on fire by the rays of the sun. The fire broke out simultaneously in no less than forty places. The key of the mystery was that a photographer across the way had left some of his instruments on the terrace, the rays being concentrated by the lenses.

—Sebastine is a new explosive first heard of from Sweden. Though containing nitro glycerine, it is safer to handle, and yet more powerful tnan dynamite, and cheaper to purchase. The complete absorption, by a species of charcoal and other porous ingredients, of the explosive oil gives Sebastine tfce first two qualities named.

—E. B. Chandler, of the Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegraph Company, Chicago; B. B. Bullwinkle, Superintendent’of the Fire Patrol, Chicago ; L. P. Dodge, of the Eureka Fire Hose Company, Chicago, and H. F. Wheeler, of the Chicago Rubber Works, Chicago, attended the National Convention at Cincinnati this week.

—T he annual report ot the Hornellsville, N. Y., Fire Department shows that ther are in the service of the Department one Silsby steamer, third size, one hook and ladder truck and one two-wheeled hose carriage. There are also four hose carts and one protective carriage. The paid force consists of the Engineer and Fireman and Driver (of the Silsby. The total volunteer membership is 196. The water supply is limited, consisting of one cistern, seven dug wells, five gang wells and several places where water can be pumped from the creek and river when the weather and ice will permit. Fourteen hundred feet of linen and 800 feet of cotton hose in good condition is owned.

—The Scientific American states that a threatening fire which had been fought by a large part of the population of South Lewiston, Me., without staying it, was subdued by a steam fire engine sent down from Lewiston. Three thousand feet of hose were used, and the water was taken from a brook. By saturating the mossy ground, the fire was speedily stopped, though a large timbering had been burned over.

—Chief Engineer Howell, of the Middletown (Pa.) Fire Department, caused the arrest of Charles F. Miller recently on the charge of arson. Miller was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department which was in existence in August, 1880, and the authorities have been placed in possession of testimony pointing to his guilt in applying an incendiary torch to a dwelling-house adjoining the house of American Fire Engine Company.

—Next Tuesday afternoon Passaic Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1 of Salem, Mass., will give a complimentary dinner, at Washington Hall, to Reliance Hose Company No. 1 and Active Hose Company No. 6, both of Salem. In the evening there will be a hop. The affair will no doubt be a success under the arrangement of the following Comm’ttee : George W. Pollity, Peter Bush, George L. King, Thomas W. Doremus and John Knaus.

—The City Council of Lynchburg, Va., sometime since decided to pull down the old house of Hose Company No. 1, at the foot of Court-house hill, and to remove the Company’s quarters to a new house in the rear of the market-house. The site of the Company’s quarters were hallowed by age and pleasant reminiscences, but the Common Council persisting in its course, and ignoring petitions from the Company, the nu mbers of the Company have voted to disband and have turned their apparatus over to the city. The organization will be maintained for social purposes.

—The Fire Department of Bath, Me., on September 6, gave a grand reception to the*following Fire Companies: Mechanics Hose and Hose Company No. 6 of Lowell, Mass.; Lafayette Hose Company of Salem, Mass., and W. W. Rice Steam Fire Engine Company of Tbomaston, accompanied by the Bath, Lowell, Salem and Rockland bands. They paraded the streets in the forenoon, which were generally decorated, and in the afternoon witnessed a|contest between three Steam Engine Companies of Bath. The first prize, a silver trumpet, was won by Long Reach Company No. 2 ; the second by City of Bath Company No. 1. In the evening there was a ball at the Potter car works. On September 7, the Department took the guests on an excursion to Fort Popham and Boothbay harbor.

—A correspondent from Providence sends us the following items of news : Truck Company No. 3 has a new pair of fine-looking horses. Truck Company No. 4 has been given the old horses of Company No. 3. In passing Station No. 9 the other day the writer found everything in splendid order. In one of the stations not far from the centre it would be well for them to look out. Wilkey says he has heard enough about the 15’s, and would like to have them show their colors the next time Box 52 is pulled. The Protective Company saved an immense lot of property last month. Steamer Company No. 5 has been greatly improved under the present Foreman, Captain Burdick. Electric lights are being put up in our city fast, and they are a good thing for the Department at nights.

—The Chicago underwriters are to be congratulatedjon the improved conditon of the lumber yards in that city. The Chicago authorities have several times tried to clear the streets in the lumber district. The streets in this part of the city are from 66 to 100 feet wide, but had been piled full of lumber until there was barely passageway for wagons. This is in dircctjviolation of the city ordinances, but the lumbermen defied the authority of the city to clear the streets. Finally, the underwriters took up the matter and took Superintendent Bullwinkle, of the Fire Patrol, to see what could be done to remedy the existing evil. He went to the lumberdealers and threatened them with a heavy advance in rates, and the result is that the streets are in a much better condition ; most of them are already cleared and the rest are being cleared rapidly.

—The fifteenth annual report of the Detroit Board of Fire Commissioners shows that there is in the service of the Department, fully manned and equipped, nine steam fire engines, two chemical engines, three hook and ladder trucks and two supply wagons. There is in reserve two first-class steam fire engines and equipment, one second-class engine and equipment, one fire escape, one protective wagon and one ‘wo-wheelgd chemical engine. The fire alarm telegraph comprises 126 boxes and attachments and 130 miles of wire. The water supply consists of 780 street hydrants and 174 reservoirs. The force consists of 142 officers and men. A new Company, to be known as Engine Company No. 10, will be organized during the present year and stationed in the house now being erected on Sixteenth street. A Fire Patrol will be organized at an early day. The disbursements for the support of the Department for the year amounted to $117,290.

—On September n the annual parade and inspection of the Erie Fire Department was held in honor of Commodore Perry’s victory over the British on September 10, 1813. The men bore themselves well, were dressed in good uniform and excited admiration by their excellent appearance. The Department was reviewed by the Mayor, the Fire Committee and members of the Common Council. After the parade an alarm was sounded, and Hose Cart No. 2 was soon on the scene, having run 4# squares in 2 minutes, and had a stream playing 30 seconds later. The Steamer D. T. Jones was next in order, running 7% squares in 2# minutes ; No. 3 Hose Cart went 7% squares in minutes; No. 4 Cart 11% squares in 4 minutes; Steamer Wm. L. Scott, 7% squares in 3^ minutes; Cart No. 514% squares in 4 minutes; Cart No. 6, 15^ squares in 6^ minutes; Hook and Ladder Truck. 7% squares in 3)4 minutes. By a misunderstanding of the signal, Cart No. 6 was delayed some 2 minutes.

—In the suit of Gilman Tyng against the city of Boston to recover $100, for a month’s pay for services rendered the city in the Spring of 1880, an interesting point has been decided as to the authority of the Fire Department to impose fines and forfeitures in conflict with the provisions of the city ordinances upon its employees. A Boston paper gives the facts of the case. Gilman Tyng, the plaintiff, in 1874 was appointed an Engineer in the Fire Department of the city, at an annual salary of $1200, payable monthly. When he entered the service of the city it was for an indefinite period, and he subscribed to the rules and regulations which arc provided by the Fire Commissioners, and which the employees are requested to sign. Among other things, it is provided that for the violation of any of these rules the Fire Commissioners may punish the offender by reprimand, fine, suspension or dismissal. The plaintiff continued in his office until May 18, 1880, when he sent in his resignation to the Fire Department, stating that he should resign in five days from date, and wished a leave of absence for five days. Without being granted his leave of absence by the Department, Tyng, on the same day that he handed in his resignation, left the services of the city. Two days afterward, on May 20, the Fire Commissioners having given Tyng a notice of the hearing for investigating his offence, and Tyng not appearing, he adjudged guilty of violation of rules, and sentenced to forfeit $100, a month’s pay. In conferring certain authority upon the Fire Department for the regulation of the service, the statutes provide that it shall not be inconsistent with the city ordinances, which provide that a greater fine than $50 shall not be imposed in cases like Tyng’s. The city refusing to pay Tyng for his last month’s service, he brought a suit against the city to recover it. The case was tried in Norfolk county and reported to the full court, on an agreed statement of facts for its decision. The opinion finds that the action of the Commissioners was illegal; that they have no authority to impose a greater penalty than that provided by the city ordinances.

—At the annual election of officers of the several Fire Companies in Lockport, N. Y., on September 4, the following is the result Hook and Ladder Company No. 1—Jerome E. Emerson, Foreman; S B. White, Assistant Foreman; Frank E. Smith, Secretary; D. A. Decrow, Treasurer; H. L. Cleveland, Steward. Hydrant Hose Company No. 1 -Lou B. Holton, Foreman; Fred H. Seymour, First Assistant Foreman; Will. K. Iiclmer, Second Assistant Foreman; Frank A. Ganung, Secretary; T. James McMaster, President; George W. Mann, Treasurer;

L. Blackley and J. T. Darrison, Tellers, and Ed. Welch, Steward. Washington Hose Co. No. 2—Florence Mahoney, Foreman ; Charles Roth, Assistant Foreman ; Dan. C. Carroll, Secretary; Michael Dempsey, Treasurer; Trustees, Jamrs Sullivan, William Quinlain, Philip Henry, Robert McCormick and Thomas Sladen. Spalding Hose Company No. 3—Jacob Fisher, Foreman ; William Doolan, Assistant Foreman ; Louis B. Gibson, Secretary ; Frank B. Stinson, Financial Secretary ; Adam Nix, Treasurer; Frank J. Levalley, Steward; Pipemen, John Schanck, James Eckensperger, John Willse, Dan Hines; Fire Police, Charles Whitcomb, Lloyd B. Pease, Thomas Doolan, George H. Easton ; Hydrnntmen, J. Gardner, G. W. Bird. Active Hose Company No. 5—Lawrence Baumeicr, Foreman; A.

M. Mathern, Assistant Foreman; James Doyle, Secretary; Bernard Martin, Treasurer; Ira McBoy, President; Morris Riley, Steward ; Fire Police. Charles M. Case, George Tucker, Martin Kennedy, James Doyle; Pipemen, Wiliiam Pelham, Morris Riley, Myron Lawrence, George W’atts; Hydrantmcn, N. F. Carr, Thomas Harper. Dewitt Clinton IIosc Company No. 6—James W. Hcary, Foreman ; George Dotzaur, Assistant Foreman; W, W. Woodruff, Secretary; William J. Randall, Treasurer ; George Johnson, Janitor; Trustees, 3 years, Charles Foltz ; two years, John Humphrey, Jr.; 1 year, Albert Craine; Fire Police, Charles Foltz, John Few, Joseph Jellings; Pipemen, Richard Smith, William Large, Thomas Dunn, R. Johnston ; Hydrantmen, George Johnston, William J. Randall.

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