RANDOM SPARKS

RANDOM SPARKS

  • That celebrated Company No. 3, of Little Falls, N. Y., will daftce on Thanks giving Eve.
  • The elegant Silsby Steamer which was exhibited at the Centennial Exposition will hereafter adorn the Fire Department of Havana, Cuba. All its exposed parts are nickle plated, and it is generally acknowledged to be the handsomest
  • specimen of fire apparatus in the world. Its expensive style has, until now, kept it on the hands of the makers.
  • Enterprise Hose Company No. 2, of College Point, L. I., have a new Hose Carriage, and they think it is a beauty.
  • The Whitestone, L. I., Hook and Ladder Company No. I had their annual parade last week and a ball in the evening.
  • A Boston paper says: Five or six seaside and country hotels burned in New England since the season closed. Queer, isn’t it.
  • Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving night will be taken advantage of by many bold Fire Laddies to trip the light fantastic toe.
  • —The annual ball of Rescue Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, of Flushing, L. I., takes place on Thanksgiving Eve. A grand time is expected.
  • A kerosene lamp artistically connected with a cow’s hind leg has been suggested as an appropriate design for Chicago’s fire memorial monument.
  • It sounds funny to read that several City Alderman were drunk at the dedication of the city Water-works. Some fiend in human shape must have poured a barrel of whisky in the reservoir.
  • A Parisian being driven by fire from his chateau, finding it impossible to save anything from the devouring element, went to the crest of a nearest hill and made an elaborate sketch of the conflagration.
  • Chief Engineer Jewhurst, of Auburn, N. Y., has started a movement to erect a fine monument in memory of his lamented predecessor, Joe Morris. The proposition has been encouragingly received.
  • He came home late the other night, and his wife woke up and found him with a burning match, trying to light (he faucet over the marble basin in his dressing room. ” James,” she said, “ that is not the gas-burner.” “ 1 know it now, my love,” he replied unsteadily, ” fact is, I’ve been overworked, and that’s reason made mistake.” “Yes, you look as if you had been lifting a good deal,” she quietly answered, as she returned to her pillow.
  • One of the prettist things we have seen in sometime is a ” souvenir” sent to their friends by Hydrant Hose Company No. 1, of Lockport, N. Y. Mounted on a card about four by six inches are the photographs in miniature of the members of the Company, about forty in all. On the same card are pictures of the House, apparatus and rooms of the Company. The members look intelligent enough to be Congressmen and pious enough to be Methodist preachers.
  • A fire at Middletown, N. Y., a few nights ago, did damage to the amount of $20,000. It was in a wooden building in the business part of the town, and was the most obstinate fire the Firemen ever had to contend with. It was fought with good judgment from first to last, and much property was saved, the building being damaged but slightly, comparatively speaking. It do s one good to read in a local paper, that “ hydrants were handy, hose plenty and trustworthy, water abundant, and the Firemen alert, obedient and active.”
  • The Board of Fire Commissioners ol Bristol, Conn., has made the following appointment for the year ensuing For Fire Department, George H. Hall, Chief Engineer; Samuel D. Bull, First Assistant; Roswell A. Atkins, Second Assistant. For Bristol Fire Company No. 1, J.W. Skelly, Engineer; C. E. Kittle, Assistant Engineer; P. J. Coleman, Stoker. For Uncas Fire Company No. a,W. B. Coulter, Engineer ; C. A. Treadwell, Assistant Engineer; T. Schubert, Jr., Stoker. For Welch. Fire Company No. 1, T. B. Stevenson, Engineer; Frank Woodruff, Assistant Engineer ; Henry Clark Stoker. The city has purchased two La France Engines of the sixth size.
  • The cake was taken at the grand parade of Volunteer Fire Companies at Portchester, N. Y., by the Greenwich Company, and they feel very much elated by it. A cake about three feet high, made in the form of a pyramid, with a large sugar Fireman on top, al’ogether a very attractive pi ce of pastry, was given by a merchant of Portchester to the General Committee, and they were to present it to the Company that, in their judgment, made the best appearance. It was awarded in the evening to the Amogereon Volunteer Fire Company. Twenty towns were represented by Fire Companies in the parade, seven coming from Connecticut. The cake was taken home on a ladder belonging to the Truck, the men carrying the ladder.
  • A St. Louis paper relates an incident of a recent fire : ” Mr. Martin, an OddFellow, happened to be at the fire, and hearing that there was a child in 210 South Tenth street, turned to a man standing near him whom he did not know, and said,
  • They say there’s a baby in that shop. Come with me and we will get it out or be burned up.” What followed can best be narrated in the man’s own words. Said he: ” You see when the fire started I came down and stood around. Somebody screamed out. ‘ For God’s sake save the baby in the house 210.’ • I said to a fellow from Chicago, ‘ Come and save the baby.’ We then rushed across the street, he ahead and 1 behind. The policemen grabbed me, three of them, and said I should not risk my life. I said some sort of cuss words and said I would go anyhow.
  • I think I told them to go to h-. Then I jerked loose from them and rushed
  • in. I tell you it was hot, and my face got scorched, I found the baby and took it in my arms and started out. Could not get out front way or back either. The
  • other fellow he slipped and fell and I jumped over him. They have just taken the poor fellow to the hospital terribly burned. When 1 found I could not get out either front or back I burst a hole in the wall next to the little alleyway and got out with the baby. I never saw it before in my life and I may never see it again, but Thank God!’ said the manly fePow, as he wiped the perspiration from his face,
  • Thank God I saved its life. I tell you it was hot in there, more like the place I told those poliemen to go to than anyother. They said 1 and the baby were burnt up, but I don’t think cither of us look very much like it. I feel good for many more days yet.”
  • The Chaudiere team, of Toronto, Ottawa, Can., was organized in 1880, and made its first runs at Potsdam and Canton, and won second money at lroth places, and would have won first, but lacked that most essential personage, a skillful and competent coupler, which defect was immediately remedied by the engagement of John Shea, of Burlington, Vt. The team next competed at Malone, N. Y., where they were enabled to defeat the Reliefs of Plattsburgh, who won at Canton and Potsdam. In the race at Malone the Chaudiere and Relief teams tied at 59 seconds, and in the run off the Ottawa boys made the distance in 58 seconds, threefourths of a second faster than their opponents. The personnel of this year’s team is somewhat different from that of last year, the members being much heavier and more speedy. The men run in harness, that is to say their bodies are attached by belts and ropes to the reel, thus allowing the free use of the arms and a consequent increase of speed.
  • A dispatch to the daily press says that ” six members of the Danville (111.) Fire Department have been arrested on a charge of incendiarism. Barns and other buildings have been mysteriously fired for the last eighteen months, but the cause of the fires could not be discovered. Finally the Mayor offered a reward of $xooo, and several dctec’iveswent to work. The evidence against the arrested Firemen is so complete that it can be shown who applied tire match in each instance. It is alleged that the conspiracy was formed for the purpose of forcing a change from a Volunteer to a Paid Department. This, by the frequency of these fires, the t ity was compelled to do, and there conspirators, who were then members of the Volunteer Department, have got themselves into easy positions at good salaries.” When the accused are accorded a hearing we shall learn their side of the story. We are willing to wager a large apple that no case is made against them, and the whole story is a sensation got up by some ” smart ” detective.

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