RANDOM SPARKS

RANDOM SPARKS

—Columbus, O., has good water works, and they are under the best of control. They were operated last year at a profit of over $20,000.

—The new Hose Company ordered formed by the Council at Rochester, Minn., has been organized. It takes the place of Independent No. 3, disbanded.

—The Common Council of Paterson, N. J., have voted to purchase another Steamer. A competitive test will be held and the winner will leave his Engine.

—Oskaloosa, Ia., has given a contract calling for the construction of the Holly system of Water Works. Sixty thousand dollars is the amount to be paid the builders.

—The Fire Department of Geneseo, N. Y., has arranged for its annual parade September 16. The Departments of Danville and Avon have been invited to participate.

—Little George Dobble playfully set fire to a heap of brushwood close to a powder magazine at Marquette, Mich Curiously enough this happened on the last day of George’s life.

—The Pacific Life, a well-known paper of San Francisco, contained in its last i sue, a merited acknowledgment of the services rendered the City of Oakland, by Chief of Fire Department James Hill.

—The Fire Companies of Hyde Park, Ill., united recemly in holding a grand picnic. The day was passed pleasantly in various festivities, chief of which was the hose race. Company No. 3 carried off the prize trumpet.

—The returns are not all in yet—there has been intimidation in the South—but so far THE JOURNAL has learned that 11,439 Firemen arose from th ir beds on the night of July 3d, for the purpose of putting out the small boy’s annual bonfire.

—The active little city of Beloit, Wis., is discussing the question of water works’ Doubtless the citizens will soon come to an agreement about the matter, and then a copious supply of water will soon be had, both for domestic and fire purposes.

—The Firemen’s Tournament at Tiffin, O., given in honor of the visit of the Good Will Fire Company of Allentown, Pa., to that city, was a very enjoyable affair, and the visitors were much honored by the evident pains taken to entertain them.

—The members of the Goshen, Ind., Fire Department have elected to their commanding office W. A. MoClenithan, a respected and energetic member of the organization. The recent death of the former Chief, James Drake, of which notice was made, will be called to mind by the reader.

—The test of the remodeled self-propeller at Milwaukee left no doubt of the efficiency of the Engine. In 9 minutes and 50 seconds sufficient steam was generated from cold water to throw a stream from a iJ4 inch nozzle 227 feet. This was very good work considering there was strong cross wind blowing at the time of the trial.

—The annual parade of the Hornellsville, N. Y., Fire Department, was held September II. An effort was made by both members of the Department and citizens to make the occasion one long to be remembered, and it was a complete success. The EUicott Hook and Ladder Company, of Jamestown, was invited to join in the festivities, but the invitation was necessarily declined.

—The first annual re-union of the veteran Firemen of New Haven, Conn., was held September 4, and was a complete success in every particular. The exercises were held at one of the suburban hotels, and consisted of speeches, anecdotes, routine business, and a grand clambake. Each member was provided with a badge which read, ” New Haven Veteran Firemen’s Association, organized July r8, 1879.”

—Paterson, N. J., was all ablaze Monday, September 8, not with fire but with Firemen. The annual parade of the Fire Depaitment was to blame for all this. There were between 650 and 700 Firemen in the line, many foreign Companies being present to take part in the festivities, and the display made was gorgeous. Not only the Firemen were pleased wi h the doings of the day ; their feelings were shared by the citizens, to a man.

—Elmira, N. Y., is one of the foremost cities in the country in the matter of fire interests and Fire Departments, and the towns surrounding it partake largely of its activity. One reason for this is that the public in general interests itself in the doings of the Firemen, the newspapers being ready backers. In a recent number the Sunday Telegram, of Eimira, contained life-like portraits of Winfield S. Newman, the new President of the State Association, and of Frank M. Baker, the Secretary. Such enterprise will surely be rewarded.

—The apnual parade and inspection of the New Lots, L. I., Fire Department will take place Monday evening Sept. 15, commencing at 7 P.M. The line of march will be formed in District No. 1, under the directions of Chief Thos. J. Foren, and Assistant George F. Browning, and will pass through the principal streets of the town, ending at the Town Hall, where apparatus and men will be inspected by the Town Board. De Graw Hose Company, of Jamaica, L. I., will be the guests of Alert Pump Company No. i, and will take part in the parade.

—The Chicago Fire Department is so often heard of, and its equipment and management are known to be of so high a class, that it is one of the first things turned to by the visitor to the city. During the past week the workings of the Department were inspected by the following firemen : Thos. O’Conner, Chief New Orleans Fire Department; James Walsh, Salvage Corps, New Orleans; M. X. Chuse, Chief Bloomington Fire Department; H. H. Rebbeck, Assistant Chief Cleveland Fire Depa-tment; James Dale, Assistant Engineer Brooklyn Fire Department, andV-il.G. Dickhout, Chief Terre Haute, Ind., Fite Department.

—In Pittsfield, Mass., there was a dispute over the invention of the fire alarm tested in the First church tower last week, Friday, and there is a likelihood of two applicants for a patent upon it. Addison M. Chapel, the machinist under whose supervision the machine was put up, and Superintendent of Hose Department, Joseph H. Wood, both lay claim to the invention. Wood filed an application for a caveat August 18, before the hammers were put on, and proposes to have it patented; and Chapel is a’so an applicant for a patent. The machine needs some further improvement, that tested being the one originally built by Clark & Co., with the exception of the cams, levers and hammers.

—A test of a Chemical Engine was made in connection with the Iowa State Fair, at Des Moines. A building of seasoned boards was constructed, and this was filled with two barrels of tar, one-half barrel of benzine, five empty tar barrels and two loads of kindlings. In a few moments after the match was touched to the combustible material there was the liveliest kind of a conflagration The Engine, after the flames were bursting out of the roof and sides of the structure, started from its station at Power Hall and in a minutes and 48 seconds had the fire extinguished, the salvage being 85 per cent. The test was made under the superintendence of B. H. Badger, the State agent for Iowa of the Consolidated Fire Extinguisher Company.

-During the incendiary fires last Spring, at Columbus, O., a local paper received three anonymous postal cards. The handwriting of each was different. One had red spots on it. The writer said he was a tramp. Recently a letter was received in the same handwriting, calling attention to the red-spotted postal of March 8th and to the big stable and warehouse fires that have occurred since, to verify the threats made by the postal in Mareh. The Neil stock-yard fire is one of three or four prominent fires mentioned as having been started by the writer and his accomplices. He threatens to keep it up, but gives no reason why, and s»ys in his postal that he is not a tramp. The reason given in March for the incendiary work was to give labor to unemployed persons.

—John W. Stewart, of Sedalia, Mo., deputy circuit clerk of Ihe county, has been arrested charged with arson. Sev, ral large buildings have been burned, Stewart was suspected of being the incendiary. Expert detectives were employed to watch his manoeuvers, but failed to secure positive evidence against him. The fact that he, as a rule, was the first to give the alarm and then-worked like a Trojan to extinguish the flames was noticeable on all such occasions, and his friends are disposed to believe him a monomaniac on the subject of fires. Stewart denies everything, but proofs are positive against him. He is a hard-drinking man, and on oneoccision, a few years ago, shot a man named Blossom, while laboring under the excitement caused by liquor and the burning of a house.

—According to the report of 1878, the Fire Department of Berlin, Germany, consists of 825 men of all grades, including saving corps, which forms a regular auxiliary; 92 horses, 34 large Hand and 2 Steam Engines (now 4), complete lifesaving apparatus, Fire telegraph, Engine-houses, with sub-stations over the whole city ; in short, all and everything belonging to a complete Fire Department. During the year 1878, 1204 actual fires took place, among which only 7 cases were proven to be ol an incendiary character. From a total of $866,000,000 insurance within the City of Berlin, the loss by fire to the respective insurance companies covering said sum amounted to only $360,000, or a small fiaction over 40 cents per thousand, while the average loss to the companies during the past ten years was 45 cents per thousand.

—East Newark, N. J., has had the first fire since the organization of its Fire Department. Did the Fire Department distinguish itself? No; it was conspicuous by its absence. The alarm sounded, and the Engines from Newark proper were soon on the ground, ready for work. But where were the East Newarkers ? All eyes were turned in their direction, but their presence could not be discerned. Such conduct on the part of a new company, eager for strife and victory, was unaccountable. Investigation, however, elicited the cause of their non-appearance. A member of the Common Council vouchsafed the information that ” the Engine was all polished up ready for a parade, and it wouldn’t have been quite the thing to take her out.” The East Newark Department is composed evidently of dressparade Firemen. In most places parades are subservient to fires, but not so at East Newark. Give them the cake; they take the prize for damphoclery.

—The Fire Department of Olean, N. Y„ is made up of two Companies, Fountain Hose Company and Pioneer Hook and Ladder Comp any, with the following property : 1 Hose Cart, 400 feet leather hose, 500 feet rubber hose, tooo feet linen hose, 1 Hook and Ladder Truck, 1 extension ladder, 3 ladders, 4 pike poles, 2 ladder braces, 3 hooks, 2 ropes. 20 rubber buckets, and other paraphernalia. The Hook and Ladder Truck, to fully complete It, needs a fire extinguishers. There is also 1 Hand Engine in fair working order. Since the above, taken from the report of the Chief Engineer, was written, a ‘new Company has been formed with the following organization, the name of the Company being Citizens’ Hose Company No. 2: F. C. Mayer, Foreman; C. J. Thyng, First Assistant; C. E. Brett, Second Assistant; Howard Strong, Secretary ; E. W. Conklin, Treasurer. The officers of the Department are: W. H. Mandeville, Chief; Hosea Rhodes, First Assistant; M. B. Fobes, Second Assistant; H. Scheutz, Secretary; A. H. Abby, Treasurer; Thos. Randolph, Foreman Fountain Hose No. 1; Dana Hatch, Assistant; John Beden, Secretary; H. Scheutz, Treasurer; Harry Pullman, Foreman Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company No. 1; J. Weiss, Assistant; W. R. Wright, Second Assistant; W. R. Page, Secretary ; S. Riech, Treasurer.

—The first general parade the Firemen of Westport, Conn., ever had occurred September 3. Never in the history of that town did so many persons congregate there at one time as upon this occasion. The procession was very extensive, including in its ranks over 700 Firemen. We will not attempt to name all the distinguished Chiefs and others ;n the line, but here are a portion of the Companies and bands: Fire Police, Norwalk, 15 men; Fire Police, Danbury, 17 men; Oid Volunteer Fire Department, Bridgeport; St. Augustine Band of Bridgeport, 20 men; Vigilant Engine Company, Westport, 24 men; Putnam Hose Company, South Norwalk, 22 men; Excelsior Drum Corps, Bridgeport, 8 men; Old Well Hook and Ladder Company, South Norwalk, 25 men; Westport Cornet Band, 18 men ; Compo Engine and Hose, Westport, 54 men ; Howe Drum Corps, Bridgeport, 12 men; Phoenix Engine (Steamer), Norwalk, 32 men; Washington Hook and Ladder Company, Danbury, 22 men; Bethel Cornet Band, 23 men; Alert Engine Company, Bethel, 60 men; Howe Band, Bridgeport, ao men; Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, Westport, 37 men; Hope Drum Corps, 8 men; Hope Hose Company, Norwich, 20 men; Portchester Cornet Band, t8 men; Pioneer Hook and Ladder Company, Norwalk, 33 men; Ci it ns’ Band, Bethel, 23 men; Grassy Plain Engine Company, 72 men; Compo Engine Company, Jr., Westport, 44 members, all boys, In uniform.

—The report of Chief Littlefield, of the Portland, Me,, Fire Department, for the fiscal year ending March 1, 1879, gives the whole number of fires during the year at 41, with loss at $41,825, and insurance, $37,620; loss over insurance $4205. The apparatus consists of 5 Steam Fire Engines in service, 1 Steam Fire Engine in reserve, 5 one-horse Hose Carriages run in connection with Engines In summer, and 5 traverse runner hose sleds in winter: 2 Hook and Ladder Trucks In service and fuly equipped ; 3 Hose Carriages in reserve, with hose to be used In case of need ; I Hand Engine with Volunteer Company. The Fire Engines In service are in good order. There is 15,500 feet of hose in use in the Department, some of which is in poor condition. The fire alarm telegraph works satisfactorily. Only one horse is owned by the Department, which is used to draw Eagle Hook and Ladder Truck No. 2, and to do other Department work. The Chief earnestly recommends that the horses used for hauling apparatus be owned by the city, and that the drivers be hired and governed by the Chief. There are 226 hydrants in use. The force of the Department consists of a Chirf Engineer, 4 Assistant Engineers, 5 Steamer Companies of 15 men each, 1 Hook and Ladder Company of 20 men, 1 Hook and Ladder Company of 10 men, 1 Volunteer Hand Company; total force of active Firemen no. The runing expenses of the Department for the yea’were $15,330,15; salaries 11,981.00; total. $27,311.15.

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