RANDOM SPARKS

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—Atlantic, Ia., has contracted for Holly Water-works, to cost $62,000.

—Since the invention of fire-proof paper, says a stationers’ paper, it has been proved that the contents of valuable libraries may be absolutely protected from fire by its use.

—The wicked druggist who insisted on retailing liquid damnation in the moral town of Oberlin has been mysteriously burned out. The ways of Providence arc indeed past finding out.

—The twenty-third annual report of the ,Board of Fire Commissioners to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, has been received. A correspondent has already given a synopsis of the report.

—It is claimed that the annual parades of the Lockport, N. Y., Department are not surpassed, if equalled, by any similar demonstration in the State; that is, in the mat er of appearance and efficiency in drill.

—The proceedings of the last Convention c-f the Pennsylvania Sta’e Firemen’s Association have been printed in book form, and c n doub’lcss Ire obtained by addressing the Secretary, W. W. Wunder, of Reading.

—A young woman at Fcrt Wayne, ltd., was badly injured the other evening by the ruching about her neck catching fire from the flame of a match. Her neck and breast were seriously burned, and fiars of her death have been entertained.

—Ex-Chief C. W. Eaton, of Cedar Rapids, In , is one of the most popular men in the ci y, and he has the satisfaction of knowing that his popularity is due to the fact that he has always done his duty. His fri nds have just presented him with a gold watch and chain.

— Martin E. Reddy, a well-known and efficient member cf the Milwaukee Fire Department, has invented a fire escape which has several points of excellence. The apparatus is permanently to a building, but it is intended to be operated from the ground. A basket is fastened to cables in such a manner that every window on the front of the building can quickly be reached. A patent has been applied for.

—Jerome E. De Freest, an Engineer in the Fire Department of Troy, N. Y., has constructed a four-way Siamese connection, which, it is claimed, will throw one-third more water and is much simpler than any mechanism of the kind yet invented. Having four inlets, it can be used on one, two, three or four Steamers at the same time. A few inches from the openings, each of which is 2% inches in diameter, are automatic valves, worked by the action of the water, through which the streams pass into a funnel-shaped cylinder 18 inches long, xo inches in diameter at the inlet, and tapering to 5 inches at the outlet. The pipe is placed in a jack, and can be handled with ease by two men. The Troy Department will be equipped with the De Freest connection. Evidently THE JOURNAL’S advocacy of large streams for fire extinguishment is having its effect, as all the inventors appear to have turned their attention to Siamese connections, barring a few who still have the fire-escape fever.

—A Washington archery club proposes to offer a prize to the best toxophilite among the Firemen. During the pleasant summer months the Fire Laddies at the national capital will spend their “days off” in seeking a secluded spot whereat to practice with bow, arrow, and life-line.

—The Lime Kiln Club, of Detroit, is going to discuss the question, Which has caused the greater destruction in the world, fire or water? This subject permits deep research, and Brother Gardner and his fellow orators will have a splendid opportunity to exercise their powers of debate.

—They say that a member of the Detroit Department, while a little hilarious, went around among the boys and invited them to a little party at his Station. Neither-the Company nor the Board of Commissioners knew anything about the ” spread,” and consequently it was declared off.

—Laramie city, Wyoming, has been infested with a gang of incendiaries. The frequency and extent of fires created a reign of terror among the people. Vigilants, at last accounts, patrolled the streets, but fires continued to burst forth on every side. Wc are anxiously awaiting news of a neck-tie party at Laramie.

—A Wisconsin farmer, having an over-supply ‘of cash, put it in a tin can and placed it in a stove that was rarely used. Having company one day, his wife a fire in the spare room stove. As a result the money was badly burned. The whole lot, amounting to $447, was redeemed by the United States Treasurer, except $20.

— The following were chosen officers of the Frankfort (New York) Fire Department for 1883 at the annual election, held March 18: Chief, Thomas Honohan ; First Assistant Chief, Andrew Sterling ; Second Assistant Chief, A. F. Clark ; President, F. E. Staring; Vice-President, Chas. Higgs; Treasurer, Chauncey Horter; Secretary, Chas. B. Clcland.

—The Fire Commissioners of Boston have issued an order that the assignment of wages by members of the Fire Department will be considered a breach of discipline, and such assignment will subject the violator to dismissal. As the custom of assigning wages has many followers who will need time to straighten out their affairs, the order will not take effect until July 1.

—The long-talked of Firemen’s Fair at SouthBend, Ind., has been running during the present week. Six Companies have each had one night devoted to them, and the entertainments were ol the musical and dramatic order. The attendance was large, and a good sum of money w ill be realized. Some of the articles given by citizens and sold were of considerable value.

—The Fire Department of Woburn, Mass., numbers 99 men, officered by a Chief and six Assistants. The apparatus consists of 1 Steamer, 5 Horse Hose Carriages. 8 Hand Hose Carriages, 1 Hook and Ladder Truck, and a Fuel Wagon. There is 8500 feet of hose in use. The Gamewell Fire Alarm Telegrap is in operation, and gives good satisfaction. There were thirty-five alarms last year.

A freight train broke in two on a Michigan railway and the rear cars An into the forward ones. Five of the cars were filled with sulphuric acid for use in the copper region, to which they were billed. The concussion when the train came together broke some of the glass bottles containing the acid, which were inclosed in large casks. The fluid ran out and set the cars on fire, and they were partially destroyed.

—Captain Regan, of the Fifth District of the Boston Fire Department, has a wife, us everybody knows that knows the Captain, but he also has a span new baby, a fact which everybody dees not know, as the old veteian is trying to keep the matter secret. Mother, child and father are all doing well, especially the latter. Indeed, it is said by those who ought to know that the Captain appears to feel almost as you’-g as the baby. All praise to the old veteran.

—The proceedings of the fifth and sixth annual Conventions of the State Firemen’s Association of Texas have been issued together in neat pamphlet form. Appended are the constitution and by-laws, revised and amended. The Texas Association has, during the short term of its organization, accomplished much good, and we opine that it will live a long and useful life. The seventh annual Convention will meet at Brenh.imon Juneio, 1882. A large attendance is expected.

—The Philadelphia Fire Commissioners have recently expended much time in the consideration of the hose question, and last week awarded contracts as follows : Fabric Fire Hose Company, N. Y., 2500 feet cotton hose; Eureka Fire Hose Company, N. Y., 2500 cot ion hose ; Boston Belting & Packing Company, Boston, 1500 earbolized rubber hose; Gutta Percha and Rubber Company, N. Y., 1500 curbolized rubber hose; Boston Elastic Fabric Company, Boston, 750 feet carbollzed rubber hose.

— 1 hirty-five thousand dollars w re expended in maintaining the Fire Department of Syracuse. N. Y.. during the past fiscal year, not counting the large sum spent by Commissioner White on h s own private company. Ninety alarms of fire were responded to. and the loss aggregatd $471,551 The year was an unusually unfortunate one, there having occurred a number of fires ol more than ordinary magnitude under mitigating circumstances The Commissioners regret their inability to enforce the building laws. The apparatus and equipment of the Depart

ment were somewhat improved during the year, but the insufficient water supply still gives cause for complaint. The resignation of Chief Wood was suitably acted upon and regretted by the Board, and an increase in the wages of the Firemen advocated.

—A Cortlandt, N. Y., man has patented an automatic fire extinguisher for railroad cars. The invention consists of tanks containing chemicals in solution provided with valves and connected with parts of the car in such a manner that liquid will be automatically liberated in case of collision. If the bump is only a slight one, it will do nothing worse than spoil all the women’s bonnets.

—An electric physician at Minneapolis was experimenting with a new electric motor in his apartments when the valve was blown out through some defect in the machinery, striking a kerosene lamp and breaking it. The whole room was instantly enveloped in flames, and the inhabitants of the block shaken as if by a slight earthquake. The doctor and his wife were quite severely burned in their endeavors to put out the flames, and the latter sustained a slight fracture of the left arm and a serious cut in the neck.

—Taught by bitter experience, Red Bank, N. J., is now provided with a wellequipped Fire Department, divided into four Companies, as follows; Navesink Hook and Ladder, 60 men; Relief Engine, 48 men; Independent Engine, 45 men; Liberty Hose, 24 men. The officers of the various Companies have had more or less experience as Firemen, and as they show great interest in the service, there is little doubt that the Red Bank Department will soon take a high rank. Edward Field has been elected Chief of Department.

—The apparatus owned and used by the Fire Department of Cohoes, N. Y., consists of two Steamers with Tenders, and one Hook and Ladder Company, all drawn by horses, and three four-wheel Hose Carriages. The Harmony Company also own a Steamer, which is placed at the disposal of the city whenever it is needed. The last annual report shows that the fire losses for the year were $7319, and the insurance on buildings in which fires occurred was $277,725. This exhibit is one of which the Firemen of Cohoes have reason to be ptoud. The expenses of the year amounted to $7751. The property in charge of the Department is valued at $42,592. ,

— The official term of Benjamin Vemor as one of the Fire Commissioners of Detroit expired on April 1st, and Mayor Thompson, in tendering Mr. Vemor a reappointment, bestowed a timely and well-deserved compliment. Commissioner Vcrnor has been a member of the Board for twelve years, having entered upon his duties at a period when the present Department was in its infancy. As a Commissioner he has been active and zealous in promoting the efficiency of the Service, and has assisted very materially in making for Detroit a Fire Department of which it may justly be proud. The city and Department are to be congratulated on the reappointment of Commissioner Vemor.

—The Fire Department of Cambridge, Mass., according to the third annual report of Chief Thomas J. Casey, is composed of a Chief and three Assistants, five Steamer Companies of twelve men each, one Chemical Company of two men, two Hook and Ladder Companies ol fourteen men each, one Relief Engineer, and two Telegraph Operators. Twenty-two men are permanently employed, the remainder being call-men. The expenses of the last fiscal year were $55,721. The Fire Alarm Telegraph, the most important branch of the seivice, as the Chief says, continues to prove its value. There are sixty-five street signal boxes. Stations and apparatus are in good condition.

—Rossi, the actor, while playing at Philadelphia, sprang up, and tearing away the cloth which had been placed about his shoulders, hurled it toward the dressing bureau. In its flight it upset a candlestick on the bureau, and before its discovery the flames fairly caught in the lace with which the glass was draped. The audience was considerably alarmed, as the flames burst out frightfully near one ol the flies. Somebody shouted to the people on the stage. Rossi turned, and discovering the danger, stepped quietly to the spot, tore down the curtains and soon smothered the fire. Then he faced the audience and said in an aside, as if taking the anxious people in front into his confidence, ” Eet ees all right. Eet ees in ze play.” Confidence was restored on the moment and the play proceeded. Signor Rossi’s lie was commendable.

— Experiments have been going on at the model town of Pullman, near Chicago, for several months, with a view to use steam as a heating agent throughout the city. The experiments are now declared to be successful, and the system is now in good working order. The Corliss Engine, formerly in use at the Centennial Exhibition, generates a vast quantity of waste steam. This steam, heretofore wasted, is now used in heating houses in all parts of the city from the Enginehouse. The steam is conveyed in small iron pipes and connected with a machine in the cellar ol the dwelling. The steam here generates hot air, which is conveyed throughout the house and maintains an even temperature. To cover the cost of laying the pipes, the people using this mode of heating will be charged a fixed rate per annum, which is considerable less than the cost of maintaining furnaces. The system is found perfectly satisfactory in houses distant half a mile from the engine house.

—A number of the.Massachusetts cities and towns are awakening to the needs of their Fire Departments. Quincy, in the old Bay State, has taken a step in the right direction, lor at a town meeting held March 27, it was voted to purchase a Steam I-ire Engine and Hook and Ladder Truck, making the necessary appropriations therefor; also, the establishing of a Fire Alarm Telegraph and the purchase of a horse for the William M. French Hose Company. Chief of Department John A. Hall has been unceasing in his labors to improve his Department, and it is certainly gratifying to know that he has met with success. The La France Engine is favorably looked upon by many Firemen, and should the good old town of Quincy select this make it will no doubt get a good machine, one that in after years it will feel proud of. The election of Chief and Assistants will soon take place in this hamlet. The many years of faithful service of Chief Hall entitles him to re-election, and there should be no hesitation about the matter.

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