RANDOM SPARKS

RANDOM SPARKS

—John T. Larkin has been appointed Chief of the Rockford, Ill., Fire Department.

—Baltimore’s new Truck-house is a model in its line, and is a great credit to all concerned in its building.

—Hope Fire Company, of Harrisburgh, Pa., will give a fair, to assist in the work of re-building the Company House.

—The good citizens of Philadelphia are still crying out for a Fire Alarm Telegraph that will do what is required of it.

—The Firemen of Greenville, Pa., have a bran new Steamer, and they are consequently very happy. The Engine is a Silsby, and it does all that is required of a first-class machine.

—At a large fire at Erie, Pa., on the night of D.c mber 13, two Firemen were killed by falling walls. The loss in money was $100,000, and one hundred hands were thrown upon their own resources.

—Fighting Tommy Ryan, otherwise Thomas J. Ryan, a somewhat noted politi. cian of Philadelphia, and a member of Engine Company No. 23, of the Fire Department, was killed in a bar-room brawl one night recently. Tommy was a ” tough nut,” and the police say he has been the originator of many rows at balls of a cheap order.

—St. John, N. B., was kept without water for twelve hours recently by anchor ice in the sluice. The water-works have been in operation for 30 years, and such an occurrence never happened before.

—There are nowon the rolls of the Paid Department’s Relief Fund, of Philadelphia, over 500 members. Each member is taxed one dollar on the death of a companion, which is paid over to the heirs.

—One of the appliances used in some of the Fire Departments in Germany is a fire-box filled with chemicals, the fumes of which make a powerful fire extinguisher. Another, is a fire-proof dress for Firemen.

—Greylock Hook and Ladder Company, of Pittsfield, Mass., gave its twelfth annual ball and concert on the evening of December 9, with great success. The attendance was large and the net receipts very satisfactory.

—Tv o new Fire ComDanies of eight men each are to be organized immediately by Marshal Sweenie, and placed in service in the Chicago Fire Department. The houses for temporary use are already completed, and the Engines have been received.

—Pensacola, Fla., has suffered the loss of seventy-five buildings by fire, including the custom house and records. The only Steam Fire Engine in the city was apart for repairs, and two hours were required to put it in order, while the flames were raging. The estimated loss is $500,000.

—Alert Hose Company, of Rochester, N. Y.. celebrated the twenty-second anniversary of its organization on December 6. This Company has always been one of Rochester’s most prized institutions, and its roll of membership has from time to time contained the names of many prominent men.

—Fire Marshal Bunker, of Cincinnati, is urging on the Board of Public Works the expediency of a fire alarm gong for the city water-works office, so that a sufficient supply of water can be turned on whenever a fire is announced. The estimate cost is $50. The necessity of such notice being conveyed to the water office has made itself evident on several occasions.

—At the Odd Fellows’ Fair at Providence, R. I., during the week ending December n, a Fireman’s suit voted for was awarded to James Dowling, of Hose No. 1. The voting was very closely contested. The candidates were Hurbert L. Burrows, James Dowling, William Hale and David Nott. Hale and Nott withdrew, leaving the fight between Burrows and Dowling.

—A friend of THE JOURNAL in Canada says his brain is bothered over the question whether Johnny Shea, of Burlington, Vt., who has recently been giving some instruction to the Chaudiere Hose Company, of Ottawa, is a Firemen or a professional runner. THE JOURNAL can vouch forjohnny’s right to the title of Fireman. He is not a professional runner but a professional fire-fighter.

—A telegram dated at Akron, O., December 12, says, Mrs. Oscar W. Wright was bound over in $500 the day before, on the charge of setting fire to the Mershton hotel, in the Sixth ward, which burned last Thursday. The evidence is mainly circumstantial. She is suspected of having part in a number of incendiary fires which occurred in Stow township, a few miles north of the city, about a month ago.

—A Montreal correspondent asks if there is at present in existence any method whereby the numbers of the alarm boxes now in use in his city can be shown in the Engine-houses while the general alarm is being sounded. The Crane indicator manufactured in Boston by Moses G. Crane and Sons, is intended for this purpose. It is in use in many first-class Fire Depa-tments, and it can be relied upon.

—One of the best Fire Departments in this country is that of Joliet, lb., of which J. D. Paige is the Chief. Mr. Paigehas devoted both time and money freely to his Department, and to him is due great credit for services that have placed it in the front rank. On the evening of December 5 a banquet was given the members of the Department by the Chief, and each Fireman received a neat silver badge from the same generous hand.

—” Last Sunday night,” says the Mauch Chunk, Pa., Gazelle, ” Joseph Kalbfus was awakened by the whining of his dog in the lower part of the house, and hastening to ascertain the cause he was met at the stair door by his faithful dog and led to the sitting room, where he found the range, which had been left filled with coal and draft on, burning furiously, and the wood work of the mantel almost in a blaze. But for the intelligence of the dog we should doubtless have had a conflagration to report.”

—The latest developments in the case of the Pittsfield, 111., incendiaries are exciting the people of the county. At the examination of Bill Lame, who is under arrest, it was proven that he was in possession of numerous stolen articles, which were identified,—leading to the belief that he was guilty of burglary as well as arson. The town lost two business houses on Wednesday of last week, by fire. Value of the houses, $6700; no estimate yet of the contents. On Thursday Larne returned to bis old habit of turning State evidence, and Charles Potter was arrested. Thursday night two fires broke out in the building next to the ruins; and the stock of a drug store and a newspaper office were hastily removed. The next morning a livery stable was burned, setting fire to the Oregon House. Had not this last blaze been extinguished the largest stores in town would have burned. As may be imagined, so many fires in a town of 2500 population create much excitement,

—A correspondent asks us if the suit brought by the New York Bel ing and Packing Company against the American Fire Hose Company, of Boston, for infringement of patent, has ever been brought to trial, and, if so, desires to know the decision arrived at. The suit has not yet come to trial for the reason that the counsel employed by the American Hose Company has contrived to put it off from time to time, thus securing a delay since early in the spring. The case is still on the calendar to be tried, and it is expected to reach a definite hearing within a few weeks.

—John F. Haley, who resigned his position in the Indianapolis Fire Department a tew days ago for one on the I. C. & L. Railroad, was the recipient of a beautiful lamp, presented to him by his friends of Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, and Reel Company No. 10, of which Companies he had been a memb*r. A solid silver shield on the lamp bears the following inscription : Presented to John F. Haley as a token of respect by his friends of the Indianapolis Fire Department, Herman Oehler, William H. Dooley, Anthony Voltz, William S. Robinson, John R. Toole, Herbert E. Clapp, William Castow, Martin McCuff, August Ruschhaupt.

—The charming little operetta ” The Land of Nod” has proved a popular hit for the Christmas number of St. Nicholas. It is easily gotten up, at slight expense, and proves a delightful entertainment, adapted to any season of the year. It is already in active preparation In many places, and attractive addl ional music has been wiitten for three or four of the recitations, which Scribner Sc Co. will send to those desirous of bringing out the operetta. A pleasant announcement made by the editors is that (hey have secured for their next numb r a story of Indian life by Inshtatheamba (Bright-eyesl, the daughter of an Omaha chief who has been traveling through the States during the last two years under the protection of two of her kinsmen, trying to rouse the conscience of the whites to the rights of her race.

Chinatown,” a well-known district in San Francisco, Cal., recently suffered quite a serious baptism by fire. While two intrepid Firemen were skirmishing around the upper floor of a dwelling-house they stumbled over what they thought was the prostrate form of a daughter of the flowery kingdom. Their hearts went out to the fair creature, and they quickly bore her to the optn air. No signs of life were discernable, but they plucked the tail feathers of a rooster who was crowing with delight in the vicinity, and after singeing them, applied them to her nostrils. Their efforts were in vain, and after ten minutes had been spent in the noble work of attempting to resusitate their patient, they gave up the case as hopeless. They discovered about that time that they were wasting their energies upon a stuffed Goddess of Joss.

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