RANDOM SPARKS

RANDOM SPARKS

—The Allentown, Pa., Firemen are gathering as curiosities fire hats from all parts of the State.

—Hornellsville, N. Y., is lifting up its voice in tribulation for want of much needed Water Works.

—According to a late report, it costs St. Louis $96,000 per year to pump the water that is simply wasted in that city.

—Alert Hose, of Rochester, N. Y., will visit Hudson in June next, there to be the guests of Hook and Ladder Company No. 3.

—Trouble has broken out again in the Cohoes, N. Y., Fire Department, and a lccal writer says that unless better protection is afforded, the insurance men will cancel policies held on mills in that city.

—Some enterprising thieves in Martin County, Ky., recently set fire to a man’s barn, and when the entire family turned out to extinguish the flames, they quietly entered the house and robbed it of $1,000 In money and valuables.

—The members of the Fire Committee of the Common Council, of Allentown, Pa., have petitioned the Council that the Chief Engineer of the Fire Department be paid a stipulated salary. The movement is in the right direction.

—The third annual concert and ball of Union Hook and T,adder Company No. 1, of Natick, Mass., will be held on the evening of February 6, as will also the fifteenth annual soiree of Ringgold Hose No. 1, of Newburgh, N. Y.

—Mrs. B. B. Bulwinkle and Son, of Chicago, intend paying a visit to New Orleans, La., as the guests of the family of Chief O’Connor, of that city. They will remain to attend the annual review of the Fire Department on March 5.

—It is now known as a historical fact that George Washington used to run to fifes with ” Big Six ” and yell with the best of them to “ bring up that ladder and jam in the third-story window, and break the jaw of the first son of a tinker that interferes ! “

The Rough and Ready Hook and Ladder Company, of Monmouth, Ill,, has chosen officers to serve the ensuing year as follows: Foreman, H. A. Webster; First Assistant, R. H. Randall; Second Assistant, F. A. Hohenadel, Jr.; Treasurer, R. M. Stevenson ; Secretary, Charles Brown.

—It is a singular fact that although almost every family in country towns and rural neighborhoods uses kerosene as a fluid, and the mortality from accidents from that source is remarkable, fire extinguhherg supplied with carbonic gas are hardly to be found in any vicinity where that combustible is in use.

—A Citizens’ Water-works Company, composed of leading capitalists of Maysville, Ky., has just been organized, who propose to build the Works precisely according to the Louisville bid for $15,000 less money. If the city desires to become the owner, she is permitted to pay the above amount in such sums, in such manner and at such times as she pleases.

—Chief Engineer William Howard, of the Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Fire Department, has rendered his annual account to the Council. In the Department there are 298 men, divided into three Engine Companies, three Hose Companies and one Hook and Ladder Company. Number of fires for year, 18; cost of Department, $4018 ; water, 288 hydrants.

—The other day a young man from the rural districts came to town with a load of wood and a pair of oxen, and, in the course of his wanderings, came across a fire hydrant that had been opened to clean out the pipes. He stared at the gushing water in dead silence for a moment, and then gave the alarm by shrieking : “ Gosh all hemlock 1 Here’s a hitching-post sprung a leak worse than a sugar maple.”

—Old Tiger Fire Company, of Haverhill, Mass., was organized in the year 1769, and has its records complete from 1776. The Haverhill Department has an interesting history, and is, perhaps, one of the oldest organizations of the kind in the country. The new Chief, Captain West, has an abundant supply of fire knowledge, and, what is better, brings to the office energy and a determination to win.

Dodge Centre, Minn., has a Fire Department composed of every able-bodied citizen in the place. A half dozen extinguishers do considerable execution, but the boys get in their principal work with the pail, an .implement for fire-fighting, that has received the sanction of several centuries’ use. One point in the pails favor is that there are no valves fo get out of order; however, it will hardly do for a town that wants to be classed as enterprising to depend upon it alone.

—Under the heading “Explosion In A Bed,” a Norwalk, Conn., paper tells of a married pair in Westport who, on Christmas Eve, warmed a cold bed with a glass bottle full of boiling water. The bottle exploded with a pistol-like report, drenching the occupants of the bed with hot water, and making the children up-stairs cry out with aloud cry, “Is that Santa Claus?”

—During the year 1879, the pumping Engine at the Danvers, Mass., Water Works was run on seventeen days, pumping 118,616,696 gallons of water; 317,634 pounds of coal were used in starting fires and pumping, and 22 469 pounds for banking fires, making a total consumption of 340,113 pounds. In September the water was drawn from the reservoir, and a thorough cleaning given. The town was supplied during this time by pumping direct, the pumps running slowly day and night.

—The Chieftainship of the Lapeer, Mich., Fire Department now reposes in the hands of [ames Murphy, than whom there is no better Fireman in town. Myron Blssell is the Assistant Chief. There have been no fires of late, but several new candidates for admission to the ranks have been passed through the ballot-box, and when a fire does occur it will meet with considerable opposition. Affairs in all branches of the Department^are moving on with harmonious regularity, attaining perfection day by day,

—The annual report of Almon Boys, Chief Engineer of the Ithaca, N. Y. Fire Department gives statistics as follows: Apparatus, two Silsby Steamers, third sire ; one Clapp & Jones Steamer, third size, one Hook and Ladder Truck, one axe cart carrying two Chemical Extinguishers, ore Hand Engine, and six Hose Carts carrying 500 feet of hose each. The expenses of the Department for the year were $3170. Total number of men, 377; total number of fires, 20; false alarms, 3; total loss, $23,625. There are 17 cisterns and 29 hydrants for use of the Department.

—The Water Regis’rar of Holyoke, Mass., has been invited by the officers of the Oakland, Cal., Water-works, to give them some hints about the Holyoke management. The State law there requires them to furnish the city all the water needed for fires, irrigating the public grounds, sprinkling the streets, etc., without charge, and they want to get data for a movement toward changing the law. Holyoke pays $3,000 a year for the water used at fires, and the street sprinklers pay according to the amount used, these two items being nearly enough to pay the cost of maintenance.

—Fire Department elections at Goshen, Ind., have been held with results as follows: No. 1 Engine Company—Foreman, Frank Reith; First Assistan’, Jacob Dutch ; Secretary, Daniel Haverstick ; Treasurer, C. Cline; Hose Company No. 4—President, Joseph H. Defreese; Foreman. Perry Hulwick; First Assistant, F. Coats; Secretary, Jerome Alderman; Treasurer, George Hinder; Hook and Ladder Company—Foreman, C. Miller; First Assistant, D. Dunnivan; Second Assistant, A. Clutter; Secretary, H. A. VanWert. Goshen is pitted against the world—loss in eight months, $10.

—Steamer No. 5. of the Catskill, N. Y.. Fire Department, having received a new set of flues, was taken out the other day for trial, and with roo pounds of steam and a I 3-16 nozzle threw a stream 243 feet. No. 5 is a third-class Clapp & Jones Engine, and although the Catskill Firemen do not claim to be heavy on open-butt playing, (hey doubt if ever H. J. J.’s great English Engine or the Rotary of L. A. France can beat it at nozzle playing when there are witnesses around. The Clapp & Jones .Manufacturing Company are about building a new style Engine for Reading. Pa. It is to be a double vertical crane neck with 5-inch pumps, and is intended to be the “boss ” of Reading.

—The obituary poems of G. W. Childs, A.M., of Philadelphia, all sparkle, but the following are perfect gems, surpassing the standard erected by his most confident friends, unusual interest is attached to which because of their adaptability for use by our Fireman. Exceeding great pleasure is taken in giving place to them:

” Put away the wooden hoot-jack That our Foreman used to shy At the tom-cats on the woodshed ; George’s home is in the sky.”

Mend the holes in father’s trousers. Soon they’ll fire our brother Ben ; Engine 6’s stream of water Struck him in the abdomen.”

” Mary, we shall always miss you. Gone will be your pleasant smile ; Had the oil-can been much larger You’d have gone about a mile.”

—At the recent election of officers by the Canandaigua, N. Y., Fire Department, O. N. Crane was unanimously re elected Chief Engineer; E. A. Oatman, Assistant Engineer, and H. B. Ferguson, Secretary and Treasurer, also re-elected. Chief Crane, before the elec’ion declined being a candidate, but by the unanimous wish of the Department accepted the office for another year. It is gratifying to know that the Department and Companies are well officered and in a prosperous condition. John Etts, an old Fireman, has been elected Foreman of No. 1 Steamer Company with William Spangle as his First Assistant. George W. McKechnie, has been re-elected Foreman of No. 3 Steamer Company; Peter Faber, Jr., Foreman Mutual Hook and Ladder Company, and Henry Singlub, Foreman Protection No. a. The Chief reports all apparatus in fine order.

—Chief Engineer Thomas O’Conner, of the New Orleans, La., Fire Department, has submitted his report for the year 1879. The organization consists of 19 Steam Engines, 19 Hose Carriages, about 8000 feet 2ji inch rubber hose in good order and 4 Hook and Ladder Trucks complete, in the city proper. One Company at Milneburg which is in possession of two Hand Engines, one Steam Engine, and 500 feet hose in good order, also hook, ladders, and other appliances necessary to perform service as a Hook and Ladder Company. One Chief Engineer, four Assistant Engineers and about 900 active members. Numerous additions and repairs to the apparatus have been made during the year, and the water supply has been increased and put in better condition. During the year there were 205 actual fires, 18 false or unnecessary alarms, and three general alarms. The Chief recommends the purchase of 25 alarm boxes for erection in parts of the city now unprotected, and also that more attention be paid the enforcing of laws relating to building. Fire loss for the year, $439,229; insurance, $1,421,153.

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