RANDOM SPARKS

RANDOM SPARKS

—St. Paul, Minn., has two new chemical engines.

—Gloucester, Mass., has decided to have forty fire hydrants.

—The principal business portion of Versailles, Mo., was burned October 25. The loss is $50,000.

—Joseph Ringlestine of Rochester, N, Y., has resigned from the fire department after thirty-four years active service.

—Auburn (N. Y.) firemen, when in attendance at public places of amusement, will hereafter wear a special badge.

—O. N. Crane was recently re-elected chief of the Canandaigua Fire Department. Mr. Crane has held the office for twelve years.

—At Toronto, Ont., October 20, the premises of Elliott & Co., wholesale druggists, were destroyed by fire. The loss was $roo,ooo.

—Indianapolis firemen have discovered that they reach a fire much more quickly with the hose carriages than with their old hose carts.

—The Canada Paper Company’s works at Windsor, Ont., were burned October 22. The loss is $200,000. The fire was caused by the explosion of a lamp.

—Miss Sallio McGrath of Lexington, Ky., noted as being one of the handsomest women in the State, was burned to death last Sunday. Her dress caught fire at an open grate.

—Since the filling of the new ias-foot stand-pipe at Asbury Park, N. J., the pressure gives four good serviceable streams in case of fire. Fire plugs have been placed in all parts of the borough.

—The funeral of Peter Okerman, the first member of the St. Paul (Minn.) Fire Department ever killed on duty, took place in that city October 20. The ceremonies were very impressive.

—The Welsh distillery near Owensboro, Ky., was fired by incendiaries on October 25, and entirely destroyed. The warehouse and its contents were, however saved, and Owensboro breathes freely.

—Last year the saw mill of W. H. Billings of Duxbury, Vt., was burned. The insurance was $10,000. Recently a thirteen-year-old boy named Chauncey Armlngton has confessed that he started the fire.

—Mary Hayes of Lowell, Mass, a widow, aged sixty-five years, while going up stairs with a lighted kerosene lamp in her hand recently, fell, and was terribly burned about the headland shoulders. She will probably die.

—At a fire in St. Louis on October 5, a fire-plug burst. The escaping water carried away part of the walk, and caused the whole corner to cave in. Shortly afterwards a stranger stumbled into the gaping hole and was drowned.

—The late Jacob Tripter of Philadelphia joined the United States Fire Engine Company in 1812, and is said to have been at every fire in the city from that time until 1871. He was in his ninety-fourth year at the time of his death.

—A peat bog at Shrewsbury, New Jersey, has been on fire since July 4. It is now burning several feet below the surface and fears are expressed that it will undermine several nearby buildings. All efforts to put out the fire have failed.

—Chief Webster of Indianapolis says that one of the greatest obstacles firemen have to contend with to get to a fire are slate roofs, and further says, more damage is done on a roof of this kind in getting at the fire than is ever caused by the flames themselves.

—Fire broke out on October 25 among some Cotton bales in the hold of the National Line steamer. The Queen, while lying at Liverpool, Eng. She had arrived from New York two days before. She was pumped full of water and finally saved. The damage is estimated at $100,000.

—The new uniforms of Steamer Company No. t of Framingham, Mass., are handsome ones of the regulation style; blue coats, double-breasted, with nickel buttons. The regulation cap has a Maltese cross upon which are the letters, “ F. F. D., S. i„” which stands for Framingham Fire Department, Steamer 1.

—Farmington, Me., which was devastated by fire last week, had one obsolete hand engine and one ancient hook and ladder truck. The cisterns were nearly dry, and the only source of water supply was a little stream running through the town. At one time the Lewiston steamer was drawing water through 1000 feet of hose.

—The long drought has made itself felt in the Atlantic States. Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and New Jersey have suffered from serious forest fires during the past week, while smaller wood and brush fires have been burning in other New England States, as well as on Long Island and at various points near New York city.

—A Turlock, Cal., boy has been badly scaring the people of that place lately. He is said to be so overcharged with electricity that the mere snapping of his fingers causes sparks to By. He is charged with starting numerous fires by simply fixing his eyes upon the objects, which afterward burst into flame, and the townspeople refuse to let him attend school.

—At Pocahontas, Va., October 27, an incendiary fire destroyed sixteen houses, including two hotels. The loss is $50,000. One man is known to have perished in the flames, and several persons are missing. Only heavy rains saved the whole town. As THE YEAR BOOK makes no mention of Pocahontas it is to be presumed that the place had no fire department.

—During the great fire at Eastport, Me., recent, a strong gang of freebooters and smugglers from the islands on the Canadian side of the Passamaquoddy came down upon the town and pillaged the stores and dwellings. They were finally driven off by the armed crew of the United States revenue cutter General Woodbury, the commander of which forced all Canadian craft to leave the harbor.

—The $200,000 stone building of the Case School of Applied Science at Cleveland, O., was burned October 27. Euclid avenue, near the school, was under repairs, and the fire department wallowed helplessly through the mud while the buildings burned, afterwards finding the water supply defective. In addition to the $200,000 loss to the school, on which there was $50,000 insurance, the professors lose $50,000, uninsured.

—Among the important news recently transmitted from London to this country by the cable despatches we find that the Duke of Buckingham got up at one o’clock in the morning a few days ago to help in extinguishing a fire. This is an interesting and curious fact. The breathless interest of a great people will never be satisfied, however, until there is some explanation of how it was that a real live duke happened to be in bed at t A. M.—Philadelphia Press.

Mary had a little lamp, And tried to fill it, lighted.

She soared into the angel camp, Her earthly longings blighted.

Her sister monkeyed with the fire And, eke, with kerosene;

But, though she joined the heavenly choir,

Has never since benzine.

Their brother then, cigar in hand, Essayed to weigh out powder—

He, too, a member of the band, Helps swell the chorus louder.

—In the village of Waldpark, Germany, in the neighborhood of the Crown Prince’s palace of Potsdam, where he is now staying, a terrible fire broke out a short time ago. The Prince hastened to the scene and worked as industriously as any of the peasants in heaving stones, removing furniture and commanding the hamlet firemen. A poor family, several of whom were sick with the measles, was sent to a neighboring inn at his expense, and provided afterward by the Princess with fresh beds and warm clothes. He comforted the small children who were running about crying for their parents, and midnight arrived before he left. He returned again at break of day with a company of infantry, whom he led in a search for the remains of a lost child. One of the soldiers lost his ‘silver watch during the search, and the poor fellow was heart-broken. On the following day he was commanded to stand guard at the palaee gate. He had hardly reached his post when the future Emperor apt proached him with the question: “Well, my man, have you earned a new watch?” “ No, your Imperial Highness.” “Yes, you have,” said the Prince, and handed the astonished fellow a beautiful gold time-piece.

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