RANDOM SPEAKS

RANDOM SPEAKS

—Lynchburg, Va., will soon have a Paid Fire Department.

—A new Fire Organization has been put in force at Bodie, Cal.

—All the Fire Companies of Middletown, N. Y., belong to the State Association.

—The new Fire Alarm at New Britain, Conn., has been tested and decided satisfactory.

—Marlboro, Mass., has a want—Water-Aorks. It is probable that the deficiency will soon be supplied.

—When afire breaks out at Austin, Texas, the alarm is given to the Firemen by firing off pistols. They can’t miss it then.

—James Ru*h has been elected Chief Engineer of the Virginia City, Nev., Fire Department, Vice James Brown, term expired.

— Elgin, Ill., is talking of a Fire Alarm. Chief Engineer Parkin has recommended an appropriation by the Council for that purpose.

— A Hook and Ladder Company has been organized at Fargo, Dakota, with G. Marelius as Foreman. The boys have determined to make a success of it.

—Dallas, Texas, has purchased a new Silsby Engine, making two now in use. The Silsby has a good record in Dallas, the No. 1 always having given the best of satisfaction.

—The fourth anniversary of the organization of the Fountain Hose Company, of Ansonia, Conn., was celebrated at the Company House, West Ansonia, on Wednesday evening, February 11. Thanks for an invitation.

—David C. Jordan, has been elected Chief Engineer, of the Galveston, Texas Fire Department; John Guinard. First Assistant; J. T. Barrel, Second Assistant ; and E. Bothman, Third Assistant. All of these men are competent and energetic.

Chief Swenie, of Chicago, a>ks for a slight addition to his force. Watchtower duty is now done by the regular members of a Company,-much to the detriment of the proper workings of the force. What is required is an extra man to keep guard.

— The Fire Department of Montgomery, Ala., has a list of active members numbering 193, and an honorary list of 149. The alarms in 1879 numbered 34. The various Companies are in magnificent discipline, and ready for any emergency at any hour of the day or night.

— Tht* annua! election for Chief and Assistant Engineers of the Battle Creek, Mich., Fire Department resulted as follows: For Chief, 63 votes cast ; Warham

M. Noble, 6c; A. B. Powell, 3. For Assistant Chief, 84 votes cast; John G. Bohnett. 50 ; Jam^-s T. Caldwell, 33; T. G. Knox, 1.

Excelsior Hose Co No. 1 of Monterey, Ca ifornia, held an election of officers Jan. ia, which resulted as follows; W. ‘I’. Duncan, Foreman; Harry Heerdt, 1st Assistant; C. Clark, and Assistant; Thus. Harris, Secretary; J. F. Birlem, Treasurer. Delegates—Joe Brandt, J.H. Mtnl^e and E. Rheinhardt.

—The Holly system of Water-works is fast approaching completion in Troy,

N. Y. The work has employed 800 men for eight months, and cost $249,500 in all. The capacity of the pumping machinery is 6,ooo,oco gallons per day, while the maximum quantity used in the city is not over 5,000.000.

—Bartow Steam Fire Engine Company, of Savannah, Ga., has been presented with a silver water service, a testimonial of friendship from the officers of the Steamer Juniata. Foreman Franklin was made happy at the same time by a token of regard from his Company, a splendid fire hat of the latest pattern.

—The Superintendent of a Fire Brigade, who is something of a judge of horseflesh, has named two of his steeds Kerosene and Petroleum, because he considers them a pair 0 fine (Paraffine) animals. The man who gave birth to this joke was an Englishman, and he died of a fever twenty minutes after the accouchment.

— I he Chicago Common Council has passed an ordinance compelling persons who shall hereafter establish lumber yards within the city limits, without such shall be upon land fronting or abutting navigable water, to first obtain the permission of the Council. The ordinance also prohibits the piling of lumber within 100 feet of any planing mill, wood-working establishment or dwelling. Good.

—As preparations were being made on the afternoon of February 9, for a day performance of a panromine at the Theatre Royal, Dublin, the curtains in one of the boxes took fire. The flames spread rapidly, and in a few hours the whole building was destroyed, entailing a loss of $200,000, the theatre being the largest in the city. Six lives were lost, all the persons burned being connected with the place.

—Everything connected with the house of Steamer No. 8, New Haven, Conn., is ” automatic.” The latest device is the result of Engineer Sherdman’s inventive faculty. It is called the Great American Horse Feeder. By an attachment to the clock at a given hour the right quantity of oats for each horse comes tumbling down a shute into his manger. The device is very simple, reliable in its workings and will not be patented.

—The Frire Department of Winona, Minn., was in need of more hose, and the Chief recommended the purchase of 1000 feet of White Anchor. Somebody took it upon himself to charge the Chief with being pecuniarily interested, but of this there was little difficulty in making a disproval. The outcome of the matter was that the Akron Works received testimonials from all sources and good has come when harm was intended.

—A neatly printed little book containing the constitution and by-laws of Halcyon Hose Company No. 1, of Plainfield, Mich., together with a history of the Company’s organization and its record at tournaments has been received. A perusal of the book shows that the Company is composed of men of good sense and pluck. The annual election will come off in March. Plainfield has a thorough and well equipped Fire Department.

—The apparatus of the Newton, Mass., Fire Department consists of 3 Steam Fire Engines, 7 four-wheeled Hose Carriages, and 1 Hook and Ladder Truck. The manual force numbers 86 men. The expenses of the year footed up $22,610. Total loss for year, $17,018 ; loss above insurance paid, $1545. The Department is competent to meet any emergency. An increase in alarm boxes and hydrants is desired by the Chief, H. L. Bixby.

—The fire boys, of Canton, O., had a remembrance on the evening of February 9. Steamer No. 1, and Hose No. 7, were promptly on hand, and the blaze was under control before much damage was done. Hook and Ladder No. 1 was also promptly on hand, and Hose No. 8 came in time to see that the fire was out, but as usual, as is charged by a gentleman with the ambiguous signature of “ A Citizen,” Hose 3 and 4 kept themselves dark.

—During January the Detroit Firemen were called out 14 times. There were 9 fires and 5 false alarms. The losses entailed by the actual fires were estimated at $1,680. and the property damaged was insured to the amount of $5,675. Only one loss of $280 was not covered by insurance. The causes of the fires and alarms were: Incendiarism, 1; hot ashes, 1; defective chimneys, stove pipes and fire places, 6; burning chimney, 3; explosion, 1; miscellaneous, 5.

—The Firemen of Aurora, Ill., held their annual election of officers at the council chamber on Thursday, February 5th. The meeting was well attended, and considerable interest was manifested. William Egermann, of the West side, was chosen Chief Engineer, a id Michael Hasset, of the East side, Assistant. The election is r.ot a finality, the F’iremen only expressing their preferences. The appointing power is in the council, but that body will without doubt confirm the nominations made by the Firemen.

—At the recent meeting of the Board of Control of the Iowa Firemen’s Association, in conversing about collecting statistics in regard to the Fire Departments of Iowa, it transpired through Chiel Eaton, that one place, quite a large town, returned answers to a circular sent out as follows: “Have you Waterworks ? ” “No.” “Steamer?” “No.” “Hose Carts?” “No.” Hand Engine?” “ No.” “ Bucket brigade? ” “ No.” What do you depend on to subdue conflagrations ? ” “ Rain storms and God Almighty.”

—A fight is going on between the Fire Department of Eureka, Nevada, and the Cour.ty Commissioners. The Firemen threaten to disband if the Chief Engineer is not allowed to conduct the affairs of his Department without interference, an independence the Commissioners are unwilling to grant them. The press is calling on both sides to avoid ill-considered action,and hopes the difficulties may be amicably adjusted. The “ laddies” are a tower of strength in Eureka, and if they are united they will bend the authorities to their wishes.

—The annual election of the San F’rancisco Exempt Fire Company resulted in the choice of the straight ticket, headed by E. B. Cotter. There were two other tickets in the field, and 176 votes cast. Those elected were: President, E. B. Cottar; Vice-Presidents, John W. Cherry and John C. Griswold; Secretary, Geo. W. Corbell; Treasurer, Archibald Wason. Executive Committee—August Browning, R. D. Blauvelt, Wm. F. Canham, John Brougham, William E. Duffey, D. D. McClellan, Bernhard Wolff, J. W. Kentzel, John W. McCormick, J. J. Mahoney.

—We should say to Barnicoat the correspondent from Boston of the New York FIREMAN’S JOURNAL, that we have in this city a Steam Fire Engine that was buil* in 1858, that can throw a i#-inch nozzle stream 214 feet for one hour without varying ten feet; and, what is more, it has performed the same in public for a wager against another Steam Fire Engine. To make a pop-squirt of 300 feet, and then to come down to 150 feet in order to gather steam, is not what is wanted. A Steamer that can throw a solid body of water for one hour is worth ten such steamers. —Philaddph Mercury.

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