REDUCING NEW JERSEY FIRE RISK.
For the account of structural steel which will be acquired during the coming year for structures already contracted for in the counties of Hudson, Essex, Passaic, Bergen, Morris and Essex, New Jersey, the specifications call for an amount that will necessitate the labor of 2,000 men working one full year. Eighty-five per cent, of the industrial plants of New Jersey are wooden beamed. As rapidly as additions are made to these plants, structural steel, fireproofing anil wire glass are specified to reduce the liability of damage by fire. For their own interest, the progressive manufacturers of New Jersey, in erecting new buildings or in enlarging old structures. are careful to follow the dictates of their architects and engineers in going much farther than the statutes provide as to safeguards against fire.
Captain Hamilton, chief of London’s fire brigade, has a strong sense of humor. When in command of a small vessel he hurried up one day from his lunch table on account of threatened bad weather, and almost immediately afterward sent down a midshipman to look at the barometer. Walking aft he happened to look down the skylight. and to his amazement saw the middy fortifying himself with a glass of his best brown sherry. When the yotmster came on deck Captain Hamilton asked him how the glass stood. “Steadily rising, sir,” was the reply. “Ah,” said the captain, “and how is the sherry?” Like a shot came the answer, “Steadily falling, sir.” Hamilton so much appreciated the joke that he allowed the incident to pass without further notice,