Students Burn Their Sorrows
A supposedly private “burning” was arranged by students at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N. J., to forget some of the difficult courses of the year. To be exact, an effigy of calculus was to be thus dedicated to the fire.
Firemen who cram hydraulics, problems in administration, laws and ordinances, and industrial hazards believe no phase of education could be more difficult. But students enrolled for engineering work dread the coming of calculus, a course of higher mathematics. No wonder, then, after the prescribed term of instruction had ended, that an effigy should be burned to symbolize sleepless nights and studious hours.
But firemen from Hoboken thought otherwise. No party centering about a bon fire could be staged without inviting them. They came, although the students did not send for them. Firemen commenced to play hose streams on the fire.
Students rushed the firemen, captured the nozzle and turned it on the fire fighters. No serious damage was done although every one got wet.
And although burned in effigy, calculus remains to torture the oncoming class of would-be engineers.
Oakley, Cal., Wants to Form Fire District—A petition was presented in Oakley. Cal., asking for the formation of a fire district and the purchase of fire apparatus.
Bayonne, N. J., Awards Station Contracts—Awards have been made for the construction of two new fire stations for Bayonne. N. J.
Looking for a Safer Match—The Bureau of Standards is carrying on experiments in the hope of finding safer matches. It has been noted that the average life of a lighted match is about thirty seconds. But from six to fourteen seconds are required to satisfactory light a cigar or a pipe. Any part of the match that burns after this function has been performed is responsible for most of the fires attributed to matches. It has been estimated that 500,000 matches are used in the United States every minute, and a fair idea of this hazard may he obtained.