Test of Ahrens Engine.

Test of Ahrens Engine.

Omaha, Neb., has recently tested and purchased a first-size Continental engine, the order for which was placed with the Ahrens Fire Engine company by the commissioners of that city, although the price to be paid for it was not the lowest, and the firm did not solicit the order. The commissioners, before placing the order with the Cincinnati firm, had investigated on their own account the working of similar engines in different cities where thev are in service. The Omaha machine is of smaller size than two of the old engines in use there; but it proved itself of equal capacity. Four lines of hose of 100 ft. each, with 4 1-in. nozzles, were attached and siamesed. and within a very few minutes after the fire had been started under the boiler a powerful iH-in. stream was thrown 50 ft. above the city hall tower, which is 192 ft. Four separate streams were also thrown for nearly a block, each one of which easily reached the roof of the city hall.

TEST OF AHRENS ENGINE.

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TEST OF AHRENS ENGINE.

An Ahrens engine was tested last week at Columbus, Ohio, and at once accepted, as having more than met the requirements. Sufficient steam to run the engine was raised in four and a half minutes, and two powerful streams were thrown 250 ft. The specifications called for a capacity of 600 gals, per minute; the engine threw 750. It is of the Continental type, third-size, and weighs 6,800 lbs. It has been installed tor service in No. 9 house.

A local paper of Albion, Ind., says eight firealarm boxes are to be placed which will signal the central station bv breaking the glass with a hammer provided with each box. Such an arrangement as this would not last very long in New York. The boys would soon lay claim to the hammers, and what would then become of the alarm? It is really ridiculous to read of such contrivances in the present day, when reliable electric fire alarms may be installed on such reasonable terms and guaranteed durability.