THE BALL NOZZLE AGAIN.
We have mentioned recently in the columns of FIRE AND WATER that the American Ball Nozzle Company was progressing in a remarkably rapid manner with its patent nozzle. In addition to the information already published, we are pleased to state that the fire commissioners of this city have adopted the appliance. This action was taken by the commissioners after witnessing many tests of the nozzle, and Chief Bonner had reported that he was satisfied with the results. The nozzle has been on trial with the firemen of New York for several months, and the chief is now convinced that its value is established beyond a doubt. Several buildings were reported to Chief Bonner as having been saved by its timely use, and in one particular case, namely,the fire at the Clarendon Hotel,the hall nozzle proved particularly effective. The fire was in the air chamber, and the firemen tried to enter it through a trap door witli a straight steam of water, hut the flames prevented their doing so. They then tried the ball nozzle, which was handled by one hose man, and he had no difficulty in making an instantaneous entrance, and in a few moments subdued the fire which might otherwise have proved of a serious character.
FIRE AND WATER has frequently described this appaiatus, and there is no doubt from the manner in which it is appreciated by the prominent chiefs of the United States, that it is destined to he a staple tool in the departments.