THE CHICAGO FIRE BOAT GEYSER.
The men on the Geyser have as neat and commodious quarters as any company in the department. The greatest fire boat in the world is moored at the dock at the foot of Dearborn street, ready to tear a stone building asunder at a moment’s notice. The sleeping rooms of the men are in a brick structure on the dock and are furnished in elegant style. All the electrical instruments used in the fire alarm system are in the place and under the control of competent hands. When a box that the boat has to respond to is struck, all that is necessary is for the men to unloosen the hawser, jump aboard and the Geyser is ready for business. There is no hitching up process connected with the working of this machine. The men on the boat can get to work quicker than any company on land, and when they do get to work it tells from the start. But this has been a fortunate summer for the boat up to date. The great lumber yards have behaved in a remarkably gentle manner. There has not been a fire of any importance within their confines in a year, but the driest of dry months is now at hand. Acres upon acres of lumber arc in a highly inflammable condition in the southwestern portion of the city, and should they become ignited it is difficult to conceive where the fire would stop. However, there have been lumber yard fires before and they were extinquished without much loss.—Chicago Sunday World.