The “Paris of America” has had its Firemen’s Tournament, and though not a complete success, owing to certain causes, one, that it was only announced about six weeks in advance, far too short a time for Companies residing at a distance to obtain particulars and make their arrangements to attend; and another, that it was gotten up under individual auspices, and, although Manager Miles came up to the front like a man and paid the prizes and expenses, with a loss to himself of not less than $1000 or $1500, still the Firemen of the country did not have confidence enough betore the affair to attend, as neither the Cincinnati Fire Department nor the citizens of Cincinnati, aided, encouraged, or even took interest to any extent in the matter, and persons writing for particulars could only learn that it was an individual enterprise. Next year, if Manager Miles repeats it, and he thinks he may, he will have the benefit of this year’s experience, and will undoubtedly announce it earlier, and also obtain the co-operation of the Cincinnati Department and the recognition of the citizens of Cincinnati, both of which are essential for its success. We take pleasure in giving Mr. Miles credit for carrying out his programme as laid down, and paying all prizes contended for in full, although from the outset it was evident that the affair was not to be a financial success. The attendance was small, both of visitors and competitors.

The first day opened with a proces ion, anything but imposing. The Tournament took place at Chester Park The performance opened with a sweepstakes for Hand Engines, run forty rods and get water through fifty feet of hose. Prizes : First, $125; second, $30; third, $25. Entries: Ocean Fire Company, of Cedarville; Defiance Engine Company, of Marietta. Judges: Bolivar Lewis, J. B. Evans, and Luther Parker, of Cincinnati, who were also judges for all the contests of the day. The Cedarville Company missed their train, so that there was no competition. The Marietta Company, under Foreman Frank Kerrs, with eighteen men on reel and forty-two on Engin e, made the run and secured water in thirtytwo seconds—of course, taking first prize. Next came a foot race, half mile, for a gold medal, open to all members of Hand Engines. There were three entries: Hal. Reid of the Ocean Fire Company, of Cedarville, and Will. Meagle and Daniel Pizante, of the Defiance Company, of Marietta. Reid made a brilliant spurt at the start, and maintained a pretty lead until, about three-quarters way around the track, Meagle passed him and came under the string in 2.25. Pizante quit before he reached the quarter, and Reid was distanced. Next came the Steamer race. Steamers to start at tap of gong, hitch, and run half mile, best two in three. Prizes; $100 to the first; $50 to second. Entries: Chief Glore, of Covington entered the ” W. E. Ashbrook,” No. 1, a second-class Ahrens, weight 6800 pounds. Company—James Sanford, Captain; John Muth, Engineer; George Boan, Driver ; W. Johnson, Stoker.

Chief Bunker, of Cincinnati, entered the “Tyler Davidson” No. 19, a thirdclass Ahrens, weight 5600 pounds. Company—John Pohlman, Captain; Otto Rayman, Engineer; James Shepherd, Driver ; Chas. Rayman, Stoker. Two heats only were necessary to decide the race. The Cincinnati Company having the advantage of 1200 pounds in the weight of the Steamers, and the best team, they won easily, though in the hitching it was noticed that the Covington Company made the quickest time. Time, half-mile, first heat, one minute, 55 seconds; second heat, twenty minutes later, one minute 53 seconds.

In the second day, as on the day previous, and also Friday, the weather was delightful, being clear, warm and pleasant. Shortly after 4 o’clock the display opened with the Volunteer Hose Companies. Premium $200 in gold. First prize $125, second $50, third $25. To run three hundred yards to plug, attach and lay one line of hose three hundred feet long from plug, break coupling, and attach pipe ready for water. The following Companies entered and contested:

Mansfield Hose Company, of Mansfield; Defiance Hose Company, of Marietta; New Richmond Niagara Hose Company No. 1. The first Company to run was the Defiance. The time made was 76 seconds, and the boys acquitted themselves handsomely in laying the line and attaching the coupling. The Mansfield Company next manned the ropes and made the run in 73 seconds to the hydrant plug at judges’stand. The New Richmond Niagara Hose Company followed, and made the connection at the plug and completed the laying of the hose in 92 seconds. Result: First money, Mansfield, O.; second money, Marietta, O.; third money, New Richmond, O.

Then followed half-mile champion foot race for members of Hose Companies. The entries were N. N. Dupuy, of the Mansfield Hose Company; William Meagle, Charles Weaver, George and William Slicker and Henry Munken, of the Defiance Company.

The three hundred yard dash for Fireman’s hat and belt, presented by J. Olson & Co., of New York, for Hose Carriages and Hand Engines, no limit to men. The Defiance Company, of Marietta, was the only one that entered, making the race in 47 seconds. The test of the Steam Fire Engines was for the following prizes : $100 to the first, $50 to the second, $25 to the third.

Entries: Cincinnati entered subs itule Steamer A. Lincoln No. 19, second class Ahrens, Company—John Pohlman, Captain; Otto Raymond, Engineer; Chas. Raymond, Stoker ; Geo. Postle and John Donovan, Pipemen. Covington entered W. R. Ashbrook No. 1, second-class Ahrens, CompanyGeo. Boan, Driver; John Muth, Engineer; W. Johnson, Stoker; Peter Shannon and Janies Sanford, Pipeman.

The Judges’ report showed :

Covington—Water, 5 minutes; too feet in 5.22 ; distance in ten minutes, 275 feet.

Cincinnati—Water, 4.38 minutes; 100 feet in 5.38; distance in ten minutes 234 feet.

Note.—The Cincinnati Steamer was a substitute Steamer, and not in good condition, hence the short throw.

The beautiful new Milwaukee Steamer was exhibited by her manufacturers at the Tournament prior to her shipment to Milwaukee. She is a nickel-plated, brass-trimmed, crane-necked, double pump Steamer, and a beauty. That skilled mechanic Chas. Ah rt ns was at the wheel, and although it was the first time she had ever been fired, things naturally working a little stiff, she made a good showing, and the Judges’ report showed: Water, 4 minutes to seconds; too feet, 5 minutes, 5 seconds; distance in ten minutes, 266 feet. The timers differed a minute, and a minute later (he distance measured 287 fee’, but the Judges not being certain as to which timer was correct, gave the record the sh trier distance.

As in the Steamer race the day before the Covington boys felt they lost the race on account of their having so much heavier an Engine, the Cincinnati boys generously offered to race again. The race took place at the close of the second day between the A. Lincoln, Cincinnati, and the W. E. Ashbrook, Covington ; weight alike. It resulted in a victory for Covington, after a hotly contested half mile race. Time, 2.09. The Cincinnati team had never been driven together before which probably lost them the race, as they did not start off promptly together.

The attendance the third day was somewhat smaller than Thursday, but the exhibition was better than on that day. The exhibition began shortly after 3 o’clock, and first came Hand Engines on distance. Premiums $175. $100 to the first; $50 to the second; third, $25. The competitors were the Defiance Engine and Hose Company of Marietta, Captain Frank S. Kerns, fifty-eight men, who used one of Button & Son’s first-class Engines ; and the Neptune Company, No. 1, of Cedarville, Cap’ain John A. Nesbitt, with thirty men on the brakes. The Neptunes used an Engine called the ” Ocean,” made In Boston in 1851. The contest began at half past three o’clock, the Defiance Company being the first to throw water. The distance thrown was 176 feet.’The Defiance used 250 feet of Akron Hose, 2‘A inches in diameter, with a nozzle K inch in diameter. The Cedarville boys then got to work with the “ Ocean,” a third-class Engine, and threw water through 150 feet of 2% inch hose a distance of 166 feet. One of the brakes broke soon after starting, thus throwing out eight men. This accounts for the short distance thrown. The first premium of $100 was awarded to the Definance Company, and the second, $50, to the Cedarville boys.

In the Championship Half-mile Foot Race, premium, gold medal, between members of Cincinnati and Covington Hook and Ladder Companies, the entries were: Wm. Johnson and Joe Meyers, of Covington No. t, and Dorey Moses and Samuel Oakes, of Cincinnati No. 1, and Wm. Lowrey, of the Twos, Cincinnati. The race was won by Okes, in 2.25%. Meyers two, I-owrey three, Johnson four and Moses five.

Next came the Hitching Test for a gold medal presented by Ahrens & Co., for the Companies making the best average time with four men, three trials to be allowed. The contestants were the Ones, of Covington, and the Fours, of Cincinnati. The Cincinnati’s trials were : First 8 seconds; second, 7^ seconds; third, 5J4 seconds; total, 20K seconds. The Covington’s time rated as follows; First, 9 seconds; second, 5 1/2 seconds; third, 10 seconds; total, 2454 seconds. Each made eight snaps, four traces, two pole chains, and two cross lines. Cincinnati’s average time, 6 11 ra seconds; Covington’s, 8 1-6 seconds.

The Championship Foot Race for hal-fmile, premium, $25 and the belt; between the winners of the Hand Engine, Hose Carriage, and Hook and Ladder foot races. The entries weie Win. Meagle and Wm. Slicker, of the Marietta Hose Company, and Samuel Okes, of the Cincinnatti Hook and Ladder Company No. 1. The race was won by Okes in 2.37^. Meagle gave out when about half way round, and Slicker came in about forty feet behind Okes.

The Hook and Ladder Time Test was for special premium. This exhibition was given by the Washington Company, of Cincinnatti. The half mile round was made in the extraordinary time of 1.23, and the time made by Parris, of the Bank street Engine, from the time the ladder was taken off the Truck until it was erected and he reached the top round, was 9 1/4 seconds.

The Hose Reel Time Test was for a gold medal. The Cincinnati No. 2 made the half-mile dash, Shipman Hart, Driver, in 1.43. The Ones of Covington, James Sandford, Driver, made the half-mile in 1.53.

This closed the programme for the entire Tournament, the sport lasting until nearly six o’clock.




There is to be a Firemen’s Tournament at Cincinnati, in connection with the Industrial Exhibition, October 1, 2 and 3. The following are the


The Tournament to be held on the grounds of the Chester Park Association. All Companies in the United States and Canada can contest for prizes at this Tournament. Each Company proposing to participate shall at the time of entering, name a representative to act as judge in the branch of service to which the Company may belong. These representatives to select three judges to act for each branch of service, and their decisions shall be final. No judge will be allowed to bet or buy pools on the result of the contest; should such be detected the representatives to appoint another judge at once. The judges will announce the result at the termination of each contest. Time-keepers shall be appointed by the representatives of each company in the same manner as the judges. All Companies and apparatus participating to be on the grounds by 1 o’clock P. M. on the day that their branch of service is to contest. The exhibition of each day as given per premium list to be followed as closely as possible, commencing at 1.30 P. M., sharp. Each Company on arriving at the grounds will at once report to the judges. The judges in each branch of service shall have power to make such arrangements at this Tournament as are not provided for in these rules and regulations. Any Company attempting to win the prizes by fraud, deception, foul play, or in any dishonorable way, or disobey, infringe on, or evade any of the requirements of these rules and regulations, will be ruled off. Companies found with ten feet less hose than rules require shall be ruled out of any contest. Companies may elect whether Plugman or Pipeman shall attach pipe. In races the usual tournament rules will govern.

Rules Governing Hand Engines. (1.) All Engines having cylinders of nine inches in diameter, or over, rank as first-class ; all under as second-class. (2.) Engines will take suction on each trial. (3.) Engines contending for prizes on distance, will be allowed twenty minutes after the Engine is drawn on the stand ready to play. Engines will play without extension, and on distance, horizontal throwing, through such size nozzle as each may select. No Engine allowed to use artificial brakes. (4.) No extra time will be allowed for twisting of hose or breakage of Engines. Three minutes allowed to replace sections of bursted hose. (5.) On distance, first-class Engines will play through 250 feet of hose, and second-class through 150 feet of hose. (6.) All Engines of every class will be allowed to contest for the prize of their class. (7.) On quantity (should such be deemed one of the tests). Engines will play for three minutes, taking suction and playing through 50 feet of hose and open butt. Engines will be allowed to get water through the hose before the word is given to put the butt into the tank. (8.) In the sweepstakes, Engines weighing 2700 pounds and over rank as first-class; all under, secondclass. (9.) Engines to start at tap of gong and run 40 rods, number of men on the ropes not limited, take suction and get water through 50 feet of hose. (10.) Hose Companies will run with Engine, laying 250 feet of hose, couple to Engine and put on pipe. (11.) Companies will report to the judges immediately on their arrival at the grounds.

Rules Governing Steamers, (1.) On distance, Steamers will be allowed rao pounds of steam, but not over, (2.) First-class Steamers will play through 250 feet of hose, second-class 200, third-class 150, fourth-class too feet. (3.) Can use any size nozzle. Will be allowed ten minutes to make play after position has been taken. On quantity (should such be deemed one of the tests), there will lie no limit to steam, with same rules as govern Hand Engines. (4.) On lime in getting up steam. 1. Time will be reckoned from the time when the smoke first issues from the stack until water has been thrown, the steam to be made from cold water without artificial means, and the usual gauges of water as in actual fire duty. 2. On time of first water thrown 100 feet from nozzle through too feet of hose. 3. On general distance thrown. (5.) Companies will re|>ort to the judges immediately on their arrival at the grounds.

Rules Governing Hose Companies. (1.) None but regularly organized Companies, who have been recognized as such for at least thirty days previous to this Tournament, can contest for the prizes, and no person shall be allowed to run with any Company who has not been a member of such Company for at least thirty days previous to this Tournament. (2.) Companies are allowed the use of any two or four-wheeled Hose Cart or Carriage, the same to weigh not less than 500 pounds without hose, and capable of carrying 500 feet of regulation hose, in actual service, safely. (3.) Distance to be run shall be 300 yards to Engine or hydrant, attach and lay one line of hose 300 feet from Engine or hydrant, break coupling and attach pipe ready for water. Each Cart or Carriage to carry not less than 350 feet of hose, reeled on Cart or Carriage in one continuous line, all couplings made. (4.) Every person takin gpart in any run shall be required to start with his Company from the starting point, Company not to exceed 18 men, Plugman shall attach at Engine or hydrant, assisted by one man if Company so elect, but the pipe must be carried from the starting point either on Cart or Carriage, or by Pipeman, (5.) On Hose races, one judge shall take position at starting point, one at hydrant and one at terminus. (6.) In all Hose Company races Companies shall each run twice, two Companies starting each time side by side ; the average time of the two runs to decide. In case of ties of Companies winning prizes, those tieing shall make the third run, (7.) Companies will report to the judges immediately on their arrival at the grounds. (8.) In the Hose races the Company on the left will connect with the hydrant on the left. The Company on the right will connect with the hydrant on the right

Rules Governing Hook and Ladder Companies. (1.) Trucks run by hand will be allowed 40 men. (2.) All Trucks will rank as one class without regard to weight. (3.) Trucks will run 300 yards, raise a thirty-foot ladder, and man to ascend to top, man to start from ground, time to be called as soon as he grasps the top rung with his hand. (4.) Each Company shall be required to carry one ladder 30 feet in length, otherwise in same condition as when ready for fire practice. (5.) None but regularly organied Companies, who have been recognized as such, for at least 30 days previous to this Tournament, can compete for the prizes, and no person shall be allowed to run with any Company who has not been a member of such Company at least 30 days previous to this Tournament. (6.) Any person taking part in any run shall be required to start with the Company from the starting point. (7.) In all Hook and Ladder races Companies shall each run twice, two Companies starting each time side by side; the average time of the two runs to decide. In case of ties of Companies winning prizes those tieing shall make the third run. (8.) On Hook and Ladder races, one judge shall take position at starting point and two at finish. (9.) Companies immediately on their arrival at the ground, will report to the judges.