THE CINCINNATI TOURNAMENT.
HELD OCTOBER I, 2 AND 3.
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.