The Endurance of a Fireman.
Fire in the plant of Morris Jacking, Kansas City, Kan., called out all the firemen of the city and subjected their powers of endurance to an unusually severe test, the result of which was that half of the department on the Kansas side were overcome by the intense heat. Fourteen of them, including Chief John McNarrey and Assistant Chiefs O’Lind and T. T. Drummy; Captains A. Smith and T. Morrissey were taken to the hospital. Of the others, lloseman Finn had his head crushed by a falling beam and will die, and lloseman Baker will probably lose his sight. Nearly all the .firemen injured were working in doorways of the fire wall on the fourth and fifth floors. Some, however, were on the roof and others were on the fire escapes. One who fell unconscious on the roof had to be carried down six stories. Others lay unconscious on the floor, dropping one by one to the number of a score.
As soon as one succumbed, his comrades, where possible, closed up their line and none loft hose or nozzle voluntarily till they also had to be carried out. some from the fire escape platforms, some from the floor of the burning building. to a temporary hospital in a nearby stable. All that were able to work after having been revived returned to duty. The chief and his assistants worked with their men. helping on lines and leading the advances into the fire until their turn came to be carried off the scene. It was not. however, till the heroic band of firemen, worn out by holding the heavily charged hose, a work which taxed all their energies, were blinded by the smoke and choked by the fumes, that any one of them gave in. The lire was a hard one to light Its start was in the third and fourth floors, whose steel fire doors, nearly red hot, were closed, and behind them ranged the flames fed by the inflammable grease that covered floors and timbers. The firemen worked on them to force them open, but in vain, and not a drop of water could he thrown in to the interior of the building from that side of the building till the flames themselves did the work of locksmiths, and by the force of the intense heat burst them open. In spite of the fierce volume of smoke and fire that followed the snapping open of these doors, the firemen were on,hand, and till the flames made an opening for themselves through the fifth and sixth floors and the roof, stood unflinchingly at their posts, handling two lines of hose at each fire door, and in spite of the terrible, heat and their diminished numbers, fought their hard and continuous fight for several hours and saved the main building. Only by crouching low down almost to the level of the floor could they get air. such as it was. to breathe, and the high power steamer from East Kansas City caused such a severe pressure as called for double the number of firemen to handle the hose.
West Bend. Wis.. will utilize the pumps of a brewery in case of its waterworks pumping engines breaking down. Connection with the city mains has been made The brewery pumps from an abundantly flowing artesian well of very fine water.