THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS.
August 30 and 31—Illinois State Firemen’s Association, tournament, at Ottawa.
September 6, 7 and 8—Kansas State Firemen’s Association, convention and tournament, at Abilene.
September 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10—Montana Firemen’s Association tournament, at Butte.
September 6, 7, 8 and 9—National Association of Western Chiefs, convention, at Portland, Ore.
September 7—Suffolk County Firemen’s Association, at Greenport, L. I.
September 20—Pennsylvania State Firemen’s Convention, at Hazleton.
September 27, 28 and 29—Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association, convention at Northampton.
September 28—New Jersey State Firemen’s Association Convention, at Trenton.
October 4, 5 and 6—National Association of Fire Engineers, convention, at Louisville. Ky.
October 4 and 5—Tri-County Firemen’s Association, convention and tournament, at Catskilt, N. V.
October 5—Fire Department of Pcekskill, N. Y., parade and tournament.
October 5—Fire department of Peekskill. N. Y., parade and tournament.
October 5 and 6—Virginia State Firemen’s Association, convention, at Charlottesville.
Ninety-four members of the Buffalo Exempt Firemen’s As. sociation arrived in New York Monday. They were met at he Christopher street ferry by a delegation of more than 100 members of the Veteran Firemen’s Association of New York. The visitors will remain here until Saturday and will be royally entertained. Most of the officers of the Buffalo association were detained, and did not arrive until Tuesday. Among those who arrived are W. K. Churchyard, Jacob Shoemaker, George W. Ifibach and Jacob May, each of whom is an exchief of the Buffalo Fire Department. Mr. Churchyard is also vice-president of his association and a member of the Buffalo Fire Commission. After the visitors had breakfasted they were taken to the l.eroy street pier, where they boarded the steamboat Myndert Starin, and with the home firemen visited Ellis Island. They were shown through the institution by Colonel Welicr, superintendent of immigration. The visitors were greatly interested. Colonel Weber ami Ccneial O’Beirne made speeches to the visitors, and then the excursionists took a sail up the Fast river. Later in the week they were entertained by the Brtmklyn veteran firemen and Volunteer Firemen’s Association of this city.
Director Beitler of Philadelphia the other day opened bids for the construction of a fire boat for the use of the city on the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Councils appropriated $140,000 for the purpose, but, as all the proposals received were considerably beyond that figure, the contract could not be awarded, and councils will be asked to increase the amount of the appropriation. The specifications call for a thoroughly fire proof boat, no feet long and twenty-three feet seven inches width over all, the upper portion to be steel, and the boat to be equipped with first-class pumps, etc. The bids received vrere: Neafie and Levy Ship and Engine Building Company, $64.000, and fiooo to be deducted if the electric lighting apparatus is to be left out. John Dialogue. $56,300, less ft800 without the electric plant. Cowles Engine Company $50,730, less $1250. Charles Hillman Ship and Engine Building Company, $53,800, less $51×1.
Three two-story frame buildings at the Lake Washington terminus of the Madison street cable road, Seattle, were burned last week. Two bears, which were kept in a cage close by, were wild with terror, and it was due to the presence of mind of Joseph Charters that the bears were saved and a general stampede averted. The crowd hail not had any special amusement till the bears began to howl. Jack, the big fellow, would rush from one end of the cage to the other, grab the bars, and howl in an appealing manner. Susie, the little one, was almost frightened to death and trembled like a leaf. The crowd yelled, ” Let ’em out, let ’em out !’’ while the answer from those near the cage was ” No, no!” Under Charters’ direction, the veranda which was around Rockenfield’s store was pulled down, and thus more room was made between the fire and the bears. In the midst of the hubbub Officer Stepler elbowed his way through the crowd. ‘‘Let out the bears !” yelled the crowd. “ Not in this crowd,” yelled he, as lie brought a shotgun to his shoulder and aimed at Jack. The bear kept jumping and the crowd was howling. He could not get a shot, and was finally persuaded to let the animals live. A man came up with an axe and started to cut away the bars of the cage. A row followed, in which the axe man was knocked out by one blow by a man who did not want to be bear’s meat. The building was burning rapidly and the heat was becoming intense, so much so in fact that the bears were frantic. Some men ran a rope around the cage and were about to pull it over, when Charters pleaded with them to stop, saying that he could save the bears. They stopped ami aided him in getting the animals into a little shed at the rear of the cage. Then the door was dropped, and they were shut in for the night. Charters and McCay then got rugs and carpets, saturated them and covered the little house. A garden hose played water upon it, and although Charters was scorched somewhat and McCay’s hands were burned, the bears were saved.
Our friend in Altoona, Pa., to whom we are indebted for the accompanying illustration, says : Readers of The Graphic News, and especially the members of the fire department, have been greatly interested in the controversy which brought Chief Adams and Chairman Fettinger into prominence recently. The publication of the portraits of the principals, therefore, seems timely. To-day the phiz of the energetic chairman is presented. The picture is not as good as we would like to have published, but the photo furnished us was not a very late one. Although a citizen of Altoona almost since this was a town, Mr. Fettinger was born in Philadelphia, May 20, 1848. In June, ’63, he enlisted in Captain IIufFs company, C 46, Pennsylvania regiment, and served several months. For a short time he was a newsboy on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and afterward again enlisted in Company A, 20 Pennsylvania Cavalry, and served nineteen months, being mustered out in September, ’65. He afterward learned the carpentering trade and subsequently entered the Pennsylvania shops, where he gradually advanced until he became a foreman in the lumber department, which position he has held since 1881. He was elected to council from the Second ward in ’83 and ’84, and while he was chairman of finance the city’s bonded debt was refunded. In ’85 he was president of common council, and is now a member of that body and is chairman of fire. He has been a member of the Empire Hook and Ladder Company since its organization, and has for many years been its president. He is president of the Pennsylvania State Firemen’s Association, and will preside at the next convention at llazelton.
The special joint committee of St. Paul on reduction of salaries of employes in the city offices have gone over the pay rolls of the departments, but outside of the fire department no conclusion has been reached regarding any individual salary. In a general way, however, the list of each department was gone over and some important points were brought out. It was decided to leave severely alone the salaries of all in the fire department, but it is probable that the salary of the secretary, $125 per month, will again come up for consideration, and it is probable the committee will recommend that manv salaries at this figure be reduced to $100.
The lshpeming (Mich.) Fire Department and the city council are at swords’ points all year round, and resignations from the department are handed in at almost every meeting of the city fathers. This time the chief and his first assistant resigned.
During a recent alarm of fire at Rockford, Ill., a green horse attached to the hose cart became unmanageable and ran up the stone steps leading to the Second National Bank entrance. Two well-known and popular young society ladies, Miss Cora Woodard and Miss Anna Bushing, who had taken refuge at the top of the steps, were knocked down and so severely trampled that Miss Woodward died in a few minutes, while the other is not expected to live.
The following has just been issued by the Massachusetts Association to the supply men : The committee on exhibits most cordially invite you to be present with an exhibit of your goods at the Thirteenth Annual Convention of the association, to be held at Northampton, Mass., September 27, 28 and 29, 1892. Every facility for the exhibition and practical demonstration of the merits of exhibits will be afforded, the object of the meetings being to bring together practical men ; and the advantages to be gained by the exhibitor are that more customers may be met and business done during these meetings than by any other method, and with less expense. Indications point this year to a larger attendance of firemen than ever before at a similar convention. The hall is large and commodious, and will afford ample room for an extensive display. All goods sent by freight will be received by the committee, and, if so desired by the exhibitors, arranged to the best advantage possible. The association fully realizes that the exhibit of apparatus and supplies is one of the essential points which is necessary to make its convention successful, and the utmost attention will be given to your exhibit, as well as ample time allowed you to fully explain the merits of the same before the convention. You will receive all the privileges allowed delegates, such as reduced hotel rates, railroad fares, etc. Chief Boudway of Northampton will be pleased to place every facility of his department at the disposal of the exhibitors, if they desire practical tests, etc. If you wish a practical trial of your exhibits, please to notify us as early as possible, with full details as to the nature of the trial desired. All intending to have an exhibit of their goods must notify me, with a detail of space, etc., required, previous to September 24, 1892. For the committeee, D. Arthur Burt, secretary.
The headquarters of the Columbus (O.) Fire Department have been changed from the Third street house to the new Front street house, just north of Gay street house. Captain Jenkins Daniels, late of the Gay street house, was placed in charge and Captain Frank Cook of Third street assistant. Three operators, one of whom is on duty at all hours, are Geo. Priest, Wm. Duffy and Rollin Hartman, Geo Bevelheimer was transferred from Fulton street to Third street, where a steamer and hose cart still remain. The Gay street station is now deserted.
Chief Sanborn of Rochester, N. H., has offered a prize of $10 to the hose companies in that city for a trial speed. The contest is to occur sometime in September. Each company is to run 200 yards, lay out 200 feet of hose, and the company making the best time will receive the prize.
Through the neglect of clerks in some thirty-five cities and villages in South Dakota to file a report of their companies the firemen in their various places will this year receive no money from the insurance tax which is for their benefit.
The annual inspection and parade of the Utica (N. Y.) Fire Department took place on August 24.
The annual picnic and games of the Volunteer Firemen’s Association of New York city, in aid of the Charitable Fund, will take place on Monday, September 5 (Labor Day), at Lion park, ioSth street and Ninth avenue.
A steel frame hook and ladder truck is being built at the Gleason and Bailey shops for the town of Iltcksville, N. Y,
The Kansas City Fire Department Supoly Company have just delivered to the city of New York another of the sixtyfoot Hale water towers. The manufacturers hope it will have an opportunity of showing as good work as water tower No. 1, which they sent here two years ago.
The Prescott (Ont.) Department on Wednesday held a grand picnic, at which all the companies were present. Chief Ingram of Ogdensburg, N. Y., and a number of firemen crossed the border and fraternized with the boys. Other American companies were also present, and much enjoyment was gotten out of the sports and contests for prizes.
The special election held at Hawley, Minn, for the purpose of bonding the village for a fire department outfit, turned out badly. Owing to a considerable difference of opinion but few votes were cast, as many of our citizens did not care to arouse any hard feelings. The fire company held a meeting last night and disbanded, and the money already subscribed for this enterprise will be returned to the subscribers. Thus ends the Hawley fire company.
The fire engineers of Warren, Mass., at their meeting last week voted to buy two of the Eastman Perfection nozzles and holders, one for use in the village and one for West Warren. If they prove satisfactory it is probable that more will be purl chased.
Deckertown, N. J., now needs a brass band and a fire department, says The Independent.
Two more pieces of apparatus are to be added to the Kearney (N. J.) Department.
Fireman John McKeever of Engine Company No. 11 of Brooklyn rescued Lawyer Harry Howard Dale from drowning while swimming in the Sound off Point View, near College Point, on Monday afternoon. The Laurence F. Carroll Association of the Fourteenth ward, Brooklyn, of which the two men are members, were having their outing at that place, when a number of them went in bathing. Fireman McKeever and Lawyer Dale dived off a boat together, and when some distance from the shore McKeever saw his companion was sinking. He went to his rescue, and after a hard struggle got him ashore. Both men were exhausted, but were soon revived.
A new central fire hall is sadly needed at Fort Worth, Tex. The appropriation of $35,000 has been made, and it should besomewhere for use for the originally intended purpose. A visit to that nearly decayed shell on lower Main street now used as a fire hall will bring conviction of the need for a new hall.
J. A. Stevens, first assistant engineer of the Springfield (Mass.) Fire Department, is negotiating with Boston parties for the manufacture of the patent hose coupling which he invented, and which he expects to exhibit at the chiefs’ convention in Louisville.
The Naugatuck and other near-by Connecticut departments will have a joint parade September 5.
The Gutta Percha and Rubber Manufacturing Company have received the contract to furnish Savannah with 2000 feet of hose.
E. B. Preston & Co. furnish 1200 feet of hose for Henderson, Ky.
The Brockton (Mass. ) Fire Department has supplied the fire stations of the city with patent engine torches tor lighting steam fire engines. These torches are lighted by friction and their employment will relieve the firemen of further use of the gaslight attachment to the steamer, thereby economizing time and expense.
The matter is serious enough for the press to consider, and The Times of Greenville. Fla., puts it this way : “ The fire of last week plainly demonstrated that a paid fire company is what is needed in Greenville. The chief and assistants had to call on people not members of the company for aid, while al the same time when the call was made many members were seen to skulk away in the crowd and hide to keep from working. It is not necessary to say, however, that all reported for roil call—and coffee—after the fire. This was a bad fire to fight, and several persons were hurt, some so severely as to incapacitate them from following their daily avocations for a time; .in many instances some became so drenched and chilled that a spell of sickness follows—for all of this they get no pay whatever, only the thanks of the people, and many times not even that. Therefore, we say let a company be formed of courageous men who are not afraid of work ; let them be drilled as often as practicable, and then pay them a reasonable amount for their services while in actual duty. The times demand it.”
Great firemen’s doings will interest the people of Gouverneur, N. Y., September 1 and 2. Prizes for contests aggregating $500 will be given.
Hollidaysburg, Pa., will soon have a new fire company.
The only topic of discussion, says The Boston Globe, among the firemen now is the approaching tournament of the New England League on Boston Common, September 14. The following committees have been appointed : On grounds, Messrs. Belford of the Roxbury, Grose of the Barnicoat, Hussey of the Boston and McNellis of the Charlestown associations; on printing, the president and secretary; on route, f’landers of the Boston. Demary of the Harnicoat, Curley of the Roxbury and Beck of the Charlestown associations; badges, Hussey, Beck, Demary and Curley. I’he procession will form on Commonwealth avenue, right resting on Arlington street, and under escort of the Barnicoat Fire Association, accompanied by the Salem cadet band, will parade the principal streets to the Common. Samuel Abbott, Jr., of the Barnicoats will officiate as chief marshal. The Boston fire commissioners and Chief Engineer Webber have accepted an invitation to parade at the head of the line as the guests of the firemen. Gov. Russell and Mayor Matthews will review the parade. To illustrate the difference between the old time and modern fire apparatus the fire commission have been petitioned to allow an engine, truck, hose wagon, water tower and chemical engine to parade.
A firemen’s tournament will be held in Newton, N. L. October 6. Company G, New Jersey State Guard, has been invited to participate, with the privilege of inviting other organilations, and possibly the entire Seventh regiment will be present. Humane Steamer Company of Morristown have arranged to attend.
Having waited a long time for the citizens of Troy, N. V., to make some decided move towards arranging for the celebration of Columbus Day, the committee of the fire board having in charge the matter of the annual parade of the fire department, decided last week to have the parade on October 6, the usual time for the annual parade and inspection. This arrangement will give satisfaction to the companies, as they will then have a chance to show what condition they are in. It will relieve the citizens’ committee, if 011c is appointed, in the matter of securing music for the celebration, as the firemen have secured three bands for the parade. The annual parade will not prevent the fire companies from turning out on Columbus Day if there is any demonstration in the city.
Ex-Chief Elijah Dow, for twenty years at the head of the Bangor (Me.) Fire Department, died in that city last week within a month ol eighty years of age.
The announcement that the Massachusetts State civil service commission intends to have all appointments in fire departments made from the list of candidates who have passed a civil service examination has created quite a breeze in numerous fire departments in the State. Many chief engineers and prominent fire officials declare it an entering wedge of politics.
The Boston fire commissioners recently advertised for bids for three new engines. Two of the machines are heavy ones and each must weigh, with fuel and water, not over 8900 pounds, and to have a capacity of not less than 950 gallons a minute at 300 revolutions or their equivalent. The other is to be a smaller engine, not to weigh over 7500 pounds with fuel and water and have a capacity of not less than 550 gallons a minute at 300 revolutions or their equivalent. The following are the bids received which were taken under advisement : La France Engine Company, Elmira, N. Y., two of the first size, $8800, or one at $4500; one of the 560 gallon capacity. $3600. Manchester Locomotive Works, Manchester, N. H., two of 950 gallons. $8250, or$Sooo with different trimmings; one of 550 gallons. $3500 or $3350 with different trimmings. American Fire Engine Company, two double Clapp & Jones, first size, $7200; two Silsby. same capacity, $6450; two Ahren, coil boiler, $8500 or $.8000 if with tube boiler. One 550 gallon capacity, Clapp & Jones, $3100; Silsby, $2975; Ahren, with coil boiler, $3900 or $3650 it with tube boiler. The heavy engines will probably be placed in some of the down town companies, and the light one will he sent out of town. The fire commissioners awarded the American Fire Engine Company contracts for two first-class Clapp & Jones engines at $7200 each and one third size Silsby machine at $2975.
Ex-chief engineer of the old New York Volunteer Eire Department, John Decker, who has been suffering from a very serious illness for the past three months, was out for the first time last Tuesday, and he visited the headquarters. He resides on Staten Island. His left eye has been destroyed by his illness.
Four more new steam fire engines have been ordered for the service in New York city.
At the monthly meeting of the Flatbush (L. I.) Volunteer Firemen’s Association President John McElvery was presented with a handsome gold badge as a token of the esteem in which he is held.
Marshal Michael Crane is instructed by the Columbian committee of IOO to say that an invitation is extended to all (ire organizations of (uniformed) firemen from any State, city, town or village. Also the chiefs of fire departments in uniform, and assistant chiefs, together with the boards of officers of Stale firemen’s associations, with their delegates. Those desiring to take part should send to Marshal Crane a list of their companies, with or without hand. The names of chiefsand assistant chiefs and presidents of State associations, with the names of officers and delegates. When and by what route they will arrive in this city. This information is of great importance and should have immediate attention from those who desire to attend.
Mayor Hugh J. Grant and the committee of 100 have tendered to the visiting vo unteer firemen who will take part in the Columbian celebration, October 12, the freedom of the city. A committee of six have been appointed, with power to make all arrangements. The chair named as such committee Messrs. Goss, Byrne, Gehring, (dark, Barry and Jeremiah Bush.
George Gay. chief engineer of the Pulaski (Fla.) Department, inspected the Troy (N. Y.) system last week, and expressed great admiration for it.
The Hartford (Conn.) veterans have voted to squirt in Boston September 13, perhaps an unlucky day for the old “gooseneck,” but they have great faith, and with a goodly number of the old fire “ vamps ” and some of the best men of Hartford, they will be represented for all the Capital city is worth.
Work upon the handsome new Brooklyn tire headquarters is progressing so favorably that Commissioner Ennis expects to move in about November 1. The commissioner announces the following transfers and promotions : Foreman Walsh of Engine No. 8, to be district engineer ; Assistant Foreman Owen Campbell of Engine No. 29, made foreman of the same company; Martin Brady, driver of Engine No. 17, made assistant foreman and assigned to duty at Engine No. 27 ; Foreman James Jones, transferred from Engine No. 29 to Engine No. 27; Foreman Keveney, transferred from Engine No. 22 to Engine No. 11; Foreman Conroy, transferred from Engine No. 3 to Engine No. 8. James Maguire, the ex-foreman of Engine No. 11. recently appointed district engineer, served ten years with United States Engine Company No. 4 of the Eastern District, lie was foreman four yea s. In 1872 he joined the present department and has held the position of foreman of Engine Company No. II for the past fourteen years. He is an excellent fireman ; there are few in the department who can excel him for bravery and cool judgment.
The New Haven (Conn.) Leader of Wednesday says : “A most creditable exhibition of the workings of the New Haven Fire Department and its apparatus was given before the State Firemen’s Association at Steamer No. 7’s house this morning by the local fire laddies. Secretary J. S. Jones of Westport “ pulled ” the box at the engine-house, and in just fifty-seven seconds the firemen had a stream playing upon a four-story building from tlie yard. Then there was an exhibition of the life-saving apparatus, and a dummy was thrown from the tower of the engine-house down into a net below. The aerial truck and the scaling ladders were exhibited to the entire satisfaction of the visitors. This was followed by a display of the fire goods and appliances which several manufacturers had sent to the city for the purpose.”
There are a good many holiday firemen in Altoona, I’a., says The Graphic-News.
Middleboro (Mass.) firemen will hpld their annual field day September 24. Firemen from Plymouth, Hingham, Taunton and Provincetown have been invited.
North Brookfield (Mass.) firemen are desirous of having a field day some time this fall, to include companies from all the Brook fields, WTare, Warren and Spencer.
At a recent meeting of the Taunton (Mass.) city council an order was introduced that all the city drivers be allowed a vacation, and that the expense he charged to the fire department. Chief Coleman objects on the ground that they are not members, and consequently have no claims on his appropriation.
The Altoona, Pa. (P. R. R.), fire company have something of a monopoly on the trips abroad to render assistance to towns unable to cope with the fires which threaten them with annihilation, since the introduction of the new flat car built for the purpose of carrying fire apparatus. The city department companies are simtdy not in it any more.