THE HALE WATER TOWER.
Among the manufacturers of fire appliances who have devoted much time and expense to advancing the new theories of fire protection as they arise should be mentioned E. B. Preston & Co. of Chicago. The development of the aerial hook and ladder truck building by Preston & Co. is so well known to those interested in the manufacture and use of fire apparatus as to need no further mention. There is no new scheme or patent in this line that Preston & Co. are not ready and willing to devote time and money to testing. We spoke recently of the test of the new Hale tower built by the firm for Milwaukee, mentioning the names of those present and the patentee, Chief Hale of Kansas City. The accompanying cut represents the tower in actual service. It is from a photograph taken by the FIRE AND WATER correspondent at the test, and, while it is necessarily small and so r.ewhat crude, still it will give a very fair idea of the construction and style of the tower. The cut represents the tower extended seventy-five feet high and throwing a solid stream.