THE JAMAICA PARADE.
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FIFTH Division—Commanded by ex-Chief T. FA. Archer of Jamaica. Patchogue Engine Company No. 1, 40 men, headed by a band ; Woodsidc Hook and Ladder Company, 24 men ; F. W. Gersenhaimer Company of Sea Cliff, 30 men; Quickstep Company No. 4, 24 men ; Rough and Ready Hose Company of Riverhead, 25 men ; Riverhead Steamer Company, 25 men ; Washington Hook and Ladder Company No. I of Lawrence, 22 men.
Jamaica Department, headed by a band : Protection Engine Company, 100 men ; Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company, 50 men, escorting Cornell Hose Company of Kingston, their guests. Neptune Engine Company No. 2, 25 men ; Continental Bucket Company, 35 men, preceded by Eben’s Twenty-third Regiment band, and escorting the Continental Bucket Veterans of Brooklyn, 30 men, their guests. Alert Hose Company No. 3 of East New York, 30 men, escorted by Degrauw Hose Company of Jamaica, 20 men.
The firemen marched with precision, they kept their ranks well together with few or no breaks, and various companies were cheered for their excellent appearance. It was the unanimous opinion that Steinway Hose Company No. 7 of Long Island City took the palm for fine appearance in their new suits of light brown.
Tiger Hose Company No. 8 of Astoria, headed,by Drillmaster B. A. Macdonald, was cheered for their good marching. James Comiskey, chief engineer of Long Island City ; Peter S. Donnelly, assistant engineer of first district, and Ed Murray, assistant engineer of second district, commanded the Long Island City companies that participated in the parade.
The Flushing companies attracted attention by their good bearing and handsome officers. The officers of the department commanding were : James McCormick, chief; W. H, Lowerre, first assistant,’and Charles Baker, second assistant,
Chief Torrey of Hempstead is an active officer, and looked at the head of his men like a typical fireman.
Among the notables in town to look at the parade was the prize-fighter, Dominick McCaffrey, with his trainer and chums.
W. H. Anderson commanded the New York veterans, and Chief Decker carried the brazen shield, on which hung the big keys that the city of Baltimore gave the old volunteers of New York when they visited that city last year. The New York volunteers were enthusiastically cheered, and some of them were judges in the races following. Among the veterans was W. F. Hayes, present foreman of Engine Company No. 16 of New York.
While the banquet and parade were a complete success, the contests that followed in the afternoon were not altogether satisfactory, owing to imperfect arrangements and the inability of a very limited police force to keep the crowd from the tracks. However, the firemen enjoyed themselves.
In the hose race it’was required to run 200 yards, lay 300 feet of hose, break coupling and put on pipe. The Relief Company of Greenport ran first, and made a good race. The arrangements for time-keeping were poor, and unofficial time taken showed that they laid hose, broke coupling and put on pipe in twenty-five seconds. Of course the time should have been taken from the start, but if it was, no announcement was made. The Mutual Company of Flushing ran next, and laid hose, broke coupling and attached pipe in thirty seconds. Protection Hose Company of Hempstead did it in thirty-three seconds. The Rough and Ready Company of Riverhead ran with hose one length shorter than the other companies, and were barred out. There was complaint made that the Greenport company did not have a satisfactory coupling to break, and there was considerable dispute about this. Tiger Hose Company of Astoria did the work in twenty-four seconds, and they undoubtedly ran the required distance faster than any other company. The Tiger Company therefore carried of! the first prize, a racing hose cart presented by the well-known manufacturers, Gleason ft Bailey of Seneca Falls. Relief Hose Company of Greenport received the second prize, a pair of silver hose carriage bells.
In the truck race two companies, the llrcslaus and the Woodsides, ran 300 yards, raised 25-foot ladder and man ascended to the top. The Breslaus did it in sixty-one seconds (no official time), and were given the first prize, a belt made by Anderson & Jones. The Woodside company’s time was seventy-one seconds, and they received a meeting-room lamp as second prize.
In the first-class engine contest, Neptune No. 3 of Greenport played 143 feet; the Islip engine played 144.2 feet ; Neptune No. 2 of Jamaica, 155 feet, and Protection No. 1 of Jamaica threw 164.2 feet. Protection Company No. 1 of Jamaica, therefore, received first prize, a pair of silver pipes ; and Neptune Company No. 2 of the same village got the second prize, a silver lantern. The Patchogue engine won the prize for secondclass engines, by throwing a stream 147 feet, and received a twentyinch silver trumpet. By the close of this contest it was black dark, and the companies were taking trains homeward bound.
The returning fire companies to Hunter’s Point and Astoria were welcomed with bonfires and showers of fireworks. It was an ovation for Tiger Hose Company, who had been victorious in the hose race, making a clean sweep in wiping out the other hose companies, and thus becoming the champions of Long Island. The companies with band and drum corps, accompanied by the old volunteers of New York, preceded by Eben’s band, marched through the streets of Hunter’s Point, the friends of Tiger Hose Company carrying newly bought brooms. P. J. Gleason embraced the occasion to formally present to the newly formed Long Island City Exempt Firemen’s Association the Amoskeag steam fire engine recently purchased by him. The exempts had paraded with the steamer during the day. Tiger Hose and Steinway Hose companies proceeded to Astoria and wound up the night with a clam-bake jubilation at the Steinway settlement.
—Mohawk Hose Company No. 1 of Astoria, L. I., had a lively election on Monday night, which resulted in the choice of William McNally for foreman and Henry C. Korfman assistant foreman. So great was the excitement over the vote for foreman and assistant foreman that the other offices were not filled.