The Key to Coney Island.
The “Key to Coney Island” is coming to Troy, says The Budget. In fact it is now on the way. It is an enormous affair and weighs half a ton or more. At the recent fireman’s convention at Coney Island, John Y. McKane, chairman of the citizens’ committee, made the address of welcome to the delegates. He said he hoped they would leave Coney Island in as good condition as they found it, and that he would give them the key of the island, at the same time revealing from a flag on the stage a huge cast-iron key made bright by a coat of bronze. The key is a fac-simile of the key of the court house in the town, is about four feet long and weighs nearly 1000 pounds. Attached to it by a massive chain is a cast-iron tag 8xt2 inches, hearing the words “ Coney Island” in raised letters. Mr. McKane stated that any two delegates who would remove the key from the building might claim it as their prop, erty. Assistant Captain R. T. liartigan of the Heman Park Hose Company and Henry Falkenstein, Jr., of the Trojan Hook ami Ladder Company tugged away at the great key for about two hours and finally landed it outside of the building. It was theirs, and there was great rejoicing among the Trojans. The key was subsequently shipped by freight to Troy, and its arrival is daily expected. The key was the means of the organization of a club known as the Golden Key Club. The membership is limited to firemen in New York State. Mr. Falkenstein was elected president, Mr. Hartigan, secretary, and A Spenard of the Farnam Steamer Company, treasurer. Annual meetings will be held at the cities In which the annual conventions are held.