Capt. Wells, superintendent of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade of London, England, recently wrote as follows to John J. Gregory, secretary of the board of fire and police commissioners of Milwaukee, Wis., deploring the death of Chief Foley and the three firemen who died with him by inhaling the fumes of nitric acid at a fire in that city:

“METROPOLITAN FIRE BRIGADE HEADQUARTERS. SOUTHWARK BRIDGE-ROAD, S. E., March 3, 1903.— Sir: We have read with deep regret the very sad news of the death of your chief officer and others at a fire occurrence, through the inhalation of nitric acid fumes, and I write to you to express, on behalf of the London fire brigade, our deepest sympathy with the members of your brigade and the families of the deceased.

“While this terrible blow has fallen upon your fire brigade, it is such possibilities in a fireman’s life that draw us together in bonds of brotherly sympathy, in whatever part of the world we work.

“Curiously enough, only just recently, I had drawn the attention of the London county council to your late annual report, as being, perhaps, the most able and useful report I had had the pleasure of reading.”

Chief Foley always supervised the composition and make-up of his annual reports.

At Omaha. Neb., the local water company lias remodeled its pumping engine, and is having built a large new one. said to be the largest in the West. Its capacity will he 20,000.000 gallons in twenty-four hours. The fact that the State legislature ordained that the city shall purchase the water plant does not deter the company from going right along with its previous plans of improvement.




Chief Thomas P. Purcell of the Dublin, Ireland, fire brigade, in writing from that city under the date of February 18, on the subject of the recent death of Chief Foley of Milwaukee, Wis., from inhaling the fumes of nitric acid during a fire, says:

“The report in FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING of Chief Foley’s death was the first intimation I had of this sad and terrible event. Since I formed the chief’s acquaintance at Milwaukee, nearly ten years ago, I have always considered him a warm personal friend, and we corresponded regularly. I cannot express to you with what feelings of sorrow I read tlie sad tidings and come to realise that never again could I grasp the hand of my dear friend.

“I have been asked by the members of the British delegation to the recent congress to convey to Chief Foley’s relatives their heartfelt sympathies, which I have done. Chief Foley took a lively interest in the British visitors and gave them a very hearty welcome, for which they were grateful, and I am sure the regret will be universal for his untimely and tragic death at the post of duty.”