THE LATE CHIEF FOLEY.
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.