The National Tournament.

The National Tournament.

Full Report of the Tournament from the First to the Last Day.

From a Special Correspondent of the National Fireman s J ournal.

[At the request of many correspondents we append a full report of the National Tournament at Chicago, thereby reprinting a small portion that has heretofore appeared in the JOURNAL. The report of the Tournament and the official report of the proceedings of the Illinois State Firemen’s Association will be embodied in pamphlet form, and an edition of 5,000 copies printed. These will be sent to all Companies that participated in the Tournament, and to Firemen generally throughout the country. We are requested to state that advertisements will be inserted in the pamphlet at the rate of $15 per page. Copy for such advertisements may be sent to this OFFICE.-ED. JOURNAL.]


In October 1875, a call signed by Chief Engineers M. Benner, of Chicago, O. H. Norton of Peoria, J. H. Ayres, of Quincy, M. X.Chuse, of Bloomington, Harl P. Christie, of Decatur, and Joseph A. Boynton of Monmouth, was issued, calling for a meeting of representatives of Fire Departments, Fire Companies and City Councils to meet at Bloomington, November 17 and 18, for the purpose of forming a State Firemen’s Association, “believing that such an Association would be productive of much mutual good, to meet annually for the discussion of all such questions as pertain to the suppression or extinguishment of fires.”

This call was answered by some forty-two representatives from Shout fifteen cities and towns of Illinois, and a very harmonious session was held, resulting in the formation of an ILLINOIS STATE FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION by the adoption of rules governing their assemblages and laws governing their tournaments, which, it was resolved, should be held annually in connexion with the deliberative meeting.

The officers of the Association elected at this first meeting were, President, Mathias Benner, Chicago ; Vice-President, O. H. NorUn, Peoria, J. A. Boynton, Monmouth, J. H. Ayres, Quincy; Secre ary, Harl T. Christie. Decatur; Treasurer, Marianus X. Chuse, Bloomington

The officers of the State Association were created an Executive Coinmitt. e for the Association, and also a Board of Control of all tournaments held under the auspices or direction of the State Association. The second meeting and first tournament were held at Decatur, October 10,11 and 12, 1876, when, we find by the proceedings, a large accession to the membership was made, showing an increased interest in the proposed work of the Association, and confidence in its management. At this time a page in memoriam to John H. Ayres, of Quincy, third Vice-President, and prepared by a committee composed ot John A. Steinbach, M. X. Chuse and Harl P. Christie, was inserted in the proceedings ; Mr. Ayres having lost his life as a result of the discharge of his duty. Essays prepared by Chief J. A. Boynton on “ Chemical Engines as Auxiliaries;” J. A. Steinbach, on “Paid Fire Departments,” and “ Volunteer Fire Departments” by Chief Lakin, of Rockford, were read and insetted. A report of a committee on revision of State Laws, creating a fund for disabled Firemen, giving nearly the text of a law since passed by our Legislature, was adopted.

Many manufacturers and dealers had their apparatus and appliances on exhibition, and those desiring had full opportunity for testing their efficiency practically. A report of 77 cities in Illinois, giving full details, in a tabular form, ol their facilities for suppression of fires, was made a part of the proceedings. A tournament in which Decatut’s citizens offered liberal prizes to competing Companies in all branches of Fire Service was had, in which participated n Hose Companies, 3 Hook and Ladder Companies, 3 Hand Engines and 1 Steamer.

Another Steamer, built by the Ahrens Manufacturing Company, of Cincinnati, on exhibition, was tested, and received a commendatory report from the judges appointed. Two balls were given the visiting Firemen by the Firemen of Decatur, to cloie the business and entertainment, and Mayor Chambers announced that the ladies had, on short notice, prepared a banquet at the Opera%House, to which all were cordially invited. The invitation was accepted without a dissension, and, on motion, the Association adjourned.

At the Opera House, where tables were set for 800 persons, President Benner moved that the thanks of all attending, together with three cheers, be tendered the fair ladies of Decatur, for the most magnificent and bountiful preparation made for the enjoyable occasion, and, on suggestion, the Secretary was ordered to insert the same in the proceedings of the Association. The cheers made the house ring, the ladies trying vainly to stop their ears from the deafening yell of the thousand satisfied throats.

The officers elected at this meeting were:

President—M. Benner. Vice-Presidents—O. H. Norton, Peoria; J. A. Boynton, Monmouth; G. W. Williams, Galesburg; John T. Lackin, Rockford; J. A. Steinbach, Quincy. Secretary—W. j. Wayne, Decatur. Treasurer—M. X. Chuse, Bloomington. Corresponding Secretary—Harl P. Christie.

The Association held its third meeting and second tournament at Galesburg, on August 28, 29 and 30, 1877. A larger attendance of members on its meetings and tournament evidenced the good it was working among Fire Departments throughout the State. A fine parade was had. The tournament was another success, each Company appearing showing great improve ment in the rapidity and facility with which they performed the manoeuvres which were made the test of their efficiency in the different Departments.

Essays, instructive and interesting, were read, on “ Chemical Engines as Principals,” by ex-Chief Provost, of Decatur ; ” Firemen’s Associations and Tournaments,” by Captain Christie, Corresponding Secretary. An address by the President on “ Fire Departments—their Past, Present and Future, ’ was made the special order for Wednesday evening, and delivered by him to a large and appreciative audience. As at Bloomington and Decatur, many manufacturers exhibited their inventions, and all attending returned home highly pleased, having gained much beneficial information.

It was resolved to accept the invitation of Chicago, extended through the President, to hold the next meeting at Chicago, beginning on September 3, 1878; the Tournament to be a National as well as a State affair; all preparation to be under the direction and by the citizens of that place, and the management of the Tournament under the Board of Control of the State Association.

The officers elected at this session were : President, M. Benner; VicePresidents, J. A. Boynton, Monmouth; F. H. Babbitt, Dixon ; J. T. Lakin, Rockford; C. S. Mumford, Charleston ; H. W. Goldsmith, Galesburg; Corresponding Secretary, E. B. Chandler, Chicago; Secretary, Harl P. Christie, Decatur; Treasurer, J. A. Steinbach, Quincy. These officers being, by virtue of the State Association rules, the Board of Control of the Tournament. Since the meeting of 1877, the officers have regularly incoi porated the Association under the laws of the State of Illinois.



The announcement of the Tournament had brought to Chicago larg> numbers of Companies to participate in the numerous contests, and thousands of visiting Firemen and Fire officials. President Hayes had bet . invited |o be present, and he, with Mrs. Hayes, and numerous distinguished gentlemen from different States were in attendance. The arrangements for the reception of these were in the hands of committees of city officers and citizens of Chicago.

At 8 o’clock President Hayes, his wife and the party accompanying them, arrived from Fremont, Ohio, and were met at the depot by a reception committee of citizens, and an escort of State militia and Firemen, who escorted them to the Grand Pacific Hotel. Here an immense crowd had assembled, and the Presidential party was greeted with tremendous cheering.

Immediately after the high dignitaries of the various Fire Departments of the country assembled at the Headquarters of Marshal Benner, where those assigned to an active part in the parade were given their final instructions.

Never had Chicago beheld her streets so packed with dense masses of people as on this occasion. The line of march covered a distance of 5 miles, and lor the entire distance the streets were literally packed from the centre of the roadway back across the sidewalks close up against the buildings. It was with difficulty that sufficient space could be kept clear for the procession to pass. Every window along the line of march, from first floor to at ic. was filled with sightseers. Women and children were there by the hundred thousand. It was estimated that over half a million of persons viewed this parade of Firemen. As the line passed the Exposition Building it was reviewed by his Excellency, the President of the United States, Members of his Cabinet, Governors, and other officials. After the Second Division passed in review, the First and Second Divisions halted and the remainder of the procession passed them and proceeded to their respective Company quarters.

[A full description of the parade and the names of the Companies and distinguished persons participating in it was given in No. 43 of the JOURNAL.]


The first day of the Tournament proper was Wednesday, September 4, held at Dexter Park. A large crowd was assembled by 10 o’clock, and during the day there were from 10,000 to 12,000 persons present. Great interest was manifested in the contests between Hose Companies, which constituted the first day’s exercises. There were several champion Companies entered, but the “ Bates,” of Denver, Colorado ; the “ Wide Awakes,” of La Porte, Ind., and the “ BarneV of Baltimore, Vt., were the favorite Companies.

The distance run was 300 yards to hydrant, line of hose attached and laid 300 feet from hydrant, coupling bnken, and pipe a tached*, Each Cart carried not l$ss than 350 feet of hose, reeled on the Cart, ail couplings made. No Company ran exceeding eighteen men. Two Companies ran together and each ran twice ; the best average time made decided the winner. The following is


The following is the


To the Illinois State Firemen’s Association—GENTLEMEN: The judges chosen to act in the Hose contest beg leave to report the several Companies contesting as follows :

Rescue, of Decatur, Ill.—First heat, 67¾ seconds; second heat, 69.

I’om Drew, of Charleston. III.—First heat, 70 seconds ; second, 67¾. (No time allowed, because pipe fell off firstiime, and coupling incomplete second time.)

Barnes, of Burlington, Vt.—First heat, 63^ seconds ; secona heat, 61%.

Dixon, of Dixon, III —First heat, 66⅛ ; sec >nd, 68.

Kldorado, of Decatur, III.—First heat, 66⅛ ; second, 6⅞⅛. (No time allowed in second. Pipe not screwed up.)

Keystone, of Rock Falls, 111.— First heat, 68 ⅛ ; second, 66. (No time allowed in second heat. Pipe not screwed up.)

Alert, of Quincy. Mich.—First hea’, 75; second, 71.

Woodbury, of Marshalltown, Iowa.—First heat, 68⅛. (No tin*e allowed. Pipe not screwed up first time. No hydrant connection second time.)

Delta, of South Bend, Ind.—First heat, 61 ; second, 67 (No time allowed. Connection not good, and pipe not screwed up.)

Eagle, of Wooster, O.— First heat, 71; second, 73#.

Shoo-Fly, ol Jacksonville, 111.—First In at, 76; second, 70.

Winnebago, of Ro.kford, 111. — First heat. 80⅛ ; second, 83)^.

Undine, of Oitawa. Ill.—First heat, 70¾ ; second, 68¾. (No time allowed first heat. Insufficient pipe-coupling.)

1 lolly, of Aurora, 111.–First, 74½. (No time allowed. Insufficient pipe-coupling, and no hydrant connection.)

Young America, of Tiffin. O.—First heat, 7054 ; second, 74.

Columbia, sterling, 11). -First heat, 71; second, 70⅛. (No time allowed in first heat on account of insufficient pipe-coupling.)

New Peoria, of lYoiia, III. No pipe put on in first heat. No second trial.

H. Wilson, of Muskegon, Mich.—First heat, 67; second. 73.

Hope, of Mansfield, O.— First heat, 76; second, 73. (No time allowed in first heat; pipe not well coupled.)

C. B. & Q., Galesburg.—First heat. 77⅛; second, 76.

Alert, Big Rapids, Mich.—First heat. 66; second, 64.

Kxcelsior, of Aurora. 111.—F’irst heat, 77⅝; second, 81.

Snail, of Paw Paw, Mich.—First heat, 73⅛. (No second heat.)

Town of Lake.—First heat, 86. (No time allowed. Pipe coupling not good. No hydrant connection )

Wide Awake, of Lt Porte, Ind —First heat, 64)4. (Time not taken on first heat. Company allowed another run if taken same day.)

J. FL Bates, Denver, Col.—Second hea>, 60; (Time not taken in first heat. Pipe not screwed up on second heat. Company allowed another run, if taken same day.)

In regard to no time taken : On the first run of Wide Awakes, of La Porte, ar.d J. E. Bates, of Denver, Capt. Benner had stated to timekeepers that a precautionary signal of five taps of bell would be given, and then alter third tap of bell following the five precautionary signals, they were to take time. The Companies started at that precautionary signal, and the timekeepers failed to get time. The judges, therefore, found the following Companies entitled to the average time specified: Rescue, Decatur, 111., 68⅛ seconds; Barnes, Burlington. Vt., 62⅛ ; Dixon. Dixon, III., 67; Alert, Quincy, Mich., 73‘x ; Eagle, Wooster. O., 72⅛ ; Shoo-Fly, Jacksonville, 111., 73; Winnebago, Rockford, III., 82; Young America, Tiffin, O., 72½ ; Wilson, Muskegon, Mich., 70fi ; C. B. & Q., Galesburg, Ill , 76⅝ ; Alert, Big Rapids, Mich., 65 ; Excelsior, Aurora, 111., 77¼.

And we therefore find the following Companies entitled to prizes :

Barnes, Burlington, Vt , first National prize.

Alert, Big Rapids, Mich., second National prize.

Dixon, ol Dixon, 111., third National prixe.

Dixon, of Dixon, III., first State prize.

Rescue, Decatur, III , second State prize.

Shoo-Fly, Jacksonville, third State pnze.

Prize of 1,000 cigars for Slowest time, Winnebago, of Rockford, Ill.

Respectiully submitted.

Judges— L. A. DKKW, Burlington. Vt.; T. B. PERKINS. Dixon, Ill.; J. M. LANGWELL. Paw Paw, Mich.; C. S. WoODWORTif, Marshalltown, la. ; W. W FOSTER, Decatur, Ilf. ; C. V. R. POND, Quincy, Mich.,

Note.—The Board of Control rulrd’that the judges had no right to add the parts of second, as above in the report, and consequently the time should be so changed ; the winning Companies’ records would then be:


National—First Prize. $500 and nickel-plated Hose Carriage, presented by Caswell Coupling Company, Chicago; Champion Belt of United States, to Barnes Hose Company of Burlington, Vt.

Second Prize, #300 and nickel-plated Cart, presented by Silsby Manufacturing Company, N. Y., to Alerts of Big Rap ds, Mich.

Third Prize, $150 and nickel-plated Play-pipe, presented by NATIONAL FIREMAN’S JOURNAL to Dixon of Dixon, Ill.

State—First Prize, $200 and Champion Belt ; also 176 coned Fire Hat, presented by Anderson & Jones, N. Y.. to Dixon of Dixon, Ill.

Second Prize, $100 and Helt, gilt trimmings, presented by Brigham & Co., Worcester, Mass., to Rescue Hose Company, Decatur, III.

Third Prize, $75, to Undine Hose of Ottawa, 111.



There was not a large crowd at Dexter Park when the time c.tme for beginning the second day’s exercises of the National Firemen’s Tournament, only about 3,000 people being there, but the new arrivals came pouring in thick and fast, so that by noon there were fully 7,000 people inside the gates. The programme provided for an exhibition of Hook and Ladder Companies in action, a half-mile foot-race and a trial of Chemical Engines.

The contests between the Hook and Ladder Companies came first. The conditions were that each Company should draw its Truck 300 yards, unship a ladder, and get a man to the top of it, the Company making the best average time to be awarded the National first prize, and the State first prize should it be from a town in Illinois, each Company to make two runs.

The Hook and Ladder races resulted, so far as the first National prize was cojjcerned, in a victory for the ” Rescue,” of Norwalk, Ohio, its average being 48% seconds. The ” Rough and Ready,” of Monmouth, III., stood next on the list, running its two trials at average speed of 49 seconds, winning the second National and the first State prizes. This being the third successive time that the Monmouth Company has captured the State prize, it now becomes their property.

The following table gives the time of every Company in each heat and their averages. The “ Rescue,” of Kenosha, Wis., did not run a second trial. The entries were: “Rough and Ready,” Monmouth. III.; ” Rescue,” Norwalk, Ohio; “Monitor,” Dixon, 111.; ” Tucker,” Elkhart, Ind.; ” Hope,” Charleston, 111. ; ” Kirkwood,” Kirkwood, III. ; ” Rescue,” Kenosha, Wis.; ” Young America,” Decatur, Ill.; “Abingdon,” Abingdon, 111.

First Second


CHICAGO, September 5, 1878.

We, the Judges on HOOK AND LADDER RACES, report as follows ;

JUDGES-E. H. SASSMILCH, Dixon, Ill ; J. H. GILMORE, Kirkwood, Ill. ; G. L THORP.

And the following Companies are entitled to prizes as follows :


NATIONAL—First Prize, $500, National Champion Belt, 64-Coned Hat, presented by A F. Spawn & Co., New York, to Rescue, Norwalk, Ohio.

Second Prize, $300 and Signal Lamp, presented by NATIONAL FIREMAN’S JOURNAL, New York, to Rough and Ready, Monmouth, III.

Third Prize, $150, to Col. ‘I ucker Hose Company, Elkhardt, Ind.

STATE.First Prise. $100 and S ate Championship B^lt, Rough and Ready of Monmouth, III.

Second Prize, $100, to Young America, Decatur, Ill.

Third Prize, $75, to Excelsior ol Kirkwood, III.

•• Rough and Ready,” of Monmouth, having been awarded the Belt three times in succession, now holds it as their own property.


was extremely interesting, there being twenty-hve starters, divided into four squads of five; but of the last lot three did not finish at all, and consequently their names do not appear in the summary. The prizes were five gold medals. In the third squad a very exciting finish occurred between Bacon and Winebrenner, the former winning by a few inches only, Winebrenner falling from exhaustion right under the wire. The result of the running was as follows, the names of the five men frinning gold medals being given first:

The judges reported the following :

The men making the fastest and slowest records were each presented with a beautiful bouquet by the judges, the gift of Miss Lillie E. Foote, of Jefferson, 111.

The judges reported as follows:


To the Executive Committee of the State Firemen s Association :

We report the following time made by persons contesting in Foot Racing :

E.Lincoln, xst prize, 2 minutes and 6% seconds; W. Bacon, 2d prize, 2.07 ½ i James Monroe, 3d prize, 2.08; C. Winebrenner, 4th prize, 2 08¾ ;

F. E. Barstow, 5th prize, 2.10⅛ ; – Hathaway, 2.11 ; W. E. Hinman,

2.13^ ; G. Slator, 2.15; W. Hutchinson, 2.13⅛ ; James Leonard, 2 18; B. Hutton, 2 18½; A. Ciato, 219; W. F. Ferrin, 2.19; E. W. Murphy, 2 20¾ ; M. Ryan, 2.22 ; Z. Hall, 2.24; M. Reiley, 2.27 ; F. Scott, 2.33.

Judges.—J. H. GILMAN, Kirkwood, Ill.; E. H. Sassmilch, Dixon, 111. ;

G. L. Thorp.


was begun quite late in the afternoon, and consisted in firing four wooden buildings, allowing the flames ten minutes’ start beforthe Engines began play. 1 he Engines contesting were ” Peoria,” No. 1, of Peoria, III. ; “ Chemical,” No. 2, of Chicago; “Champion,” of Rantoul, 111.; and “Henry Mitchell,” of Racine, Wis. The building played upon by the Chicago Engine was two stories in height, the others being one story only. The test consisted in determining which machine put out the fire with the least amount of damage to building.

The judges made the following report:


To the Board 0/ Control of the National Firemen s Tournament :

GENTLEMEN : The Adjusting Committee on Burned Buildings respectfully report, that on the trial of Cnemical Engines we numbered the buildings, commencing with the one nearest the Grand Stand as No. I, and the twostory building as No. 4. We find as follows :

That the damage by fire is as follows :

Your Committee would add, in explanation, that on Building No. 4 we estimate the cost of the upper story only, treating it as a one-story building, and used such valuation as a basis for our estimate.

Sound value of Nos. x, 2 and 3, $95 each.

” “ No. 4, $130.

All of which is submitted.

Committee on ADJUSTMENT-B. VERNOR, C. C. DANA, ]. B. HALL.

CHICAGO, Ill., Sept. 6, 1878.

The Extinguishers in the contest to-day woiked as follows:

On Building No. 1, Mitchell, of Racine, Wis.

On Building No. 2, Peoria, Peoria, Ill.

On Building No. 3, Rantoul, Ill.

On Building No. 4, No. 2, of*Chicago, Ill.

And under the report of the Appraisers of Damage and Salvage, we, the judges, award prizes as follows :

First National Prize to Chicago Chemical No. 2, $200.

Second National Prize to Peoria, No. 1, Peoria, 111., $100.

First State Prize, Chicago. $100.

Second State Prize, Peoria, $50.

Judges—O. H. NORTON, C. S. PETRIE.



A clear sky and rather more agreeable temperature were pleasing characteristics of the third day of the National Firemen’s Tournament in place of the previous extreme heat. The attendance at the opening hours was fully as large as at the same time on Wednesday. There were even more ladies present, Several bands were on hand, whose blended discords added cheerfulness to the scene. The crowd hourly increased and carriage after carriage passed through the gates and fell in with others on the inside of the fences.

The first event in the programme of the day was the trial of Hand Engines for a prize to be awarded the machine throwing water the greatest distance. There was, of course, considerable delay in getting the contestants at work. The contest was announced to take place at 10 o’clock.

The judges were: O. H. Norton, Peoria; W. Andrews, Hattie Creek, and Thomas Hair, Quincy. The entries were:

New Peoria, No. 4. Peoria, 111. Protection No. 1, Quincy, Mich. Water Witch, Quincy, Ill.

Tornado, Galesburg, 111. Wiunebago, Rockford, Ill. Tempest, Battle Creek, Mich.

The Engines were ” sized” as to capacity in the order mentioned, and in the same order they began business, the Peorias first hitching to the water plug. Their work was a good exhibition of old-fashioned Fire Service. This Company had four trials, and received a record of2iqX feet.


At this point the “ Bates” Hose Company, who were feeling very sore at the decision which took the prize out of their hands, made a run for the sake of obtaining a record. This run was 400 yards, during the last 100 of which the Company was required to unreel 300 feet of hose, break a coupling, and screw on a nozzle. They made a gallant run, and went through the subsequent operations with great celerity and skill. Their time was 59 ½ seconds, which beats the competitors who received the prize one-half second, and is the best time ever recorded for a similar performance. This trial was under the personal supervision of the Board of Control, President Benner and Secretary Christie starting, and Steinbach and two others of his selection acting as time-keepers.


CHICAGO, September 6, 1878. To the Board of Control Illinois State Fireman s Association :

GENTLEMEN :—J. E. Bates Hose Company, of Denver, Colorado, in one heat against time at Dexter Park, made the run of 300 yards and laid 300 feet of hose, making connection at hydrant and putiing on pipe, all in good shape. Time, 59^ seconds. Yours respectfully.


Attest.—M. BENNER, President; H. I*. CHRISTIE, Secretary, Illinois State Firemen’s Association.


The trial of Fire Engines was then resumed, the ” Prtftection” Company, of Quincy, making the next trial. The Engine used is known as a Button Hand Engine No. 2. It was worked by sixty men. Several trials were had, between which there were several tedious waits, which, perhaps, were ncees sary, however, to enable the men to recover their strength and wind. Their distance was 214 feet five and one-half inches.

The ” Water Witch,” of Quincy, then went to the scratch, and after a tew rests and four trials, scored a record of 207 feet nine and one-half inches.

The “Tornado,” of Galesburg, next went to the water supply and got very promptly to work. Their first trial did not demonstrate very great throwing capacity. Something of an improvement was made on the two succeeding trials, and, on the fourth, when the men put in their hardest work, the throw made was 197 feet 6 inches. It seemed, however, to be more the fault of the machine than any want of muscle on the part of the men, that better distance was not made.

The “ Winnebagos,” of Rockford, 111., next put in their work. They were bearing down upon the brakes in the most rapid and vigorous style when the pressure upon the hose was too great, and a shout went up in the neighborhood of the nozzle that it had bursted, and water spurted out miscel laneously, and miscellaneously the crowd scattered. This caused consider able delay, but a new piece of hose was produced after some time, and. the Company went to the brakes again. They secured a record of 200 feet and 3 inches.

The ” Tempest” Company, of Battle Creek, next responded to the call. They had made preparations for a long throw, spreading broad strips of paper on the track some distance beyond ihe point reached by any other Company, to catch the last drop. But their estimate of themselves did not prove to be warranted by their performance, for after four trials, during which they were enthusiastically applauded by the crowd, they threw but 207 feet, falling short of the two first Companies by 12% in one case, and by 7 feet in the other.

The following (s a summary :

The judges’ report on Hand Engine contest is as’follows :


We, the Judges on Competitive Trials of Hand Engines at National Firemen’s Tournament, Chicago, Ill., September 6, 1878, find that:

We find the Companies entitled to prizes as follows:

Judges -O. H. NORTON, Peoria, ill.; W. ANDREWS, Battle Creek, Mich. ; THOMAS HAIR, Quincy, 111.

An intermission of half an hour followed this exhibition, which was devoted to dinner, ample arnhg’rnents having been made by the management or the entertainment of Firemen and guests. The attendance had largely increased wh’-n the exercises were resumed.

The afternoon opened with an exhibition of


in which Chicago, Dubuque, and St. Louis entered. A four-story building had been erected for the exhibition of this branch of the Firemen’s service. The task assigned was to scale to the roof of the building on ladders in the quickest possible time. It was an interesting performance, and one requiring gieat skill and care.

The Dubuque Company made the first trial. They first scaled the building in a squad of four men. The operation is as follows: An iron ladder with hooks at the top is raised and hooked upon the first window-sill. One man ascends, slings one leg into the building, elevates the ladder to the next window. Another man on the ground now puts up another ladder, and the man in the first window passes it up to the third story. The man on the ground then goes to the third story, elevates a ladder, and this is kept up until a series of ladders is formed reaching from the ground to the roof, and one after another of the men clamber to the roof of the building.

This novel performance was gone through by the Dubuque company in three minutes and twenty-six seconds. Two of the Company then scaled the building, using two ladders and passing them from one to another from story to story. Their tune was 3.18.

The Chicago Fire Department then gave an exhibition identically the same in characteN Four men mounted to the roof, descended and took down their ladders in 3:17, and the doubles did the same thing in 2.18.

St. Louis displayed great celerity in this business, and the four men went through their performance in the quick time of I.51 3/4, and the two men went through theirs in 1 39.

Several interesting exhibitions were then made of various modes of saving life in time of fire. The Dubuques displayed their skill in raising ladders and mounting to the upper floor, throwing out a rope, raising a canvas basket and in it loweting sn^eral of their men.

A device to catch people jumping out of windows was next exhibited. It consists of a large, circular piece of canvas held by handles which contain stiff spiral springs. These handles were held by twelve or fifteen firemen, while several others jumped upon the canvas from the second and third story windows. Men were also shot from the top floor to the ground through a canvas bag, the top of which was fastened to the window-sill and the bottom of which was held swiftly out by a dozen or more firemen. Men were also lowered by various rope tacklings, and several patent devices were tested.

The judges’ report on the Pompier contest is as follows :


To the Hoard of Control National Firemen’s Tournament:

‘ Gentlemen—Your Committee appointed to pass upon the efficiency of the Pompier Life Saving Corps, on exhibition at Dexter Park, September 6th. beg leave to report as follows :

First 1’rial—Putting four men from the ground to the top of a fourstory building, and all the men return to ground. Time—St. Louis, 1,15¾ ; Chicago, 2.14 2 ; Dubuque, 3 26.

Second Trial—Ot.e man from the ground, handling his own ladder on same building. Time :—St. Louis, 1.39; Chicago, 2.18; Dubuque, 2.21.

In the other exhibition of lifi-saving apparatus we report as follows : j ] Erecting apparatus and taking a person ftotu a four-story building to the ground. Time :—St. Louis, 2.02 ; Chicago, 2.03 ; Dubuque, 2.36.

As to the rneiit of the different life-saving apparatuses, it is the opinion of your Committee that the canvas chute used by the St. Louis Corps is the most practicable and safest for the purpose required. To the four most proficient men of all participants, your Committee respectfully suggest the following names as being entitled to gold medals :

Thomas Myers, St. Louis ; Phelim O’ Toole, St. Louis; Enor Anderson, Chicago; Geo. Muegge, Dubuque ; all of which is respectfully submitted.



First Trite, ⅜JOO, St. Louis Corps.

Second Trite, fiioo, Chicago, Corps.

Gold Medals: — Thomas Meyers, St. Louis; Phelim O’ Toole, St. Louis, Enor Anderson, Chicago ; Geo. Mueege, Dubuque, Iowa.



Several Fire Steamers were then tested, the Engine throwing 100 feet in the quickest time to be entitled to the Buck-horns, and the one throwing the longest distance to take first prize. The test began with cold water, and ten minutes was allowed each Engine to work from the time of lighting the fire.

The first Steamer to go to work was “ Chicago Engine No. 10.’ Under the above requirements, it threw a stream 228 feet and 3 inches. ,

“ Joliet No. 1″ steamed up directly afterward. It threw a distance of 193 feet and 6 inches.

After a good deal of delay, tfce Steamer ” J. G. Meachem,” of Racine, Wis., unlimbered and threw 192 teet.

The “Aurora” Steamer, which was the next contestant, had a coupling break, which caused a brief delay, but, upon its being repaired, a good throw and a record of 207 feet and 3 inches was made.

The Engine which concluded this contest was “ Engine No. 1,” of Bloomington, 111. The distance attained was 182 feet 8 inches.

The “ Chicago Engine No. 10” consequently took the first prize for longdistance throwing, and the “ Aurora” Steamer, which threw a stream 100 feet in 4 minutes and 57 seconds from the time of steaming up, took the Buck-horns.

The judges’ report and award were as follows :


We, the Committee on Steam Fire Engine Contest—distance and time— report as follows :

Chicago, No. 10, distance, 228 feet 3 inches; Chicago No. 10, distance, 100 feet. 6 minutes 25^ seconds. Joliet No. 1, distance, 193 feet 6 inches; Joliet No. 1, distance, 100 feet, 5 minutes 53 seconds. Racine No. 1, distance, 192 feet. Aurora, distance, 207 feet 3 inches; Aurora, distance, 100 feet, 4 minutes 57 seconds. Bloomington No. 1, distance 182 feet 8 inches.



1st, NATIONAL, $350, Chicago.

2d, “ $150, Aurora.

3d, “ $100, Joliet.

1st, STATE, $150, Chicago.

2d, “ $100, Aurora.

3d, “ $75. Joliet.

And Buck Horns, for throwing ioo feet in quickest time, to Aurora.


The closing event of the day was an exhibition of rapid hitching of horses to apparatus. The first prize was a gold medal to each ot four men who should hitch up in the quickest time, each squad of four to have three trials. Engine No. 28, of Chicago, was the winner. The squad consisted of Messrs. J. C. Snyder, Peter Kipley, James Maloney, John B. Jaineyfield. Their time was 7¾ seconds on the three trials, an average time to each trial of 2 7-12 seconds.

The next was a display of single hooking, one man hooking a team to a Steamer. Chemical Company No. 1, of Peoria, was the winner, the time being 26¾ seconds in three trials, or an average of 8 11-12 seconds for each trial. •

The judges in this contest were O. H. Norton, Peoria, and John Lindsay and Charles Evans, of St. Louis. The time-keepers were B, B. Bullwinkle. and Commissioner Gorman, of New York. The judges’ report on above is as follows ;


DEXTER PARK, CHICAGO, Ill., September 7, 1878.

To the Executive Committee of the Illinois State Firemen s Association :

GENTLEMEN :—We, the undersigned judges in hitching to apparatus, hooking eight (8) snaps, viz.—four traces, two pole ch .ins, two cross lines— find that ihe four (4) members of Engine Company No. 20, of Chicago, are each entitled to a gold medal. The time made by said Company in three (3) trials being 2¾, 2¾, 2¾ seconds, the average being 2 5-12 seconds. In the single hitch, we find John Waugh, of Chemical Engine No. 1, of Peoria, Ill , is entitled to a gold medal lor the best single hitch, time being 9 1/4, 8⅛, 9⅝ seconds, the average time being 8 11-12 seconds Respectfully submitted, JUDGES-JOHN LINDSAY, CHAS. EVANS, O. H. NORTON.

NOTH.-A second prize for single hitching was offered by H. E. Chadwick, of Providence, R. 1., and was a handsome silver-plated Providence Adjustable Hitch, and was won by Peter Kipley, of Engine No. 28, Chicago Fire Department, tyhose time was only a trifle below that of Mr. Waugh, of Peoria. The latter gentleman used his own apparatus, and Mr. Kipley a strange one.



A large crowd was in attendance at Dexter Park to witness the closing contests. The first event of the day was called on time and the subsequent ones went off expeditiously. The opening exhibition was afforded by several Hand Engine Companies, who showed what they could do in the way ot making a run, reeling off a section of hose, getting to work on the brakes, and throwing a stream.

The entries were: “ New Peoria,” Peoria, 111.; “ Water Witch,” Quincy, Ill.; “ Winnebagos,” Rockford, Ill. They were sent off in the order named. The “ Peorias ” took a position somewhat above the distance pole, or forty rods from the water-tank which provided the water supply ; this distance being required by the terms of the contest. They were accompanied by a Hose Cart drawn by ten or twelve men. The run down was incredibly rapid, in less than one minute the water-tank was reached. The suction-pipe was immediately immersed, the hose was unreeled, the men seized the brakes, and in less than twelve seconds afterward a stream was in play. The time made was 1.12.

The next contestant was the ” Water Witch ” Company, of Quincy, Ill. It made the run rapidly, but lost time in removing its suction-pipe. The time was 1.16½.

The “ Winnebagos,” of Rockford, Ill., made the next trial. Their Engine was heavy and the run down was slow. They got to work quickly after I reaching the tank, but their time was not better than 1 26¾.

The three Companies took, in the order mentioned, respectively the first econd and third prizes—$200, $100 and $75.

The judges report as follows:


CHICAGO, Ill., September 7, 1878.

We, the judges in Sweepstakes for Hand Engines, running forty rods and getting first water through 500 feet of hose, pipe on, we find the New Peoria No. 4, of Peoria, Ill,, did the same in 1 minute, 10¾ seconds. Water Witch, of Quincy, 111., 1 minute, 17 1/4 seconds. Winnebago, Rockford, III.,

1 minute, 26¾ seconds. New Peoria, first prize, $200. Water Witch, second prize. $100. Winnebago, third prize, $75.

Judges— O. H. NORTON, Peoria, Ill.; THOMAS HAIR, Quincy, Ill.; J. MORRISON, Muscarine, Iowa.

The audience was now afforded an exhibition of a self-propelling Steamer which went around the mile track in three minutes 1 ¾ seconds.


The next feature furnished a display of the actual work of a Fire Department. The two-story frame building which had been constructed for this purpose were set on fire, and extinguished by the several Steamers. A separate building had been erected for each company participating, and the test of superiority was as to which Steamer should extinguish the fire with the least loss to the building, the structure being allowed to burn ten min. utes before a stream should be brought to bear upon it.

The first steamer to make the trial was the propeller No. 17, of the Chicago Fire Department. The building was filled with combustible material, and smeared with kerosene oil. At the expiration of ten minutes the flames were rolling out from all sides. The stream was brought prompriy to bear and the flames very speedily subdued. The Steamer worked upon the building until all signs of fire were extinguished. This fe iture of the tournament excited a good deal of enthusiasm, and the crowd generally deser’ed their seats and swarmed upon the ground in the vicinity of the burning building to better see all that might be going on.

The same performance was gone through by the Joliet Steamer No, 1, which next accepted a trial.

The Steamer ” J. G. Meachem,” of Racine, Wis., was the next to illustrate the practical duties of Firemen. When this building was in flames the wind had shifted and blew briskly from the west. The building was enveloped in flames and burned with great rapidity. Nevertheless, their work was very effective, and they saved the structure before the roof had fallen, although it was suspended only by the charred, studding the heaviness of which had more successfully resisted the flames. During this test one of the neighboring buildings took fire, but the flames were suppressed by a Chemical Engine.


During the progress of this exhibition, the Pompier Life-saving Corps, of St. Louis, gave another series of performances similar to those of the day before.

The St. Louis Pompier Corps consist ‘d of nine men. The rapidity with which they scaled the four-story building erected for the illustration of the service was really marvellous. They ascended singly, in fours, and with all hands, going through about the same evolutions described the previous day. They were anxious to test their skill on some of the lofty down-town buildings during their stay here, but the arrangements necessary could not be made.

In the afiernoon the crowd rapidly increased. The seats were packed and

a large number of carriages densely filled the grounds.


One of the buildings, which had been partially burned yesterday, was patched up, receiving a new roof and siding, and was again fired.

The “ Stanton ” Chemical Engine from New York was given the job of extinguishing the fire, which it very promptly did. The house was completely enveloped in flames before the Engine began work. It was supplied with the King Compound for fire extinguishment. The fire was so hot that Mr. Stanton was seriously scorched, while handling the stream, but he succeeded in extinguishing the flames.


The remaining two-story buildings were fired, and the Steamers City of Aurora, and Prairie Bird, of Bloomington, promptly saved them from utter destruction.

The adjusters and judges of the Steamer contests reported as follows :


To the Executive Committee of the Illinois State Firemens Association .

Gentlemen:—Your Committee appointed to take charge and act as Judges of the list of Steamers on fires in the burning buildings, would respectfully report that five Steamers worked on a like number of buildings:

No. 1, Steamer No. 17, of Chicago, III.; No. 2, Steamer from Joilet, Ill.; No. 3, Steamer from Racine, Wis.; No. 4, Steamer from Aurora, Ill.; No. 5, Steamer from Bloomington, Ill.

We let each Company report that all was ready when the fire was started in the respective buildings, and then lit the fire as near alike in each case and let it burn for ten minutes, when the word was given to thro water. We would further report that building No. 3 was as badly burned in seven minutes as Nos 1 and 2 in ten minutes, and that 4 and 5 were as badly burned in eight minutes as Nos. 1 and a in ten minutes, and No. 3 in seven minutes. This we ascribe to the rising of the wind and variation in the burning of the fires, as Firemen are well aware that no two fires burn exactly alike, although the conditions and circumstances may appear the same :

Committee.—S. McDoWALl., Racine, Wis.; L. O. HILL, Aurora, Ill.; J. MORRISON. Muse tine, Iowa; C. W. EATON, Cedar Rapids, Iowa ; W. W. FOSTER, Decatur, Ill.; C. S. PETRIE, Chicago, III.

Geo. M. Howe, Esq., Chairman Executive Committee National Firemen’s Tournament.

DEAR SIR Your Committee appointed on the adjustment of Loss and Damage to the buildings burned at the exhibitions of September 7 h, 1878, beg leave to report as follows: We numbered the buildings commencing with the one nearest the grand stand as No. 1.

We find as follows:

Salvage on No. 1, 10 per cent, Bloomington ; Salvage on No. 2. 5 per cent, Aurora; Salvage on No. 3,5 per cent, Racine; Salvage on No. 4, 30 per cent, Joilet; Salvage on No 5, 15 per cent, Chicago.

The loss and damage to the above named buildings is as follows :

Building No. 1, loss 90 per cent; No. 2, 95 per cent; No. 3, 95 per cent; No. 4, 70 per cent; No, 5, 75 per cent; all ot which is respectfully submitted!

Adjusting Committee— B. VERNOR, Detrori; C. C. DANA, Chicago’ I. B. HALL, Columbus. ’


National.—First Prize, $350, and -ilvcd Plated Water Service, donated by the NATIONAL FIREMAN’S JOURNAL, to Steamer Company from Joilet, III.

Second Prize, $200 and 3 volumes of Knight’s Mechanics Dictionary, presented by Steamer Minnehaha, St. Paul. Minn., and six Rubber Coats from National Itnhk*. Co., of firist 1, R. I„ to Steamer Company No. 17, of Chicago.

Thhd Prize, $100 to Steamer from Bloomington, HI. Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, of Chicago, being the only participant, walked off with the 1st prize, $200.

Self-propeller No. 17 again made the trip around the mile track, making the circuit in 2 minutes and 58 seconds.


During the afternoon a section of the American Double or Jacket Seamless Cotton Hose, manufactured at Chelsea, Mass., was made. The following is the judges’ report :


We, the undersigned Committee, have seen one section of American Patented Double or Jacket Cotton Hose tested with the following pressure with force-pump:

250 lbs. water-pressure, hose stretched 23 inches,

After standing the 600 lbs. pressure for five minutes, we found that the hose had stretched some 7 feet, and then bur ted

Committee—C. SCHIMMELS, Captain Engine No. 25; L. FIKNE, Captain Hook and Ladder No. 8.


The following is the report of the Committee on the contest between the


Wc, the undersigned Committee on Music for the Contest of Bands at the National Firemen’s Tournament in Chicago, award prizes as follows First Prize—Monmou’h, Ill., Fourth R-gimcnt Band, $250.

Second Prize—Ionia Band, of Ionia, Mich., $150.

No other bands were present fof the contest.



During the afternoon a test was made of the Respirating apparatus of Prof. A. Lacour, of New York. A dense smudge was male in one of the buildings, the fire being composed of shavings, straw, leather findings, mixed with sulphur and saturated with kerosene. The Professor entered the building with his Respirator, and remained sixteen minutes. The following is the report of the committee:


CHICAGO, September 6, 1878.

We, the committee appointed to witness a test of the practical qualiues of A. Lacour’s improved respirating apparatus, hereby submit the following report. We placed in a perfectly air tight two-story building a large quantity of shavings, straw and leather findings thoroughly mixed with sulphur, and after letting it burn un il the building was filled with dense smoke sent Mr. Lacour into the building with respirating apparatus attached. He walked about in the building and seemed to suffer no inconvenience whatsoever, remaining inside the building sixteen minutes. We deem the exhibition a success. Respectfully submitted.

Committee—D. TULLY, E. J. MITCHELL, Somerville, Ky.; JOHN WAUGH, Peoria^Ill.


During the afternoon there was a contest between Steamers entered by manufacturers. The judges had spent much time in arranging for the several tests, which were designed originally to put to their mettle all Steamers competing. As‘there were but two entries, however—the Silsby Manufacturing Company, of Seneca Fails, N. Y„ and the La France Manufacturing Company, of Elmira, N. Y.—both of these being rotary Engines, the conditions were somewhat modified. Much time was consumed in perfecting the arrangements and determining the classification of the Engines, which, when completed, was not satisfactory, the La France entering as a third-class, and claiming that the Silsby fourth-class was, in reality, a third-class in capacity of pumps, boiler, etc. The judges were Professor A. Lambert, of Chicago, a gentleman who ranks high as a practical and scientific Engineer, William Brandon, formerly an Assistant Engineer in the New York P’ire Department, and A. C. Ellithorpe, a hydraulic Engineer of high standing in the West. The following is the official record of the working of each Steamer, each working ten minutes.


Working from. Cold Water.

Played through 200 feet of hose and 1¾ inch nozzle. Horizontal stream, 208 7-10 feet; petpendtcular stream, 132 2-10 feet.


Working from Cold Water.

Played through 100 feet hose and 1 1/8 inch nozzle.

Horizontal stream,

233210 feet; perpendicular stream, 163 2 1/2-10 feet.


Working from Cold Water.

Played through 100 feet hose and 1 1/8 inch nozzle. Horizontal stream,

339 9-10 feet; perpendicular stream, 159 feet.

The dimensions of the boilers of the La France and the fourth-class

Silsby were reported to be as nearly equal as two different makes of boilers could well be, and the pumps the same. The ” Silsby” made ;8o pounds w ater pressure, and the La France 230 pounds. Much interest was manifested in the contest, and both Steamers were greatly admired by the many practical Firemen who examined them and watched them at work. The following is the


To the Boiirtl of Control of the Illinois State Firemen’s Association:

CHICAGO, September 7, 1878.

We, the gentlemen of the committee appointed to examine and test the Steam Fire Engines placed on exhibition at the National Firemen’s Tournament, held in Chicago in the month of September. 1878, after a thorough examination and severe test, award the First Pr ze to the Silsbv Rotary Engine ot the fourth class, and the Second Prize to the ” Jeanie Jewell,” a Rotary Engine of ihe third class, built by the La France Company, Elnura, N. Y.

COMMITTEE-PROF. A. LAMBERT, S. G., of Chicago; WM. BRANDON, of New York; A. C. ELLITHORPE, of Chicago.


l’he closing contest was between three drum corps—those of the 1st regiment, the 2d regiment and the Sixteenth battalion. They entered into a series of evolutions, intelligible only to the scientific eye, but which were at least pretty in the interpretation of the multitude. There were so many steps to the minute and so many taps of the drum-stick to the step, and certain graceful evolutions of the drum-major’s baton. All of this was observed by the judges and certain credit-marks set down. Tile 1st regiment drum corps made 39 points ; the ad regiment corps, 36, and the Sixteenth battalion, 6. The judges reported as follows:


CHICAGO, September 7, 1878.

We, the Committee on Drum Contest, declare the 1st regiment I. N. G. Drum Corps entitled to the medal. Credit-marks—1st regiment, 39 joints; 2d reginvnt, 36 points; Sixteenth battalion, 6.



The presentation of a handsome stand of colors, consisting of the stars and stripes and a banner of blue, was made to the Fire Department by the citizens of Chicago. The following acted as the Committee of Presentation : Messrs Phil. Hoyne, W. K. Sullivan, J. St. Clair Cleveland, Aid. W’etterer, Acting Mayor Gilbert, John O’Neil, C. E. Felton, Dr. Dunne, Aid. Cullerton, L. D. Cleveland, and E. F. C. Klokke.

The Department drew up in front of the judges’ stand, and in the name of the Department Marshal Benner received the gift. The presentation speech was made by Acting Mayor Gilbert, which was brief and pointed.

Marshal Benner responded in a few words, w hen cheer after cheer was sent up for the Depar ment and for Messrs. Gilbert and Benner.

The emblem of blue is a very handsome flag of medium size, fringed with gold and stamped on either side, “ Chicago Fire Department.” On one side also is a representation of a Fireman’s hat, and on the other a Fireman rescuing a child from a burning building.

After the presentation the Firemen fell into line, and, headed by the Committee and the band, marched up and down the track, receiving the applause of the spectators.


While the Pompier Life-Saving Corps, of Chicago, were making an exhibition of their agility in mounting to the top of the four-story building, Nicholas Geist fell from the top to the ground. He made some mistake in attempting to hook his ladder to the projecting edge of the roof, and fell with the ladder still in his hand. He turned half over in the descent and fortunately struck

on his shoulder and side. He was rendered insensible, and his shoulder was dislocated and collar-bone broken. Dr. Henrotin was near at hand and rendered prompt assistance. Geist was carried to the Transit house. It is thought that he will recover. The building from which he fell is fifty-three feet high. P’ortunately he struck upon the bare ground, just at the edge of a plank walk, or he must otherwise have been instantly killed. Geist is a young man about twenty-five years of age. Two of his brothers have been killed at fires while in the service of the Chicago Department.

Still another unfortunate accident occurred, illustrating the dangers which attend the extinguishing of fires. The managers did not intend to exhibit this branch of the service, but it appeared nevertheless. Richard Dunn, belonging to Patrol No. 2, was sent into one of the burning buildings while a Steamer was playing upon it, and, before he could escape, the flames surrounded him, and he was severely burned. The hot smoke and burning gasoline which had been used to saturate the building were drawn into his mouth and burned him internally. His feet and hands were very badly burned, so that amputation will be necessary.


The following are some of the protests submitted to the Board of Control against the decision of the judges :

CHICAGO, September 4, 1878.

M. Benner, Chief and Board of Control Illinois State Firemen s Association:

Gentlemen : We see by the award of the judges, in the morning paners, that the First Na ional Prize has been awarded to the Barnes Hose Company, of Burlington, Vt , average time, 62 ¾ seconds ; Second National Prize to the ” Alert ’ Hose Company, of Big Rapids, Mich., average time, 65 seconds ; Third National Prize to the Dixon” Hose Company, of Dixon, Ill , average time, 67 seconds; I-irst State Prize to “Dixon,” of Dixon, Ill., average time, 67 seconds ; Second State Prize to “ Rescue” Hose Company, of Decatur, Ill., average time, 68⅝ seconds. We have learned that the judges, in making up their estimates of average time, added to time as follows, viz. : “ Barnes,” first run, 63^ seconds ; second, 61 ¼ ; added time, ⅛ ; total, 125^ ; average time, 62¾. ” Dixon,” first run, 66¾ ; second, 67 ; added time, ¾ ; total, 134 ; average time, 67. We understand that this ” added time” of ¼ second io ” Baines” Hose Company, and ⅛ second to ” Dixon” Hose Company, was added to time to make up for false starts, the Companies starting before the third tap of the gong, as instructed by the judges. This adding of time, we think, is wrong, and entirely beyond the duties of the judges, as showing no precedent in any previous contest of like character, and should be condemned as a dangerous precedent to allow for any but a fair following of the rules and instructions of judges at starting point, of which you are well aware. If the rules the judges make hold good in these cases, it will for any false work or accident that prevents any Company from winning, and opens up the returns of the time-keepers for close figuring, especially when many Companies are competing. You should, in all jus ice, overrule this decision of the judges, and the First National Prize should be awarded to the ” Alert” Hose Company, of Big Rapids, Mich., whose average is 65, no allowance, arvf all work according to rules; and Second Na ional Prize to “ Rescue” Hose Company, of Decatur, Ill., average time, 68⅝, no alliwance, and all work according to rules. If the judges make an allowance in one case, they should in alias, for instance, one of our Tillermen, owing to the bursting of one ot his shoes, fell and delayed the unreeling of the hose. Why was no allowance made for such mishap? GEORGE W. KRAFT, First Lieutenant,

Commanding ” Rescue” Hose Company No. 1, Decatur, Ill.

Matter investigated by examination of several witnesses, and the “ added time” deducted.

CHICAGO, Ill., September 5, 1878.

We, the Champion Chemical Fire Engine Company, of Racine, Wis., do protest against giving the Chicago Chemical Fire Engine Company No. 2 the Championship Prize on the ground that they generaied gas in the cilinder before the word to start was given, and would call to your notice that the fire given to the Racine Engine was much further advanced, and thus harder to control than any of the fires given for trial ; further, as to the position of the hose of the Babcock No2 not being in proper position as used in actual service.

M. BOHEM, Foreman; DAN’L ABESSER, Chief Racine Fire Department.

Examined witnesses—Not sustained.

CHICAGO, September 5, 1878.

VVe the members of Chemical Engine No. x, of Peoria, Id., pro est against the Babcock Engine, of Chicago, on the ground of generating gas betore the signal was given by the Judges to start, and also carrying hose not belonging to said Engine on the bracket at rear of Engine, when it should have been on the reel, the reel being full of other hose at the time, thereby allowing them to have two lines of hose, one only coming from the proper place, the reel.


Not sustained.

CHICAGO, Ill., September 7, 1878.

To the Executive Committee of the State Firemen’s Association :

Gentlemen—I hereby enter protest against the decision on Steamer trials : First, That there was no regular official time-keeper to call time, and that time was called on our Engine at 8⅛ minutes, when the rules allow us ten minutes. Therefore, we ask lor another trial for our Steamer under the rules, with some official time-keeper, and judges to fairly decide the matter. Our Steamer is the one from Racine, Wis., and the only one from outside the State of Illinois. Respectfully submitted,

P. J. TRACY, Engineer and Representative for Racine, Wis.

Appeal not sustained.

The “ Woodbury” Hose Company No. 1, of Marshalltown, Iowa, wanted another trial; on account of the crowd, their First Assistant could not connect with hydrant, and hose got caught in reel.

Captain Pennock, of “ Bates ” Hose Company, of Denver, Col., entered protest against the judges not giving them any time in either heat.

William Dodson, Chief Engineer of Decatur, Ill., Fire Department, entered protest against time being given “ Dixon ” Hose Company, of Dixon, Ill.; also protest “Barnes ” Hose Company, of Burlington, Vt., for starting on second instead of third stroke of the gong ; and also on judges, for adding half second to “Dixon” and “Barnes” Hose Companies, to make up on starting on second instead of third signal.

G. W. Loughman, Foreman “ Delta ” No. 1, of South Bend, Ind., protested against time allowed ” Denver,” Col., and “La Porte,” Ind., Companies, on second run, on account of starting two seconds ahead of time.

The Captain of the “Bates” Company, of Denver, Col., appealed from the decision of the judges, and asked leave to run again September 5, 1878.

William Wheaton, protested against the decision in the Foot Races.

P. E. Barstow protests against the discussion in Foot Races.

Charles W. Dey, Acting Foreman of” Dixon ” Hose Company No. 1, of Dixon, III., protested against the decision of the judges in Hose Races.

The Board of Control spent several hours in examining and discussing the various protests, and concurred in the report of the judges as amended and contained in the table in this report, excepting a correction of judges’ report as to misconnection of pipe by “ Indiana ” Hose, of Ottawa, 111., which gave that Company third State prize.


We, the committee on awarding diplomas to exhibitors of Fire Supplies, would respectfully report as follows: We award a diploma

To Cairns & Brother, No. 140 Grand street, N. Y., for Fire Equipments, Hats, Caps, Belts, Shirts, Trumpets, etc.

To Peter Stumps, No. 312 Cottage Grove avenue, Chicago, Ill., for Fire Equipments, Hats and Belts.

To A. F. Spawn & Co., No. no Liberty street, N. Y., for Fire Equipments, Hats, Caps, Shirts, Belts, etc.

To the Eureka Fire Hose Co., No. 13 Barclay street, N. Y., for exhibits — three brands Cotton Fire Hose, “ Eureka,” “ Paragon” and “ Red Cross;” also for the “ Eureka ” Seamless Cotton Suction Hose.

To the “ American Patent Double or Jacket ” Hose, and the Morse Coupling attached April, 1874.

To Prof. A. Lacour, Respirating Apparatus.

To the National Rubber Company, Bristol, R. I., for Rubber Coats.

To John E. Taber, Fall River, Mass., for Regulation Hose Spanner.

To H. Muellers & Co., Decatur, 111., Water and Gas Main Tapper.

To S. McCarty, Aurora, Ill., for Firemen’s Shield.

To II. E. Chadwick, No. 99 Benevolent street, Providence, R. I., for Providence Adjustable Hitch.

To H. Colman, Chicago, Ill., Pocket Spanner.

To II. Colman, Chicago, Ill., for Patent Steam Fire Engine Heatei.

To Reed & Knapp, No. 105 Clark street, Chicago, Ill., Knapp Patent Hose Jacket.

To Casewell Improved Coupling Company, No. 160 State street, Chicago, Ill., Cable Antiseptic Rubber-Lined Hose, patented July 8, 1873.

To Smith’s Improved Lightning Hitch, No. 160 State street, Chicago, Ill.

To W. A. Caswell, for Automatic Door Spring ; Hose Tester ; Automatic Hose Coupling Expander; Automatic HostCoupling; Caswell’s Improved Coupling ; Siamese Hydrant Shut Off; Variable Nozzle ; Spray, Air Nozzle; Solid Stream and Shut Off Combined Play-pipe; Hose Jacket; General Supplies ; Respirator ; Heater for Engines.

To Getzendanner & Marquardt, Dayton, Ohio, for Champion Swinging Harness.

To D. E. Gibbons, Chicago, 111., for Fire Escape.

To E. C. Hcaly, Chicago, Ill., for Fire Escape.

We, the Committee on Fire Supply, would award a diploma to the above named exhibitors.

COMMITTEE-GEO. P. DANA, Fond du Lac, Wis. ; JOHN H. WINDER, Day ton, Ohio; H. PENNOCK, Denver, Col.; JOHN P. OUTHWAITE, Ishpenlng, Mich.; C. FREDERICKS, Minneapolis, Minn.

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The National Tournament.


The National Tournament.

The first National Firemen’s Tournament ever held took place at Chicago last week, and, in spite of a few drawbacks, was a substantial success. The drawbacks were simply regarding matters of detail, some of which were inevitable from the fact that the Tournament was itself an experiment, its managers had no precedents to govern them, and were forced to make rules and regulations as they went along. In the general success which attended the affair, the few shortcomings can well be overlooked. The fact remains that a Fireman’s exhibition, from which all extraneous catchpenny performances were excluded, has served to attract 10,000 visitors a day to Dexter Park to witness the competitive tests set down on the programme. These contests brought! out everj’ branch of the Fire Service, and ; included every kind of apparatus and applij ance that goes to make up a Fire Depart! ment. There were competitive tests between ! Steam Engines, Hand Engines, Chemical j Engines, and Extinguishers ; Hose Company j races, trials of speed and endurance ; comI petitive tests between life-saving corps ; exhibitions of skill in extinguishing burning buildings; exhibitions of fire supplies by manufacturers, &c., &c. In short, the public was treated to such an exhibition of the skill belonging to the Fire Service as it never before had an opportunity to witness. That it was highly enjoyed by them was evidenced by the crowds in daily attendance, among whom were large numbers of ladies. Firemen, by companies and individually, were in attendance from every section of the country, except the feverstricken South, and, without exception, so far as we heard, gave their approval to the Tournament. The Firemen were on their good behavior from first to last, and, amid all the excitement and spirited contention, there was no wrangling, no quarreling, no drunkenness, no rowdyism. The citizens of Chicago, the press and all visiting strangers, were unanimous in their commendation of the conduct of the men. It must be confessed that there had been some apprehension lest the Tournament should prove to be one of those riotous demonstrations which used to characterize the gatherings of Firemen in the old days, when Hand Engines were kings, and the most muscular company victors ; but that these apprehensions were without foundation is a pleasing disappointment to all concerned.

What good results have been achieved ? is a very natural inquiry. First, the Firemen have shown to the world that they can assemble on special occasions, have a good time, interest the public in their exhibitions of skill and efficiency, and conduct themselves in a manner which shall win the approval of their fellow citizens; they have shown, in fact that average citizens, organized into Fire Companies are thereby improved in their morals and general bearing. Second, the Tournament has been a school of instruction for all who were present. Not a man present who was interested in fire matters, but obtained new ideas relative to the business of fire extinguishment which will be of value to him in the future. Fire Commissioners and Chief Engineers from New York, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other Eastern cities, enjoyed the various exhibitions, and were free to confess that they had learned much. If these veteran Firemen derived even a very little benefit from the Tournament, how much more must those representatives of smaller places have learned, whose means of fire extinguishment are more limited ? Third, the various competitive tests demonstrated conclusively that the larger Departments do not possess, by any means, all the skill, efficiency and superior appliances for fire extinguishment. Fourth, the representatives of the smaller places were shown how fires are extinguished by thoroughly trained men, and j the most approved apparatus, and how much j more advantageous steam is than human ! muscle. The exhibits made by manufacti urers were also instructive, enabling the Firemen to see that science is keeping pace with them in the improvement of the Fire Service ; that as the one improves its fiersontiel, the other improves its appliances and material.

On the whole, the Tournament must be voted a success, and its originator, Marshal Benner, of Chicago, the officers and members of the Illinois State Firemen’s Association, under whose auspices it was given and the enterprising citizens of Chicago, who heartily seconded their efforts, are entitled to the highest praise for the energy and enterprise they exhibited in conducting an affair of such magnitude.