THE WOODHOUSE LIFE-SAVING NET.
On June 4 last D. A. Woodhouse was granted a patent on his Russia bolt-rope life-saving net, with springs. This excellent appliance has been thoroughly tested, and is now in use in a number of fire departments, including that of New York city. The advantage this net has over others is, that it not only has springs to relieve the weight falling into it and prevent any jar, but it may be carried on any piece of apparatus—something which cannot be done with other nets, owing to their inconvenient make. The Woodhouse net is so constructed that all ropes bring to bear on the centre from hand-hold ropes. The net is made of Russian bolt-rope. Each particular strand is interwoven and firmly sewed together at the point of crossing, insuring the maximum strength and wearing qualities. To the outer band-hold ropes are attached spiral springs to take off the strain from the men holding the net. All nets are ten feel in diameter and can be carried on any piece of fire apparatus. When rolled up, they measure seventeen by seventeen by thirty-seven inches. The Woodhouse net was tested in the training school of the New York fire department, and, after nine months hard service, ten were ordered, and are now in service. This life-net was the first Russia-bolt circular net manufactured with springs which hooked into apertures, and all other Russia-bolt life-nets are claimed by the manufacturers as infringements on the Woodhouse patent. These nets are made by the D. A. Woodhouse Manufacturing company, 59 Park place, Manhattan. New York. The company is also the Eastern agent for the Nott Fire Engine company, of Minneapolis.
Fire Marshal Peter Seery, who on January 14, 1902, was removed from his office by former Fire Commissioner Sturgis of New York city and was reinstated by the Supreme court, last January, has brought suit against the city for back pay and interest, alleged by him to be due for the two years he was out of the department. He fixes his claim and its amount on the basis of the salary of a battalion chief. $3,300 annually, instead of $3,000 annually, the pay of a fire marshal. This is done for the reason that Seery’s successor, in January, 1902. Fire Marshal Freel, was later appointed a battalion chief by Fire Commissioner Hayes, and received the salary paid in that position, atlhough continuing the duties of a fire marshal.