TRIAL OF A STEAM FIRE ENGINE.
The authorises of Holyoke, Mass., being desirous of adding an additional Steamer to the Fire service of the city, it was arranged that a trial between the Silsby and La France Engines be held on February 25. A committee of practical Firemen and mechanics was appointed to test the machines. The Committee on Fire Department at Holyoke is composed of E. A. Whiting, Chairman, and H. Smith, S. T. Miller, C. D. Gerean and P. Sheridan. The Special Committee appointed consisted of A. P. Leshure, and George A. Ellis, of Springfield; James E. Halsey and C. F. Hadley, of Chicopee, and William Grover, of Holyoke. The day of the trial arrived, but the La F’rance Engine was the only one oa the ground. Below is given an abs ract from the official report of the trial, which, it will be seen, was a critical one:
lH INCH SMOOTH NOZZLE—IOO FEET HOSE.
The following letter has been received from our Holyoke correspondent, a mean ber of the Department of that city, relative to the trial:
HOLYOKE, March 14.—1 he new first-class crane-neck La France Fire Engii made a splendid showing of her powers of endurance at the trial on February 2 As we predicted, the Silsby machine did not appear.to battle for the honors, greadly to the disgust of her supporters, who are now stopping at Elmira for the rest of the season. The Committee on Fire Department made a wise step when they decided to have the construction of the two different Engines taken into consideration, and perhaps this point among others was a‘‘leetletew mutch” for the Seneca Falls Engine. The tests were changed somewhat by the Board of Judges, so that they were much more severe than at the New York trirl, yet in every case the ” Monarch ” was equal to the emergency, and the gauges indicated forcibly, “ No, you don’t.” On the long line test, the water gauge at Engine indicated 320 pounds water pressure, while the steam gauge registered 105 pounds pressure. This remarkable high pressure surprised many Engineers from abroad, who were spectators of the test, and they freely expressed their opinion that they never saw the like of it before. Among the multitude of spec’ators were many Firemen and exFiremen from abroad who were strong advocates of the Diston Engine, but, upon the completion of the different tests, openly admitted that the LaFrance Rotary far excelled anything they had ever seen in the Steam Fire Engine line. The improvements in the La France nest tube boiler seems to receive the highest commendation of all mechanics who have made an examination of the suptrior construction of same over all others, and is to them apparent in every case. The Engine was unfortunate in not having solid rubber hose to use, instead of rubber lined fabric hose, which kept twisting like some huge snake. SQUIB.