Trial of Motor Engines at Montgomery
Interesting competitive tests of a Nott engine and one of the Webb type will soon be made at Montgomery, Ala. Certified checks have been deposited with the city to bind the agreement, and no doubt the companies will put both feet foremost to win what promises to be an exciting contest of the two classes of engines. Following is the full text of the agreement: State of Alabama, County of Montgomery. Whereas, the City of Montgomery is desirous of purchasing a gasoline motor fire engine: and, whereas, bids have been received by the City of Montgomery, together with specifications from the Nott Fire Engine Company of Minneapolis, and the Webb Fire Apparatus Company of St. Louis, for a second-size engine of seven hundred gallons capacity, and, whereas, the city desires to require a competitive test of the different types of engines to be built according to specifications submitted by each company, the test to determine to which company the contract shall be awarded, and, whereas, each of the above companies named is willing to submit to this test and to deposit for that purpose each a certified check for $500; therefore, it is agreed by the City of Montgomery on the one hand, and the Nott Fire Engine Company and the Webb Fire Apparatus Company, separately, upon the other hand, that there shall be held, in the City of Montgomery, within 185 days from date, a test to determine which is the better type of the aforementioned engines; the test to be carried out under the following conditions, to-wit: Each company is to send to Montgomery an engine of the above mentioned type and capacity, at its own expense, and to bring or to send men to operate the same; that the conditions under which each engine is is to be tested are to be identical; that each engine is to use the same hose, same nozzle, all gauges to be tested by a standard gauge before and after the tests, and that each engine will be tested separately from the same hydrant and from the same draft, and each test will be for a period of thirty minutes and records taken every fifteen seconds. Records to be taken of water pressure from the gauge at the tip of the nozzle, so as to get an average sustaining pressure. It is further agreed that should any minor accident occur to either engine provided for this test, that said accident shall be repaired within ten days, and that the expense occasioned by such delay to the other party shall be borne by the parties whose engine has met with such accident. It is further agreed, that the successful engine in this test shall come up to the specifications on file, and should show a delivering capacity of not less than 700 gallons per minute against a pressure of not less than 150 pounds at the pumps with from 30 to 50 pounds on hydrant, and that the city expressly agrees to award the contract to the owner of the successful engine. This test is to be carried out under the supervision of the chief of the fire department and parties selected by the honorable mayor of the city of Montgomery for taking records. That the records taken at each test as reported by the judges or, a majority thereof, shall determine the result and the successful competitor. It is further expressly agreed and understood between the parties that the unsuccessful competitor shall forfeit to the city of Montgomery for expenses to conduct the test and for general municipal purposes the certified check now on deposit with the city of Montgomery, and that should either or both of the aforementioned companies fail to enter the competition, as herein provided, or fail to send an engine to Montgomeryfor such competition, the certified checks of either or both of said companies so failing shall also he forfeited to the city of Montgomery for general municipal purposes, and that should either or both of said engines fail to come up to specifications, then the checks now on deposit shall be forfeited to the City of Montgomery. The Nott Fire Engine Company expressly agreeing that they will furnish a motor driven gasoline fire engine that on test will pump more water than any second-size steam fire engine in service in the city of Montgomery from draft or hydrant under same conditions. All parties hereto agree that if the Robinson Fire Apparatus Company, of St. Louis, complies with all the conditions of this agreement, and deposits a certified check for $500, payable to the city of Montgomery, within ten days from the date hereof, they shall be allowed to enter this contest.