UNUSUAL WEATHER CONDITIONS.
The two weeks past have been signalized by remarkable climatic conditions in all of the Northern and Eastern sections of the country, and with the added trouble of the coal shortage there has been much suffering and discomfort experienced by every one. Especially has the extreme cold hit the firemen, not only in the added difficulties and dangers incident to their work but also in the greatly increased number of fires, due to overheating, and the use of the deadly oil stove. In New York City conditions have not had a parallel in the memory of the oldest veteran of the department. After a few minutes’ work at a fire the firemen have become veritable pillars of ice, and in many cases axes had to be resorted to to chop the men free from their ice coating before they could stir from their posts. It is told in one instance that Chief KenIon could not raise his foot to enter his automobile, so encrusted were his limbs with ice. One of the annoying results of the extreme weather has been the trouble experienced by the fire departments with the automatic sprinklers. Several alarms have proved to be, on the arrival of the firemen, simply the result of the freezing of the sprinkler pipes which, bursting, set off the automatic alarm and brought out the firemen unnecessarily.