WAHT THEY SAY.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.
(THE JOURNAL does not hold itself responsible for the ideas, opinions or prejudices expressed by its correspondents. Our policy is to give every one fair play, and our desire is to place on record te experience of practical Firemen in the management of fires, fire apparatus and all that pertains to the Fire Service. To this end, we permit the greatest latitude of expression to correspondents, simply requiring them to avoid personalities, and expectiug them to state facts.)
RANDOLPH, June 15.—Our town of late has b’ en in a sort of uproar over the purchase of Hose from the American Jacket Company. There were some suspicions that there was a little ” log-rolling ” in giving the order to the Jacket Company. which smelled something like the Pittsburg, Pa., affair, of which THE JOURNAL has spoken in the most positive terms, and in a manner that meets the approbation of every honest Fireman who loves far play and fair dealing. I have seen from time to time in your p iper something in regard to the suit of the Belting and Packing Company for infringement of patent. 1 have also seen the denials of the Chelsea concern. Now, of the merits of the suit in question 1 know but little, but there is an old saying that seems to fit this case in its present aspect, “that where there is smoke there must be some fire.” It is currently reported that there was a little crookedness in filling the order, and that the article sent was not like the sample. However this may be l know not, but if somebody had cut one of the couplings off, he would have proved whether it was double dealing or double Jacket or not. Whether it is or is not matters l.ttle, but there is one thing that looks strange, which is that some hundreds of leet of this hose was returned, and report says that ” Cable ” was put in its place, and that the matter was compromised in this way to avoid a law suit with the New York Belting and Packing Company. _ PICKERING.
LAWRENCE, June 17.—No firesor even alarms since my las*, and the only excitement or amusement we have had has been at the expense of Essex No. 4. The Engineer remodeled the House for the Company this Spring, doing a very creditable piece of work, and making it one of the best Engine-houses in the city. That the Company fully appreciate it, they sent out cards tor a house warming last Monday, and upwards of aoo of our most pronrnent citizens responded, and judging by the mirth and hilarity, one must conclude that they all enjoyed themselves to the fullest extent. A very bountiful J-epast was spread, and, after all had been supplied. Foreman Foster called the party to order, when short and stirring speeches were made by Chief Engineer Heald, Senator Byron Truell, Representative Emery, Councilmen Kennedy and Howe, Colonel J. D. Drew, Foreman Merrill, of Washington No. 5; Thomas H. Ashworth, of No. 4; and others. The wee small hours began to grow large before the company dispersed. ThflLpraise bestowed upon Foreman Foster and his command for hospitality, and also for marked neatness and care bestowed upon everything connected with tne building, was very generous, and in no sense misplaced, and was not put on just for this occasion. It is an aiknowledged fact that no Company has or ever had, in this city, at least, a steward who knows his business, and knowing, performs it so thoroughly at all times, as Mr. Ashworth, of No. 4. The Board of Trustees of the Relief Association have made salaried men of some of its officers, which is a very questionable proceeding in the minds of many of its members, when they consider the fact that the Association is in its infancy, and depends mainly on charity for support. I presume it was simply done as a compliment, as these men take too much interest in the Association to ever accept a dollar in payment for services rendered. The city fathers are at loggerheads in the matter of a Fourth of July celebration, the popular branch wanting a good one, and voting unanimously to have it, but the upper board are more on the economical plan, and think a little one is good enough for us. How it will be settled is yet a conundrum. The Hook and Ladder Company have just got the new Swinging Harness for their Truck, and we shall look for some quick hitching from them in future. Chief Enginee Heald has gone to New Hampshire to try his hand at the gun and fishing rod. Engineman Gilbert, of No. 10, Boston, was in town last week making some of his old friends and acquaintances a visit. Joe formerly was a Lawrence boy, but has been many years connected with the Boston Department. AMOSKEAG.
TRENTON, N. J.
TRENTON, June 18.—The self-telegraphingover the Fire Alarm was caused by the .telephone wire being down on the Alarm wire in several places. Superintendent Wi ham soon remedied the same, and everything now is in working order except the bell striker. The boys are getting impatient for its completion. Good things come slowly, boys. Be contented for the present with what you have; the world w’as not made in a day, nor a Fire Alarm Telegraph in a week, in Jersey, anyway. Remember that the resistence of Jersey lightning is more difficult to overcome than the Home brewed of York State ; if you don’t believe it ask George the next time he comes this way. B:>x 17, from Ossenburg Hose House, turned in an alarm at 9 P. M., on Friday last; the fire was in a stocking factory. By the prompt action of the Eagle Steamer, which had first water, and Ossenburg Hose the fire was quickly subdued ; loss about $300, covered by insurance. THE JOURNAL is becoming quite a favorite*with the boys. All that we regret is that we did not know of its existence sooner. We knew but little of fire matters in other cities until we became readers of your valuable paper. Every Fireman should read it, and when the subscription comes due should not forget to pay for it, for you know that “money makes the mare go,” and if you want THE JOURNAL to exist for your interest pay your quota towards it, select a good correspondent from your city and keep the paper posted as to tho doings of the Department. Let the Firemen in other cities read how we do things here in Jersey. Firemen in other cities must think we are a set of old fogies here in the capital city, for they never—at least, well hardly ever, read of our Department. Some of you say, ” well we do not have many large fires, and there is nothing to write about,” but you can find plenty of news every week whether you have fires or not. ” Blow your horn if you don’t sell a fish.” Let Firemen know we make good use of our three hundred thousand dollar Department. BRANCH PIPE.
MARSHALL, June 16.—The annual review and parade of the Fire Department of this city occurred on Wednesday of last week, June 9, and it is conceded on all sides that it was a very enjoyable event. The Marshall Firemen are all handsomely uniformed, and the display made, with the assistance of visiting Companies, was exceedingly fine. The procession was organized in the following order : Chief of Department Butler and First Assistant Gerow ; Marshall City Cornet Band; Flag Bearer; Rescue Hook and Ladder Company No. i, 29 men with Truck, Robert Fisher, Foreman ; Alert Hose Company No. 1, of Albion, 18 men with Cart, R. J. Bell, Foreman; Steamer Wolverine ; Wolverine Hose Company, 12 men with Cart, James Fahay, Foreman; Second Assistant Chief Faust, of Marshall, and Assis’ant Chief Bohnett, of Battle Creek; German Cornet B*nd, Battle Creek ; Tempest Hose Company No. 2, of Battle Creek, 15 men, Marion Baxter, Foreman ; Gognac Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, of Battle Creek, 15 men, Joseph N. Boat dwell, Acting Foreman ; Tempest Hand Engine Company No. 2, of Battle Creek, 14 men, Samuel Bradley, Foreman; Red Rover Hose Company No. 5, of Battle Creek, 10 men, Frank Wilson, Acting Foreman ; Liberty Hand Engine Company No. 3, 25 men with Engine, John Wiseman, Foreman ; Liberty Hose Company No. 2, 10 men with cart, Lewis Istein, Foreman ; Deluge Hand Engine Company No. i, of Perrinville, 22 men with Engine, A. Griffin, Foreman ; Deluge Hose Company No. 1, of Perrinville, 10 men with Cart, Leonard Fox, Foreman; Rescue Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, Juniors, 18 men with Truck, T. Kelly, Foreman. In this order the procession marched through the principal streets and returned to the Engine House, when the contests followed. Rescue Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 made a 40-rods run, stacked a 30-foot ladder and man ascended to top in 40 seconds. The Rescue, Juniors, made it in 44 seconds. Liberty and Deluge Hand Engines took suction, and Liberty and Deluge Hose Companies ran 40 rods, coupled to Engine, broke couplings and put on pipe ready for water. Botti Engines got a stream so near together that it was impossible to give either first water. The Engines then made a display with two and three streams, both horizontal and perpendicular throwing. The next test was the Steamer Wolverine. At the sounding of the gong the horses were starced from their stalls to the Steamer, harnessed up, door thrown open, and a run made, when suction was taken and water thrown. No time was taken. At the conclusion of the contest the Firemen assembled at the Engine-house, where an address was made by Mayor Adams, who was followed by Dr. Smiley, Ex-Mayor Powell, John Wiseman, of Marshall, and Chief Whitcomb, of Battle Creek. The Marshall Firemen, with their usual hospitality, provided supper for their Albion and Battle Creek guests at the Tremont and Tontine Houses, and in the evening entertained them with a free dance at Mitchell’s Hall, where those who delight in “ tripping the light fantastic foe” spent the passing hours very pleasantly. Thanks are due our visiting companies for their attendance, making, as they did, a splendid feature of the procession. ZIP.
AUBURN, N. Y.
AUBURN, June 17.—But one fire has occurred since my last, a small frame building, yet many things of interest have transpired. On June 8, the City Fathers convened in regular session, and many Firemen were in attendance to hir the final disposition of the much talked of Fire Alarm Telegraph. Rumor had it that everything was settled in favor of the Utica system, and when the subject was reached a majori y report in favor of the Utica was presented signed by two of the three Committeemen, and a minority report by the Alderman from the eighth—a burlesque affair with the cardinal point of economy, arguing that as the Board of Education had increased their budget for the coming year, and as the Council had no redress, as the city charter compels them to adopt the estimate, the people would not stand the expense of a new Fire Alarm this year. This argument met the favor of the Fathers with one exception, the Alderman from the third, who kicked hard without breaking anything. Both reports were tabled indefinitely, much to the regret of the Firemen, but subsequently a resolution was offered, which after several ballo’s was adopted, to the effect that either or both of the companies viz., the Gamewell and Utica, would be granted the privilege of putting up their system complete without cost, or in any way binding the city, for one year’s trial. It is understood the Utica is to accept the proposition, commencing work at once in order to have their system in full working order in time for the Convention in August. As to the Gamewell it is not known what they intend doing. The Firemen are pleased to know that they arc to have an alarm, even in this shape. On Tuesday June 9, pursuant to call, a majority of the Ex-Committce of the New York State Firemen’s Association met at the Osborn House to confer with the local authorities and make the preliminary arrangements for the Convention. There were present, President Newman, Secretary Baker, Chief Morris, Mr. Buckaus, of Kingston, and Mr. Murphy, of Buffalo ; E. J. Jewhurst, H. B. Fay, J. D. Crayton, G. M. Wilson, Superintendent Eldred, of the Waterworks, and Fire Commissioner Wilder, of Auburn. A most satisfactory and pleasant meeting was had. At the invitation of Superintendent Eldred, the guests visited the Pump House of his Company and inspected one of the finest water systems—the Holly—in the State. Afterwards they visited the Hose Houses and places of interest in the city. In the evening Chief Morris caused one of his spontaneous combustion drills to be had, which proved a success, to the satisfaction of the gentlemen present. The various Committees preparing for the Convention are doing good work, and are being aided very materially by the citizens. Many Companies have already engaged quarters. Nothing will be left undone to have a practical and profitable Convention. It is hoped the manufacturers and dealers in fire goods will respond liberally in sending their articles to the Convention. The Truck is ordered in for repairs by the Commissioners, also 4’s Carriage. _ D.
GEORGETOWN, June 13.—Away up in the mountains, 8400 feet above the sea level and almost on the edge of the great continental divide, in the heart of the richest mining country in the world, lies the little city of Georgetown. It is reached by a narrow guage railroad that runs up the canon of Clear Creek, and for grand and sublime scenery the ride can hardly be equalled. The train slowly winds its way up the canon, in many places overhanging the creek and in others running under projecting rocks, making the ride exciting and, at the same time, to a stranger seemingly quite dangerous. The town is right in the heart of the Rockies, which rise on three sides of it to a height of 11,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level. The space occupied by the city is not over Three good city squares, or 1000 to 1200 feet, from each side and one end the mountains rising very abruptly. The water supply is unequalled, coming through the pipes with tremendous force as it runs down into the mains from the high mountains. Three efficient Hose Companies and one active Hook and Ladder Company have thus far had no difficulty in keeping the fire fiend at bay. Some advance the theory that the temperature of the water aids the Firemen in their work. As it comes from the pipe it is ice cold, even in summer. We would like to hear the opinion of some of the experts who read THE JOURNAL on this point.
Among the Hose Companies we find the well-known Alpines, the State champions. Their room is filled with trophies of many an exciting contest, and bear substantial evidence of thdr fleetness of foot and accuracy in fire service. George Mills is the present Foreman, and his endeavors to keep the Company in the van are ably seconded by all the members of the Company, who are active, intelligent gentlemen, ar d whose pride in their Company is unbound-d. Side by side with them stand the Star Hooks, who have had the distinction of State champions, but who, unfortunately, last year had the prize wrested from them by the Pueblo boys, the Stars suffering defeat through the fact that their Ladderman, George B. Hight, the best in the State, now’ of the well-know-n Archer Hose, of Denver, was sick at the time of the trial. The boys are confident that they will again be the champions after the struggle at Leadville in August. While in the city we had the pleasure of
attending their regular meeting and annual election. Foreman F. L. Peck occupied the chair and conducted the meeting in a masterly manner. The Treasurer’s report showed that the Company had a balance of $86.25 die treasury, besides which they have on hand, unexpended, $90 in gold, prize money. The election of officers resulted in the choice of ]. D. Lake, ns Foreman, and “Sandy” Spruance, as First Assistant, who accepted after emphatically declining to run for either (he position of Foreman or Assistant, but the boys wouldn’t have it, so he pleased them by withdrawing his resignation. James Perchard was made Second Assistant; ” Benny ” C. Catron, Secretary; and W. N. Hutchinson, Treasurer. Standing Committee, Messrs. Sanders, Fish and Schlooar. After the meeting adjourned, a pleasant hour or two was spent in a social way, and by the time the boys had parted and got tucked snugly into bed by loving hands, and were breathing heavily, the old fire bell rung out its warning notes, and aw’av down in the lower end of town, the b ys found an Assay Office on fire. A few minutes* work extinguished the fire, and after breakfast your correspondent was assured th t a number of the Stars concluded they had better shine the rest of the morning, after the fire was rung out. It was whispered one shining ” Star,” said he would ” Dye ” in the” Lake ” before he would be extinguished again by a ” Night cap ” that 1 ight.
On May 21, the Hope Hose No. 1 held their monthly meeting. Two new members, Charles Seibert and James Grove, were admitted, and on motion Henry Knei el, the Foreman, and First and Second Assistants, Louis Summer and George Norris, were appointed a committee to make arrangements for a proper celebration of Fourth of July. A new set of by-laws were adopted and the limit of membership extended from 30 to 40, which has been necessary from the popularity this Company has attained. It is full of young men, ambitious, capable and earnest, and no doubt their ” hopes ” will be soon realized in finding themselves a dangerous rival to their neighbors, the swift Alpines. Down in the lower end of the town the citizens sleep soundly in the swet assurance that their homes are well protected and guarded by the Georgetown Fire and Hose Company No. 1. This Company is officered as follows: Foreman, William F. Kelso; First Assistant, George A. Cole ; Second Assistant, — Mcrick. Mr. Kelso is also one of the City Fathers, and to his Company belongs the credit of having the most comfortable quarters. Their room is very tastefully fitted up. Among other attractions we noticed the reading-room, with a table quite generously supplied with a good variety of choice papers and periodicals. A number of prizes bear testimony to their efficiency in their work. In the rear of the Alpine Hose House we found workmen busy erecting a bell tower, on which to place the new Fire Alarm bell which Gen. William A. Hamill has just present® I to the city. It weighs 2030 pounds and came from the foundry of Meneely & Company, Troy, N. Y., at a cost of $500. The tower will cost the city in the neighborhood of $1000. General Hamill. whose popularity in the county and in the State is something marvellous, is a good friend of the fire boys, and he expresses his interest in them in a very substantial manner. Only a few days ago he quietly slipped a check for $500 into the hands of the Treasurer of the Star Hook and Ladder Company, and the Alpines are to attend the Leadville Tournament with expenses cared for by this same g. g. (generous gentleman). It is also said that he talks of presenting the Alpines with a new Jumper. The boys here are anxious to know why Spruance, when in Chicago, spent half the day and night looking for the Caswell Fire Department Supply Company on Fourth avenue, when everybody knows it is on Fifth avenue; why Dy Lake is called the handsomest man in the Stars ; why Kelso, the able City dad, is so much opposed to manifesting dependence in behalf of his Fire Company, and won’t beg but demand; why George Mills is such a good whit tier; why Mayor llambel and Bill Hamill take such an interest in th: G. F. D.; why Sheriff De Votie gets so many Firemen as deputies; why Perchard blushed so when he was teller at the election and found himself elected Second Assistant; why Chief Guanc.la, who was elected Democratic delegate to Denver, now talks of voting the Republican ticket, and why—. _ CHICAGO RILL A.
BOSTON, June 18.—What did wc have our great Department ball for, and what were the proceeds to be devoted to, are the questions asked by the members of this Department, and it appears that they have just reasons for asking these questions. The citizens were asked to buy tickets for a grand Firemen’s ball, the proceeds of which were to be devoted to the relief of active members of the Boston Fire Department who by sickness or cause may become unfit for duty, and they freely gave their money with that understanding. Of late several members of the Department who have asked for relief have been given leave to withdraw. The Commissioners are custodians of this fund, and they now say that the members don’t understand what it was established for. Very well; to the members of the Department belongs the credit of establishing the fund, and I am afraid that if the self-constituted custodians don’t contribute it towards the cause for which it was raised that our second annual ball will be, if it takes place, one of the greatest failures of the age. I hope that the worthy Board will come forward and explain matters to the satisfaction of those interested, for they must be aware that members of the Department have some rights and should have some knowledge as to what extent this fund is to be distributed among those who by sickness or cause may become unfit for duty. The Commissioners have under consideration the appointment of some person for Driver of Supply Wagon No. 3, and the abolishment of the system of detailing a man from some Company for that purpose. Why not consolidate and give it to ” Flanders,” and thus save the expense of keeping a horse and buggy. He could fill the bill and save the cityi$i,ooo per annum. A petition is in circulation for the removal of the Foreman of a North End Engine Company, who has not only become distasteful to his command, but to the neighbors in general.
The Protective Department during the month of May, responded to thirty bell and three still alarms, spread 368 covers, was on duty forty-eight hours at fires, and 125 hours after fires. Warren G. Fletcher, of Engine Company No. 25, took French leave on June 9, and at the present moment his whereabouts is unknown. The main features of the approaching ” Old Fire Laddies”’celebration are arranged. There will be between six and seven hundred veterans in line, who will first assemble at Faneuil Hall, and then, headed by the Boston Cadet Band, march over a short route to the Common, where an exhibition of old time playing will be given by the “ Machines.” In the line will be placed four Engines, among them the old ” Bucket Engine,” used in 1800, and consequently now just eighty years old. Captain Munroe has been selected as Chief Marshall, and Captain James Quinn and Captain Charles Stearns will act as Aids. After the exhibition on the Common, the men will again form and march to Faneuil Hall, where dinner will be served, winding up the festivities of the day.
Captain ThomasC. Byrnes and Hoseman Charles Allen, of Hose Company No. 9, have tendered their resignations. Captain Byrnes had b en Foreman of this Company for the past nineteen years, while Hoseman Allen had been connected with the Company eighteen years. At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Protective Department held June 15, the offices of Superintendent and Fire Marshall were consolidated, and Assistant Engineer Samuel Abbott, Jr., of the Fourth District, of the Fire Department, was elected Fire Marshal. Captain Abbott has been connected with the Fire Department since 1866, when he became a member of Engine Company No. 3. He has proved himself an able Fireman, and it is the opinion of your correspondent that no better selection for the position could be made. He will enter upon his duties with the best wishes of the Fire Department and a host of friends tor his success in the new undertaking, and I have no doubt that the Protective Department under his management will come tip and go forward, instead of backward. Call Hoseman Nottage, of Engine Company No. xx, is busily engaged in placing new window curtains on the windows of several of the houses, repairing mattresses and making other repairs. Substitute Hoseman Pike has been appointed a member of Hose Company No. 9. The Commissioners have issued only seven licenses for the sale of fire-works, and those only to wholesale dealers and manufacturers. All other applicants will be refused. The vacancy that will occur in the Board of Engineers by the resignation of Captain Samuel Abbott, Jr., will no doubt soon be filled by the Board of Commissioners, and they will in all probability select some of the permanen: Foremen for the position. Captain W. T. Cheswell, of Engine Company No. 4, and Captain D. T. Marden, of Engine Company No. 7, are most prominently spoken of for the place. Captain Marden has been connected with the Department since 1856, has been Foreman of his Company for the past thirteen years, and is therefore the senior Foreman of the Department. He is remarkably cool-headed, farseeing, and is in every way competent to fill the office. Captain Cheswell became a member of the Department in 1863. and is also a graduate of Engine Company No. 7, was made Driver of Engine No. 4, in 1866, and Foreman in 1874. Both are good Firemen, and the Department would not suffer by the selection of either. HYDRANT CHUCK.
OWEGO, N. Y.
OWEGO, June 17.—1 believe it has been some time since I have seen anything from Owego in the columns of THE JOURNAL. Our Department is awaiting anxiously to have the Water-works completed and accepted. They were to be done by June 7, but on account ol a break in the pipe, the contractors have asked for an extension of one month, which has been granted them. I understand that when the Works are completed, one of the Steamers will be sold, and a Hose Company fgrmed. Eagle Hose boys arc about getting new uniforms, and Sherwood, the “ shirt man ” was here the other day to arrange to manufacture the shirts. Ahwaga Steamer Company No 6 have received an invitation from the Old Exempts of Auburn. to be their guests on August 19, and will accept. The Susquehanna boys contemplate visiting Auburn at the same time. Secretary Baker, of the Firemen’s AsvSociation of State of New York, attended a meeting of the Execu’ive Committee last week, and reports matters as flourishing, and that the Auburn Department is fully organized. and bound to do all it can to make the 1880 Convention what it should be—a practical Convention. Quite a number of manufacturers of Fire Apparatus have accepted the invitation to be present, and the exhibition of Fire Apparatus will undoubtedly be the largest ever held. I fully believe that the Association has a work to do, and that the meeting and election of officers is not the important work, but the discussions should be made by practical men, and that Companies should use care in the selection of delegates, not sending the man who always makes all the motions and objections, but men who know the wants of the Companies, and wish to work for their welfare. There are many small and inexperienced Departments, which send good men to learn of those who are more experienced. These men should have opportunity of being heard, and the information they ask should be given if possible. The two important questions to Firemen are: How to keep up Companies, and, How to put out fires, and there are many Firemen throughout the State who could come before the Convention and thoroughly discuss both, and impart information that would be of much benefit to all who attend. Let these men be sent as delegates, and 1 doubt not that in 1881, the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York will show an increased membershipj and that the Association willjbein^the hands‘of men who well know its objects. I fully concur with “ Rob Roy ” in his ideas of making the selection of officers. Let the Association seek the men, and it will clearly demonstrate before the close of its session who the practical men are, and they are the ones to elect. If the Corresponding Secretary is not the man for the place, put one in that is. Certainly he should be a man who can answer all correspondence promptly, and by having such a man, the Association will be showing that it means business. I know that the Firemen of Auburn will do all in their power to make the Association what it should be, and it rests with the members to do their share, when the result will not be doubted. ACTIVE EXEMPT.
CHICAGO, June 14.—The party of royal tourists, consisting of Prince Leopold and Princess Louise, with their suit, passed last Monday in our city, in a quiet and informal manner. Shortly after ten o’clock the party enjoyed the pleasures of a drive through Lincoln park, stopping on their way to inspect the North-side Water-works. Returning to the city the distinguished strangers visited the Fire Insurance Patrol House, and were shown the workings of the Company even more than was General Grant. Mr. James, of the Board of Underwriters and Patrol Committee, escorted them to the Headquarters of Chief Shay, when they witnessed the agility of the boys of Engine Company No. 1, who were ordered to their bunks, leaving only one man on the floor, the Captain. The alarm was given, when they slid down the pole, hitched, ran four blocks to hydrant, and threw a stream 200 feet in two minutes and forty seconds. On last Monday the Committee of Arrangements for the reception of Mechanics’ Engine Company No. 6, of New Orleans, held a meeting, and appointed all the necessary sub-Committees to entertain the fire boys of the Cresent City. They are expected to number about fifty members, and will stay five days. To judge from the material that the Committee is composed of it is safe to predict that the Chicago boys will leave nothing undone to make their visit one to be long remembered as a pleasant and agreeable epoch in their lives. On last Friday Chief Swenie received a telegram stating that the Jackson Engine Company No. 18, of New Orleans, would arrive here on Tuesday morning, June 15, with sixty members. Considering the short notice given, it will put the Committee on their mettle to make arrangements to receive them. However, the boys expect to be able to meet the emergency. Quarters have been engaged at the Tremont House. They will remain in the city five days, during which they will go sight-seeing, have a banquet, an excursion on the lake, and other frolics. New Orleans is noted for her Fire Department, and the boys will bring their machine with them. Thursday morning Mechanics’ Fire Company, another of the Crescent City’s crack organization, will make Chicago a visit, and stop over five days, also making their headquarters at the Tremont. The Chicago fire laddies will give the New Orleans chaps a hearty reception, and a member of each Company in uniform will be at the depot to receive them. At a meeting of the “ hand ball league,” held at Engine No. 5 House, to consider the appeal of Pat Dignan, who was suspended for six months. Kid Hyland occupied the chair, and Captain Campion was the Secretary. There were present Chief Swenie, Chief Conway, Engineer Pat Crowley, Captains Smith and Crowley. It was found, on the evidence of Captain Smith, that Captain Crowley was the whole cause of the trouble, he being scorer for the home side, and having been called away during the progress of the game, gave the stick to some outsider to keep, who made good use of his time while Crowley was gone by cutting every two notches into one, thereby defeating the home side. Captain Crowley was severely censured by Kid Hyland, who pre ented a very patriarchal appearance with his side whiskers in full bloom. Pat Dignan has been restored to membership again, and like a “ little man,” he bought a box of cigars and treated the boys
John Callaghan, the gentlemanly Assistant Engineer of No. 22, presents his compliments to you, Mr. Editor, for your proposition to furnish him with a bear. He says the reason he wanted a bear was that Nick Wheeler, the Engineer, was monopolizing the House with a pet fox, and as he has always been opposed to monopolies he wanted to be even with him. He now thinks that he will not need the proffered animal, in view of the fact that the Inspector of the Department will make his rounds about the first of the month, and he will likely make a clean sweep of everything that doesn’t pay city license. It was with pleasure that I received notice of the coming nuptials of James Conway, of Engine No. 10, which are to take place about the first of the month. From the preparations that are making for the event, it promises to be a grand affair. Engine Company No. 13 has its House fitted up in elegant style. The front of the House has been painted stone color, and presents a fine appearance. The Engine-room has been plastered and painted in imitation of marble. The bunk-room has been re-carpe;ed with a fine Brussels carpet, and in the centre of the ceiling there is hung a massive twelvelight chandlier. The Captain has a fine room fitted up, and,” adjoining, Chief Shay has the cosiest room to be seen anywhere, with marble mantelpiece, washstand, book-case and desk, that is—well, in fact, there is none to match it in the Department. There are a couple of fine settees in front of the House for the use of the members, and I understand that the Captain has given orders that there is to be no whittling done. The re-fitting of the House has been done by the assistance of the merchants doing business in the neighborhood, who have taken a pride in seeing that the boys have some of the little comforts of life in an Engine-house. Joseph S. Smith, proprietor of the Bangor Extension Ladder, was in town during the Convention, and received an order from Chief Swenie for two of his ladders, 70 feet each. Chief G. 0. Wilraarth, of Topeka, Kan., has been in town during the past week, purchasing horses for his Department. Chief James Cavanaugh, of Muskegon, Mich., and A. C. Kellogg, of the Denver, Col., Department, registered at Chief Swenie’s Headquarters last week. Our two National Political Conventions met and adjourned without setting themselves or the Exposition building on fire. But they each had a pretty hot time of it. Probably they will be cooler next Fall. We are now having a season of comparative quiet since our royal visitors and our politicians left us. There have been no events worth mentioning in the Department during the week, and with the weather as it has been for the past day or two—hot, very hot—we do not care how long quietude reigns. SPARK.
HAVERHILL, June 17.—I note in the last issue of the JOURNAL a communication from “Kanoza,” not the beiutiful lake, but from a decendent of the big Injun Chief of that name who once roamed undisturbed in and about this ancient and beautiful city. His comments upon the actions taken by the Board of Aldermen in regard to general management of Fire Department is correct in theory and in practice. The moment the Board of Engineers submit one order for the approval of the Aldermen, just that moment the Chief Board cease to exist as an independent and distinctive branch of the City Government. There is a growing desire on the part of a very few in the community to tinker with the Fire Department, not with a desire to promote its efficiency, but for the purpose of gratifying a little personal animosity, and to keep things in a continual turmoil. Every community has its little great men or those who are wondrous wise. They are always around after a fire, telling what they would have done, but when the fire is doing its work how few of them come to the front with their wonderful knowledge and advice. The school of experience teaches many a useful lesson. How true 1 A man must be a dull scholar who could not improve in doing the thing over three or four times. It Js just so in the fire service, in every experience in life. Then these little great men assume to know it all, when, if you boil them, they borrow other people’s brains and appropriate them to their own use. Such men never originate an idea, but simply repeat what they hear from others. Such chaff is a detriment to any community, as they only seek to pull themselves up by pulling others down. They are disorganizes and should be held up to the contempt of all seeking the good of the Department and the best interests of the city, harmony being the strength of all institutions. Don’t tinker the Fire Department; keep it free from political action and chicanery, and steer clear of these little cliques and rings that have their little George Washington axes to grind. We have had one experience in tinkering with this Department, which cost our city a disastrous fire, loss of life and thousands of dollars, and our citizens have paid the penalty. Let the Chief and his Board manage their own Department, and when you get a good Chief don’t let a few jealous pated individuals work up, or put up anything on him. Stand by him and he will stand by you in time of need. Remember that a man makes many sacrifices to devote his time and energies to the interest of the service, almost without hope of fee or reward, save that satisfaction that comes from the performance of a noble duty in the protection of life and property. Stand by the Fire Department, for it seeks to save the accumulated wealth of our city, and is the only sure defence against disaster to our manufacturing industries, liable to be swept away by the all-devouring element, justly termed a good servant but a hard master. _ MERRIMACK.
CLEVELAND, June 17.—Fire matters have taken a drop of late, and there is scarcely any news. Chief French, with the Fire Commissioners of Buffalo, N. Y., paid the City a short visit on June IT, and were shown the Department. Three streams were worked on the Siamese Coupling, pleasing the guests very much. The grand ball for the benefit of the Relief Fund was a grand failure. The boys would not take any interest in it. When the money is all gone then some one will be “ howling” because he is sick, with nothing in the box to help him. E. Rife was made a Fireman at the last meeting, and stationed on Steamer Ho. 1. There is still one vacancy to fill. P. H. Oxer Jias been transferred from Steamer No. 1 to the Harness Department. The Department attended 31 fires last month. The telephones are about all in, and the boys like them tip-top. There are a good many concerts going over the wires in the evenings. The different companies scrape all the musical instruments together they can get and play to each other. Some of the boys that have not sung a song lor years have suddenly found out that they are singers, and as they think that ” Distance lends enchantment,” they are not afraid to pipe their voices. Where was Moses when the light went out ? Songs are traveling over the wires at all hours of the night, and as they help the boys to pass away their lonely watch, it is fun for them. BENT.
A CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
To the Editor of the Fireman s Journal.
I have waited patiently for somebody to reply to the challenge of Messrs. loole & Conway, of St. Louis, in regard to their Pompier work, but in vain. I do not think them the fastest Pompiers in the country, by any means, and in backing this view up, I hereby accept their challenge on the part of two “ Unknowns, whom I will back for any amount of money they may mention betwe n one thousand and five thousand dollars. I will promptly cover any deposit they may make, prov ded it is not less than $250. I will also match an “Unknown” against either Mr. Toole or Mr. Conway,^climbing singly, for any sum between the above figures.
If the men and money are still as ready as they said they were, Messrs. Toole & Conway will lose no time in putting up a forfeit. A reply through THE JOURNAL will reach me, and due attention be given thereto. I mean business, for I feel confident that I have two men who can rake in their pile, and I will name them on the day of the match. If they think I am trying to bluff them, let them put up their deposit, and if I fail to cover it, then they can cry “ bluff.”
GEORGE R. FLANDERS.