WHAT THEY SAY.
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WALLA WALLA, W. T.
WALLA WALLA, April 20.—On the morning of April 7th, a fire broke out in the second-story of Dr. Day’s new brick building, corner Third and Main streets. The ” boys ’’ believe it to be the work of a ” fire-bug.” It looks just as though some one had taken coal-oil and dashed it across the floor and then applied the match. April 18th, at midnight, an alarm of fire was sounded from Washington’s bell, caused by the burning of two cottages, corner of Main and South streets. It is thought the fire originated from a candle left burning on the stand in one of the cottages. It was a long run for the “ laddies,” but, nevertheless in six minutes from the alarm, they had a stream on the building, and in fifteen minutes the work was done. Vigilant Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, will celebrate their fourth anniversary by a May-day party. Invitations have been issued and a good time is expected, as the Vigilants area social set of boys.
The Department now has a membership of 155 active men, divided as follows : Washington Engine Company No. 1, forty-nine ; Tiger Engine Company No. 2, fifty-five ; Vigilant Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, fifty-one. There are thirty-one exempts on the Department Register, Washington bring credited with twenty-seven, and Tiger with four. Chief Crane has petitioned the Common Council to purchase two dozen rubber suits for fire duty. “Bob” understands running a Fire Department. Washington’s new Silsby Engine and the Automatic Heater work like a charm. We but echo the sentiments of this when we say, “ There is nothing like the Silsby.” HENRY KELLING.
BOSTON, MASS. –
BOSTON, May 3d.—In the days of the old Board of Fire Commissioners it was considered a violation of the rules of the Department to keep dogs around the respective fire stations, but of late this rule, like many others, has become a thing of the past, and dogs have again become fashionahh . The day for little dogs, like “laps” and “pugs” have passed, and “ mastiffs ” and “ blood-hounds ” are now the rage. It is not an uncommon sight to see a Captain of an Engine Company strut along the street with dog attached to his heels, for no one but a captain would be permitted to keep a dog. Among the many valuable dogs owned in the Department 1 must first mention a “setter” belonging to Commissioner White. This dog is very valuable to the “ butcher ” who supplies the meat, as the dog gets on the outside of forty cents worth of beef steak every day.
Captain Knox of Engine Company No. 26 is also the owner of a fine blooded English water spaniel, who has an excellent pedigree. She recently gave birth to seven “ pups” which were all promised,provided they were males, but the result was five females and two males. Better luck next time. Captain Willett, of Engine Company No. 22, is also fond of dogs, but has been rather unlucky in rearing them. About a year ago he procured a thoroughbred spaniel from his friend Harry Hill of your city, but unfortunately the dog never liked the “Hub” and one day he suddenly disappeared, and although there was a large reward offered for his recovery the poor “ Kayzer ” was never found. Captain Willett has now a valuable fox hound which he will probably keep until Al. Watts gets his eyes on him. The other day the dog went out for exercise and came back to’quarters without his collar, and the Captain thinks it very strange and mysterious. Not at all wonderful, but if the collar had come back without the dog it would have been. There are some people who think that Jerry Maldt and Johnny Martin know something about “Kayser.”
The annual report of work done on the different engine-houses and apparatus of the Department, under the supervision of Fire Commissioner Edward A. White, from May n, 1882, to May x, 1883,will show that repairs were made on twenty-five of the Department Houses. A new building was erected for the Fire-Boat Headquarters, and a room was made for the Water Tower in the Fire Station at Fort Hill Square. In this work, carpenters were employed 1065 days, painters for 410 days, grainers for eight-eight days, plumbers for 108 days, masons and whiteners for sixtyone days, steam fitters for forty-six days, and other mechanics for 37S days. All the men employed were members of the Department. If outside mechanics had been hired, reckoning their daily pay at the average rate of $2.75 per day, the cost would have been $5929. This sum may. therefore, be considered as saved to the city. Commissioner White will now have an opportunity to start the new year under most favorable circumstances, to complete “ unfinished business ” in several of the Department Houses.
The old “kettle” was newly painted and Engine Company No. 10 entertained their friends and members of the Department with an excellent clam chowder on the evening of the 28th. Clam chowder parties have again become fashionable, abd these social gatherings do much towards forming a better acquaintance among the members of the Department. Everybody seems pleased with the hospitality extended by Company No. to’s “ cinder chcwers ” when the party ibroke up with an alarm from Box 53.
Protective wagon No. 2 have the new patent hanging arrangement with ‘their Berry harness. This is also a device gotten up by Mr. Berry, and it is said works like a charm, overcoming all objections that may have existed heretofore in connection with the hanging part of the harness.
An order was offered at the last meeting of the City Council, and referred to the Committee on Fire Department, for an increase of salary to the amount of $100 per annum of the Enginemen and Assistant Engine-
men. The proposed increase would place the compensation in advance of the Foreman.
Dame Rumor has it that the Fire Commissioners don’t propose to place permanent Foreman on Engine Companies 21 and 24 when the new hose wagons are placed in service. We don t believe our Commissioners contemplate taking a step backwards by any means as such action would comply with the chronic evil fogyistn. Progressiveness should be the watch-word and we trust the Board will see that Progress shall prevail.
The Committee on Fire Department accompanied by the hire Commissners and Chief Green visited the West Roxbury District last week to select a site for a new Steam Fire Engine, and it is understood that the quarters now occupied by Chemical Engine No. 7 will be selected, and that Chemical Engine No. 7, will be removed to “ Germantown near the Dedham line.
Driver Dan Wheelock of Hose Company No. 1, was kindly remembered by his friends on the 30th ult. It being the fiftieth anniversary of his birth. “ Dan” has always been a true friend and faithful servant, and his friends are legion.
Driver William H. Conn of Engine Company No. 27, has been from natural causes unable to do dutv for some time, and has become a dependent upon the Firemens’Relief Fund. Last week the Chief recommend that the Firemen might donate towards his relief, which has been responded to in a very satisfactory manner. Our Firemen are never backward in aiding their brothers in distress.
It is expected that at the next meeting of the Board of Directors of the Protective Department, that the Call men employed in the city proper will be made permanent. Surely the Board should not longer delay this important matter.
Jacob 11. Taylor of Hook and Ladder Company No. 0 has thrown down the battering ram and plaster hook, and tendered his resignation. E. I). Locke and Edward Schell have been appointed Call lloscman and assigned the former to Hose Company No. 6, the latter to Hose Company No. 9
Those who are interested arc respectfully informed that the Ilaycs Truck for this city will arrive here by Saturday the 5th, and will be exhibited at the sweet will of the Fire Commissioners probably Monday or Tuesday following. HYDRANT CHUCK.
MOBILE, April 28, 1883.—At the annual meeting of the Fire Department Association held on the night of the 16th, the following were elected officers for the ensuing year : President, S. C. Muldoon ; Vice-President, S. J. Russell; Secretary, T. M. English; Treasurer, W. Frobus; Relief Committee: J. J. Meyer, Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 ; II. Case, Creole Company No. 1 ; George Matzinger, Neptune Company No. 2; T. J. Hatton, Franklin Company’ No. 3 ; J. Henery, Merchants Company No. 4 ; S. Files, Torrent Company No. 5 ; Neil McAllister, Phoenix Company No. 6 ; T. E. Stanton, Mechanics Company No. 7 ; J. A. Haupt, Washington Company No. 8 ; D. McGinnis, Lafayette Company No. 9. A few fires since my last. At the one on the morning of the 25th, W:»shington Company No. 8 did splendid work with the Siamese Connection, while others stood around the corner and would not go to work. Torrent Company No. 5 placed their steamer in active service on the 26th. The trial of James Camp and E. J. Rollins for arson, resulted in their acquittal. The members of Creole Company No. 1 celebrated their sixtyfourth anniversary on the 27th. by a collation at the engine house. At the annual election of Mechanics Company No. 7 held on the 27th, the following were elected officers for the ensuing year: President, T. E. Stanton ; Foreman, S. A. Leonard ; First Assistant, D. Brown ; Second Assistant, James Keefe; Secretary, J. Cameron; Treasurer, L. Peter; Steward, D. Hyatt; Delegates to Fire Department Association : T. E, Stanton, S. A. Leonard, and S. J. Russell ; Finance Committee; T. E Stanton, S. A. Leonard, F. Natali. FLIP,
HELENA, MONTANA TER.
HELENA, April 20, 1883.—I am confident you will be pleased to learn that in the very heart ot the Rocky Mountains we have a little Depart, ment which takes pride in copying the efficienct and systematic discipline of larger and more pretentious Departments in the Eastern cities. Your JOURNAL is a source of pleasure and profit to me. 1 read with swelling heart the weekly record of the many splendid acts of heroism performed by the gallant “ Laddies ” of the several Departments in the “ States,” and I am benefited by the many wise and practical suggestions of “ How to fight fires successfully.” Your portrait gallery adds a new and pleasing feature to your already interesting JOURNAL, where all the great Chiefs have secured a place in your valued gallery. I trust you will give us smaller fry a chance to come within the “ charmed circle.”
We are preparing a grand celebration in honor of the completion of the Northern Pacific Railroad to Helena, which event will happen about July 4th. Yourself and staff (including your witty and facetious correspondents) are cordially invited to come and partake of our hospitality. Rest assured all would be welcome, and receive the attention duo the craft. If I can be of any use to you in this part of “God’s green earth “ please command me, t,. D. C,
CHICAGO, May 1.—The following is the latest general order issued from the Fire Marshal’s Office.
General Orders No. 4.—In accordance with the Appropriation Bill as passed by the Common Council of the City of Chicago, it is hereby ordered that all members appointed in the fiscal year 1883, shall be known as of the second class, and shall receive the sum of eight hundred dollars per annum, until otherwise ordered, this order not to include members who shall have served faithfully for one year previous to such appointment.
Charles F. Seyferlich, Stephen Keegan, John Cramer, Joseph Murphy, and Henry Schroedcr, having served sixty days and proved themselves capable, faithful and efficient in the service, have been appointed members of the Department.
Henry Leser, and Jacob Mehren, repairers of the Fire Alarm Telegraph service, are promoted to the position of operators, the same to take effect April 1st, 1883.
John Mangan, Substitute Receiver of the Fire Alarm Telegraph, is promoted to the position of Repairer.
Frank W. Swenie, Lineman of the Fire Alarm Telegraph, is promoted to the position of Repairer.
Nils Olesen, Substitute Batteryman of the Fire Alarm Telegraph, is appointed to the position of BattcryJnan.
From May 1st until May 30th, a detail of two men from each Hook and Ladder Company will report for drill, in the handling of scaling ladders, at the quarters of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, at three o’clock r. m. on Tuesday and Thursday of each week.
From June tst until October xst, all Hook and Ladder Companies will drill in the use and handling of the various implements attached fo their apparatus, giving particular attention to the Pompier drill, such drill to be semi-weekly, commencing with Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, and continue in numerical order; such drill to be under the supervision of the Inspector of the Department or the Chief in v/hose Battalion such drill may occur.
No drill will take place on Saturday and Sunday. Should bad weather or previous service at a fire interfere, the same may be postponed by the commanding officer.
The object of this drill is to instruct the members and improve the scrvice, and establish a uniform system of drill in this particular branch.
Chiefs of Battalions and officers of Hook and Ladder Companies will govern themselves accordingly.
By order of 1). J. SWENIE, Fire Marsha! mU Chit/of Brigade. CITY HALL, CHICAGO, May ut, 18S3.
The Shay nine were photographed in a group last week and present a fine appearance in a frame. Now the question arises what was the matter with Tim Lynch’s hair and what kind of stockings did “Old Fish” wear ?
Frank Swenie of the Fire Alarm Office has just returned from an extended tour through the East. Frank looks as though the trip agreed with him.
For the past week the city has suffered great inconvenience owing to the insufficient water supply. Lieutenant De Lang of Patrol No. 3. was seen talking to the Water Works Engine the other day and probably talked it to sleep. On next Tuesday he will attempt to talk the crib out of the lake. “ Doc ” Varges and Palmer arc nowhere when DcLang is in good condition. SPARK.
INDIANAPOI.’S, May 1.—During the past week limes among the boys have been of a very interesting nature, as every man is interested. The Common Council and Board of Alderman, will caucus this week on the salary question of city officials and employs, and in order to help the matter of more money for the Firemen, a called meeting of Foremen, Engineers, and one Iloseman of each Company was held at Headquarters on the 23d inst., and Committees appointed to wait upon the various Councilincn and Aldermen, and domand of theman increase of salary, but while not ‘injuring themselves by demanding any given sum, they nevertheless ask for an increase of fifty cents per day. With this addition to the amount now paid, which are, Engineers, $70; Captains, $65, and llosemen and Hook and Laddermen $60 per month; it will make it worth the labor performed by the men as well as paying what is justly due them. The Committees report good prospects, but if an advance is made it will not exceed twenty-five cents. It is also rumored if an advance in salaries is made, it will be accomplished by cutting off some of the Companies, but as there are no Companies that can be spared without exposing some district, it is not probable that such will occur. We will advise your readers of the result be it favorable or otherwise.
George Faulkner, Engineer of Steamer Company No. 1, is the inventor of a fire escape. Upon being asked last week, as to his prospects for selling permits, he jovially answered that the last he seen of it was in the stablejoft.” George has a good escape, but is no doubt thoroughly disgusted with escapes of any kind. While we are with him in this respect, we cannot help but admit that his is far superior to any yet exhibited in this city. Dust it off, George, and work it into public favor.
We are poor judges of human nature, Mark Wemple has deserted Indianapolis for more green fields for his standpipe and fire escape. In saying that he will be compelled to visit us again, is expressing our convictions and desires only.
The mind reader of Engine Company No. 1, reports his conviction that Jake Petty will soon take unto himself a life long comfort. Surely Jake is deserving of a good helpmate and it is the desire of all the Company to see him happy and settle down to business. There is something to be did, and it must be soon, as he is very badly gone on somebody. We have not been there, Jake, but the knowing ones report the matrimonial knot tying, but of short duration. Take courage !
I notice in the last issue of a contemporary of yours, a lengthy article from Indianapolis over the twm de flume of Me judiee. This is surely a good name, and I hardly think the English vocabulary will take offense at his selection of a foreign word. The definition of Me judiee is : “I being Judge, or in my opinion.” The word is Latin and isjapplicable only in Courts of Justice. This Judge is surely a very important being among our Firemen, and while he may be competent to represent this Department in any paper, he must give his paper facts, and if he does not I will take it upon myself to correct him in this side of the house. I am only sorry to think he would waste his good opinions and suggestions in a field where they are not seen, as I doubt if two copies of the paper referred to is sent to this cltv to Firemen,
Jim Davis, Captain of Hook and Ladder Company I, located at Headquarters, made a short visit to his family who are visiting in Terre Haute, Ind. Jlnt made the best of his time, and saw the Fire Department of that city all at once. lie reports everything in harmonious embrace, with the exception of a general feeling of “will we get to stay’’ among the boys. Election day will be celebrated in this city on Tuesday next, jd inst,, and tf jtbeir side of the hog wins, they stay ; if not, they go. This is an outrage to all good citizens, for a Department that is governed by political elections, is no Department at all. While I have never visited the Terre Haute Firemen, I learn, however, that they are a courageous set of men and perform their duty with promptness and good will. To change them and put in new men will not only jeopardize the city, but will always keep the Department lrom amounting to much, as the Firemen have no assurance of recognition for the strict performance of duty. HOOSIER.
PITTSBURGH. May 2.—The Fire Commission met yesterday afternoon. The report of Chief Evans showed that during April there were twentytwo fire alarms from the central bell, and twelve still alarms. The total loss amounted to only $3300. The new patent Hook and Ladder Truckwill be here this month.
The Board then organized for the ensuingyear by the new members, Messrs. David Aiken, Jr., John Bradley and T. A. Blackmore, being admitted to seats. The following’officers were re-elected by a unanimous vote : President, Benjamin Darlington, for one year, and the following for three years: Secretary, William M. De Camp ; Chief Engineer , Samuel N. Evans ; Assistant Chief, John Steel ; Superintendent of Fire Alarm Telegraph, George E. McLain ; Storekeeper, John Hamill ; Repairman, Fred. Rickerts.
Bids were opened for furnishing 5000 feet of hose. The bidders were as follows. Fabric Fire Hose Company No. 1, 90 cents per foot, guarantee four years ; No. 2, 80 cents, three years’ guarantee. B. F. Goodrich Company, Akron Rubber Works, $1 per foot. Eureka, No. 1, six years’ guarantee, $1 per foot; No. 2, four yeats’ guarantee, 90 cents ; No. 3, 2’/i years’ guarantee, 75 cents. Isaac Markey, representing the Fabric Fire Hose Company, stated that it was all mere braggadocio, and an impossibility, to guarantee hose for six years. R. C. Elliott, representing the Eureka Compat y, said he proposed to do exactly as his bid called for, and that his bondsmen, Joshua Rhodes and Joseph S. Finch, are men whose responsibility cannot be questioned. The contract was then awarded to the Eureka Company. Mr. R. C. Elliott is well known here and it would be useless for Isaac Markey to question his responsibility. The Eureka are to-day the best hose in use in this city. ZARA.
NEWTON, April 30.—The spring of 1883 is keeping up the usual “brush fire” record that was established by its predecessors many years ago, and were it not for these seemingly unavoidable and by the fire laddies dreaded fires, it would (hardly seem like spring to us “Country Knights of the Hose.”
From the 9th inst. to the present date there has been four bell and seven still alarms, all for brush and grass fires. Boxes 64 twice, 65 and 6 once each, is Ward s’s record, for nine days. Box 17 at one p.m. the 29th inst., for a small closet fire, Ward 1, damage $100.
General Order 22, issued April 6, and accompanied by a company roll blank, printed and ruled, so as to give number of box, date and hour of receiving it, and company roll, provides that the Clerk (Assistant Foreman), shall keep a correct record of the alarms, and absentees at each and every alarm, and also that it shall be kept in such a place that it may be inspected by the Chief at any and all times, so hereafter the doings of the members of the Department will be known at all times and duly noted.
An occurrence worthy of notice took place at Box 64 on the 27th inst,, when Engine No. 3 was somewhat belated on account of a new pair of horses, and consequently Hose No. 7 was first in, and Capt. W. S. Gargill, in the absence of Deputy Chief Bemis, in temporary command, and Engine No. 3 was in command of its Assistant Foreman, S. F. Chadbourn, who immediately offered the services of his company to Hose No. 7, through its Foreman, when it was ascertained that the services of Engine No. 3 were not required. How different this was from the proceedings noted by many at Box 65 on the t6th inst., when Hose No. 7 were compelled to tug away at their hose and several of the ornamental members of Engine No. 3 stood by and looked on, and were the recipients of a just reprimand from our worthy Deputy Chief Bemis. Had Assistant Foreman Chadbourn been in command no such proceeding would have been recorded to that company. It is hoped the day is not farjdistant when that company can have for its leader such gentlemanly and active an officer who knows his duty and has the necessary’ executive ability to carry out the duties imposed upon him, as well as being a “simon pure, all wool, yard wide Fireman, as is the genial Sam. Chadbourn, of Engine No. 3, who as Foreman of that company would bring its record back to where it was when ex-Captain A. S. English left it some time ago to go South.
Four additional boxes will be put in circuit at an early date, as well as a private box at the Dugdale Mills, Ward No. 1.
The many friends of the genial and handsome Asa Jewett,;Driver of Engine No. 3, will be pleased to hear that he is rapidly improving from a serious attack of pneumonia which has confined him to his bed for two weeks or more, but will probably at an early date be again on duty.
Engine No. 1 has now one of the cosiest and best arranged bunk and recreation room and parlor in the city, which would look as strange to some of its ex-members as does the entire station now look without the logical and intelligent face of Detective Buckingham, who from some unknown cause, now devotes his much sought for time entertaining the Flagmen of the B. and A. R. R. Oil ! “Buckey,” why did you forsake your first and only love—Engine No. 1 ? NONANTUM.
NEWBURGH, N. Y.
NEWBURGH, April 30.—There have been five alarms this month, four for fires and one false. At one of these Highland Engine Company worked their new steamer for the first time. It stood a test of three hours’ work splendidly, and the “boys ” feel very proud over their prize. This Company is stationed in a manufacturing district where a steamer is needed very much. About one-half of the fires we have are in that district. The steamer a LaFrance. Our other two steamers are Amoskeag’s, built in 1871. BLUE SKIN.
DETROIT, April 30.—There has been nothing of importance to create any eruptions since the last from this bergh only one occasional alarm for some spark. Up to the present date thirty alarms have been recorded. This we consider small for this season considering the condition of factories, etc., and the business done therein. Considerable interest has sprung up among the boys in regards to base ball, and after a thorough seaich CajJJain David Linn has found and will train a nine that will make “Rome howl.” A little active training and practice has begun. So catch on “Spark.” The nine is composed of David Linn, C. F.; Thomas Hogan, R. F.; Richard Stenton, L. F.; Thomas Slate, 1st. B.; John McCurry, 2d B.; P. W. Keating 3d B. ; Richard Filbau,Catcher; David Baxter, Pitcher; P. J. O’Rourke, S. S.; J. W. Carter, sub. I congratulate Captain Linn on his success for obtaining so good a nine, as each man swings the ash with a vengeance. N. C. Rinny, of Engine Company No. 8, has tendered his resignation to occupy a position on the Police Force. In Mike we lose one of our best Firemen and ball players, and in leaving he has the best wishes of the Department and ROPE,
CLEVELAND, May i.—Press of business and absence from home is my excuse for not having written oftener of late, though fire runs were abund* ant. The long looked for Pension Bill has passed and has now become a law in the State of Ohio. The improvements over the old bill are good ones, The amounts to be paid are specific, not as before, when it was optional with the Board cf Fire Commissioners and Mayor, whether they paid any amount they saw fit. It also provides that two members of the Fire Department, elected by the members of the Department, are on the Board to represent the interest of the Firemen and their families ; it also places to the credit of the fund annually double the amount of money formerly received. One half the tax of foreign insurance instead of one fourth. It also specifies how the money not in actual use for running expenses shall be invested and not lie in the hands of the City Treasurer for him to use. Great credit is due the Committee from the Department. William Feeney and John VanDevelde, who had (he handling of the affair from its inception to its passage on April 28, “ the Department elected William Long and William Clayton to represent them in the deliberations pf the Boafd. Both are good men. The Board organized Saturday, and are now ready for business. It is to be hoped that the new Board will not be long in making up its minds, as to (he eligibility of an applicant tor benefits from the fund. Saturday, also James Shanon was elected President of the new Fire Board. He is indeed worthy, and in every respect competent to discharge the duties of the office. He is as I said on one former occasion, an old Fire “Vamp,” your humble servant, and he worked shoulder to shoulder at many a fire. The President made a speech setting forth in strong terms the necessity for more apparatus and companies, and recommended the asking of $70,000 more to purchase engines and trucks, and have equipped four new companies, and a number of other changes, all businesslike and to the point. Our city contains nearly thirty square miles and has only eighteen companies to protect it from the fiery element, thirteen engines, four hook and ladder trucks and one chemical engine. Our fires have been numerous and large since my last, but we are proud to say were always handled in a satisfactory manner. In our issue of the 2Sth, I notietd a call for “Unknown,” from W. H. N., asking him(“ Unknown,”) if the appointment of Chief Wallace knocked him down. Also the statement if he would not properly show up this Department in THE JOURNAL, if not, he (“W. H. N.”) would in his feeble way. W. H. N., the appointment of Chief Wallace did not knock me down or out, being individually uninterested only as a citizen and taxpayer. UNKNOWN.
DAVENPORT, April 25—Hose Company No. 3 is now quartered and equipped in grand style in the new frame Hose-house on (he west side of Harrison street, between Twelfth and Thirteenth streets. The house being a two-storied frame metal roofed one, 25×50 feet, surmounted by a 6×6 hose tower, fifty feet in height. The hose tower resembles a wooden smoke stack and gives the Hose-house a somewhat strange appearance. We find on the first floor, two stalls for horses which are aside of the apparatus, and not as in the other houses, in rear. There is a neat stairway in rear which leads up to the hay loft, and a few steps west brings us into the sleeping parlor, which is beyond doubt die finest in the Department. A sliding pole of unusual thickness enables one to get to the first floor in a hurry. The hose carriage is a fourwheeler, built by the Extinguisher Company of Chicago, and some proclaim it to be a “daisy.” It is far beyond what we expected to sec. It is finished in rich colors, red predominating, with abounding supply of transfer pictures of dogs, eagle, snipe, etc., seldom seen on hose carriages. The Captain, Julius Johnson, lias command of this company, having in charge F. Valentine and Mr. Hubley ; the fourth man has not been found up to this writing. Very cheerful can the inhabitants of tinaristocratic blufls feel over the organization of this hose company in their midst.
Our Department had to answer several alarms and stills for graveyard fires, shingle fire, rubbish fires, etc., and kept the horses in good exercise all around. On the morning of April 25, when Box 36 sounded, the boys had to fight a sawmill blaze caused undoubtedly from sparks going amongst sawdust in the boiler house. Had it not been for the prompt arrival of the hose carriages, undoubtedly would the insurance companies and Messrs. Ren wick, Shaw & Crossett weep over the loss of a large and good sawmill. The less at this fire mentioned is inconsiderable. In justice for once for’all concerned in the alarm telegraph, we must say, that the “ 36 ” Box sounded distinctly and plain, a fact which we are too pleased to record for once.
$47.50 a month is what Captain Johnson gets now. Won’t he feel jolly. (A voice from the distance says : “You bet”). Claus Schlueter has taken Johnson’s place in the 2’s. It is said that he fought fires as “ nice as you please” in Fort Wayne.
Chief Noe says Davenport can’t show up a hotel which is better equipped and fitted out with fire escapes and standpipes, than the Harper House over the river. “ Guess not.” Hose 3 is the pet company of tin; town at present. Take that bell striker away from that Congregational Church tower, Messrs. Aldermen, and have it somewhere where it will do some earthly good. That’s all. I. S.
—Three of the Lancaster, Pa., fire-bugs were sentenced recently, tq imprisonment, for the respective terms Qf sixteen, ten and eight years,