WHAT THEY SAY.
(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 the 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 expiession to correspondents, simply requiring them to avoid personalities, and expecting them to state facts.]
AUBURN, N. Y.
AUBURN, September 26.—Fire matters in the practical sense are almost a thing of the past, and it is often heard expressed by our lads that while they do not desire anyone to sustain loss of property by a fire, yet a chance once in a while would be relief to the monotony. The energy with which our Firemen enter into the matter of drilling, is commendable and the proficiency attained for the time devoted is remarkable, and especially so is it in regard to the Hook and Ladder Company, and the award at the Rochester Convention in the competitive drill was a compliment ail feel proud of; also the pleasant sentiment and praise received at the recent inspection of the Owego Department, where they were guests. It is hoped the other Companies will continue to drill, to enjoy the pleasure it gives the members as well as ^the benefit it is regarding discipline. To-morrow, September 28th, the annual parade and inspection of the Department will take place. With pleasant weather it is expected to surpass anything before or since the Convention in 1880. Johnson Hose Company of Bradford, Pa., will be the guests of Hose Company No. 4. Many prominent members of the Department are invited to be present. The energy with which both officers and men are working to have a good time is a guarantee of success. Chief Imhurst is the right man in the right place. Hose Company No. 7 expect to have their new carriage finished to use upon the occasion. A visit a few days since to the shop of Messrs. Horne, Wills & Co., to whom the Fire Commissioners gave the building of this carriage, and where it is now receiving its finishing touches, shows that they were fully possessed with the knowledge in the making of this kind of work, for a first-class job has been done. Both Messrs. Horne & Wills are practical workmen in their respective branches, and they were aware that under the thorough practical knowledge of Commissioner Battams, good work must be done. All interested are congratulated as to the result. On Saturday a distinguished Fireman and experienced officer visited our city for the first time, the guest of ex-Alderman Captain Brown—New Haven’s efficient and honored Chief Engineer, Mr. Hendrick, having been to the Chief Engineers Convention at Cincinnati, under the care of Mr. Brown, Mr. Robert Peet, Commissioner Battams and Chief Imhurst. Mr. Hendrick was shown the Department and the various places of interest, not forgetting the regular session of the O. A. O. O. T. R. club. Mr. Hendrick was pleased to speak in highest terms of our little Department. May he come again, for he is a gentleman of whom the Firemen of his city may be proud.
For a few days after the Convention at Rochester, it was frequently heard on the street, ” How did the State Firemen’s Convention go off?” The general reply being that the efforts of the local authorities regarding the arrangements was unequaled by anything ever done before, being favored by many things which the city possessed to make it a signal success. The parade was indeed grand, all showing that a great labor had been done, but that the practical work of the Association was not what the delegates and exhibitors had anticipated, showing that a screw was loose somewhere; too much time and attention being devoted to a big time, and electioneering, a lack of harmony between the local committee and the committee of the State Association.
The trial and tests of apparatus, &c., which all interested had looked forward to, was a complete failure, and was anticipated even before the Convention had assembled. The management of the so-called examination, as a whole, by the committee, appointed, was such as to give dissatisfaction. It is hoped that in the future the local authorities and the Association will be united upon this most essential feature of the work of the Association. Another feature it is hoped will be obviated in the future, viz., that when the committee in charge of the exhibition hall send out circulars saying they will not charge for space, that they will advise the exhibitors of any charges they have against them, before the close of the meeting, so that if there is any mistake about the correctness of the same they can adjust it without sending a bill for work never done or required. An exhibitor in this city, a few days since, received a bill for carpenter work never ordered, but does not complain of the amount, but of the principle. Other places have prepared spaces for goods, expecting to pay for it out of the money raised by the contributions of the citizens, without recourse to sending a bill after the adjournment, and without giving any previous information, to the exhibitor. I see Mr. Raymond, on the subject of tinvalidity of his title to the Presidency of the State Association, does not look at the matter as some do, but there is more than one way to look at a question, yet as the first section of the constitution, and which is an enactment of law, defines that the persons named in the said enactment, and who represent an organized body, their successors, &c., shall constitute the Association, and that each year the Association shall hold an annual meeting, each organization allowed but one representative in the Association, therefore, as this constitution defines the members, the officers must be chosen from its elected members at the annual meeting, having complied with all the rules and regulations. As Mr. Raymond was a legally elected delegate at Saratoga and afterward elected as President, and under the rules held for one year or until his successor was elected, he was to participate in the Rochester meeting, and under the rules had a right to vote in case of a tie, even if he was not elected a delegate to that Convention for the ensuing year, but as to his eligibility for re-election as President is where the shoe pinches. In view of the fact that the officers must be elected trom the body of the Association, consisting of delegates representing an organization, for the ensuing year, and who have paid their dues, signed roll, etc., and the fact he was not elected as he admits (and as the record shows) is, to some, evidence that.he was not eligible. As some other correspondent has suggested, it might be an interesting subject for the Executive Committee to sit over, if for no better reason than the enlightenment of those who seem to be so ignorant as to the intent and meaning of the constitution. W.
CHICAGO, September 26.—Your esteemed correspondent, ” Old Boy,” in his letter dated the 25th ult., asks for information from his brother scribes in regard to the use and benefit of relief valves, as he says they have a man in Wheeling who claims they are a detriment and are being abandoned by other Departments. I am sorry to say it is no credit to the Wheeling Department to have such a member connected with it. I should say, and I think I will be endorsed by any intelligent Fireman, that such a man is a detriment, and not the relief valve. In regard to the merits of the relief valve I can only speak for the Pruntv relief valve, of which there are tbit tytwo in use in our Department. The valve was first introduced here in 187a. and has been in continuous use ever since, and they are as good to-day ns when first placed in service. As to the benefits of them, it is beyond calculation in saving damage by water, and it also gives the Pipeman complete control of the stream and the amount of water to be used. The unnecessary use of water to extinguish a firt must inevitably increase the damage, especially where the fire is in a building containing valuable goods of any description that will suffer damage by water. In the old Volunteer days it was the ambition of the Firemen to get first water and throw the largest stream, and very often large quantities of water were used when little or none was wanted. Their aim was to put out fires regardless of the damage done by water. This uncalled-for damage has been obviated by the introduction of the shut-off nozzles with relief valves, which give the Pipeman complete control of the amount of water to be used and do away with the necessity of signaling ihe Engineer to ” shut down ” or “ run slow.” In this age of improvement in fire apparatus I think I can safely say, without contradiction, that instead of being abandoned, Fire Departments of any pretensions whatever are, as fast as practicable, placing in service and adopting the relief valves and shut-off* nozzles as a meritorious invention.
Last Saturday night a number of friends of Captain E. W. Murphy, of Engine Company No. 17, with headquarters at No. 80 West Lake street, surprised him by the presentation of a gold watch as a testimonial of their regard. A large number of Firemen were pre*cnt, and arrangements had been made to spend the evening in dancing, a band having been previously secured for that purpose. Lieutenant Burns made the presentation speech, which was responded to by Captain Murphy, who adverted to the many narrow escapes he had passed through, and said he hoped the boys would be more fortunate than he in avoiding accidents. Suddenly the alarm was rung, and Engine Company No. 17 started to the front. While passing along Canal street, just south of Van Buren, the hose carriage struck a pile of stones that lay carelessly in the roadway, and was upset. Captain Murphy was picked up for dead, but, after lying unconscious for some time, he revived and was found to be not seriously injured, and was carried to his home, at No. 213 Forquahr street. The Driver, Michael Sheehan, was terribly bruised about the head and had his right arm broken in four pieces. Louis Ernest, Pipeman, was also badly bruised, but suffered no serious injuries. The alarm of fire which broke up the presentation scene and summoned Engine Company No. 17 on its fateful journey, was from the corner of Canal and Harrison streets. Captain Murphy is on duty again, but it will be some time before Sheehan and Ernest will report for service.
Fred. Gund, of the Fire Alarm Telegraph Corps, met with a rather serious accident while out hunting last week. Three fingers were blown off his left hand by the explosion of his gun. Lieutenant Maxwell says it is another young Democrat. This makes a baker’s dozen for the Lieutenant. It lie keeps up the good work he will soon have enough to start a small Department of his own. Jim Hanley, of Company No. 13, has contracted a very bad habit, viz., getting up in his sleep and talking about ” whistle back ” pullets. Jim, you are laboring under a delusion, it is one of the ” Old Gent’s” musical snores. ” Hydrant •Chuck,” old boy, shake.
The following is the report of fires for September: Alarms, 72 ; second alarms, 1; stills, 74. Total insurance involved, $261,928. Total loss, $20,649.19. The total loss for the corresponding month last year was $77,338.64. Inspector Musham has just completed his quarterly inspection, and reports everything in good condition.
The w ater tower now in process of construction at the Department Repair Shops is rapidly nearing completion and will be ready for a trial test in a few weeks, at which time I will give a more detailed account. Captain Reis, of Truck Company No. 3, is carrying an extra pole and a fifth wheel. I wonder what he carries them for. Company No. 18 is to have a new four-wheeled cart. SPARK.
BOSTON, October 4.—Our Fire Commissioners have had a “ monkey and parrot’* time of it making a selection of a competent person to fill the District Engineership left vacant by the demise of Captain George Brown. The lucky applicant was Captain L. P. Abbott, of Hook and Ladder Company No. 3. As usual, there has been ‘considerable feeling since the announcement was made. 1 will not at this time make any comments on the choice of the Board. The selection has been made ; let us watch the results, and therefore I will let matters rest, by calling the attention of our Fire Commissioners to the fact that to reject a fit man for the purpose of installing one less fit is committing an injustice, not only against the rejected and competent applicants, but also against the whole Department, whose right it is to be commanded by the fittest man. Of late years there has been a tendency when a man aspires for office in this Department to make him a target for all sorts of abuse. The result of this is apparent. A good Fireman is mangled with relent less force, and with some persons it answers as well to charge an opponent with an offence as it does to prove it. We cannot all become District Engineers or Captains, but may try to reach a position a little higher than that which we Bow occupy. 1 have heard it suggested that our Commissioners should, in making appointments, transfers and promotions, remember one thing, that men who should enjoy ” soft snaps” are those who have by hard work and faithful service in times past earned them. It is an honor to hold any position in a Fire Department free from politics like ours, and when you are promoted in the B. F. D.. it is proof positive that you have the confidence and respect of the Board of Fire Commissioners. The following promotions, transfers and appointments took effect during the past week: Captain I.ewis P. Abbott, of Hook and Ladder Company N’o, 3, to be District Engineer District No. 6; Assistant Foreman Cummings, of Truck No. 3, to be Foreman of the same; Hoseman William C. I.ee, of Engine Company No. 26, promoted to Assistant Foreman, and assigned to Hook and Ladder Company No 3; Hoseman M. It. Reordon, of Engine Company No. 25, to be Driver of Hose Company No. 2 ; Ladderman Thomas Hoggs, ol Truck Company No. 3, to be Hoseman ol Engine Company No. 26; Hoseman II. /.. Wood, from Engine Company No. 8 to Ladderman on Hook and I .adder Company No. 3.
The following substitutes were appointed on probation ; Sub Metcalf to Engine Company No. 6, Handy to Engine Company No. 8, Holmes to Truck Company No. 1, Pendegrass to Truck Company No. 8, and Stimpson to Engine Company No. 25.
The Third Annual Convention of the Massachusetts State Firemen’s Association met in Faneuil Hall. September 26. About one hundred and fifty delegates from all parts of the State attended the opening session of the Convention. The Convention was called to order at 11.30 A. M. by the President, ex-Chief John S. Damrell, of this city, who delivered an interesting opening address. The presence of so many representative Firemen is an acknowledgment, said Capt. Damrell, that the State Firemen’s Association has achieved some beneficial results in the past, and I bespeak for it in the future a grand success. The report of Secretary Esterbrook was read and accepted, in which several suggestions were offered. There were several visiting Chiefs on the platform, and many letters of regret from others at their inability to be present. The attendance seemed to warrant that our State Association will soon be second to none of the organized bodies of Firemen. True, it can be said the third annual was a success.
The alarming number of fires throughout the country this year, and the magnitude of the losses they have occasioned, have had a tendency to draw insurance companies more closely together than at any period since our great fire in 1872. For a long time past fire insurance has been a highly competitive business, and. as from the nature of things, there can be no settled scale of cost, the rates of premium have been driven down so that the total outgo far exceeds the total income. It is. therefore, manifest that the companies must receive a larger gross sum if they would not go into eventual insolvency. In the West an earnest and, on the whole, a successful attempt has been made to continue the insurance companies in an agreement which will allow them to charge a higher price for their policies. Here in the East It has not been possible to carryout a thorough plan, but a meeting of underwriters representing practically all of the large insurance companies was held in this city last week, and it was there agreed to make a substantial increase in the rates of premium on paper mills throughout the New England States; this end having been attained a similar advance will be made in the rate upon the factories of some other large business Industry, which, at the present time, is not paying its fair quota to the general insurance fund.
Have you seen Captain Shaw? was the question among the boys. Yes, the great Chief of the Old Wortd has been among us, and exhibitions of fast hitching. putting up ladders, etc., met his eye with favor. He was highly delighted with a (rip around our water front on the Fire Roat Flanders, and seemed highly pleased at the courtesies extended by the heads of our Department. While here he inspected the old anil well-established house of James Boyd & Son, the wellknown hose manufacturers, and admitted there was nothing like it at home. 1 should not be surprised to hear that on the Chiefs return he announced the fact to his people that he inspected the finest department in the world while in the Hub.
Substitute Hugh Leonard has proved, beyond a doubt, that he can chew smoke, and has been appointed a Call Hoseman on Engine Company No. 14, and Captain 1’oor w ill do doubt make a good boy of him.
Hoseman John F. Ryan, of Engine Company No. 7, and lady, were invited guests of Passaic Engine Company No. 1 of Patterson, N. J., at the dinner and hop given by this Company to their friends from Salem, Mass., September 19th, and speaks in the highest terms of the treatment received.
Captain Charles S. Clark, for many years an Assistant Engineer in this Department, departed this life September 28. He was an active member from 183610 1B58, and lor a number of years was Foreman of Old Boston No. 15. At the time of death he was a member of the Veteran Firemen’s Association.
The City Council have at last taken action in the form of a request in regard to the pension act for the benefit of the Firemen and their widows, and our Fire Commissioners have been requested to suggest to our City Fathers the best methods by which said act can lie carried into effect. There are several members who have been faithful servants whom the pension act will aid now that their days of usefulness are over. Assistant Engineer George C. Fernald, of the Seventh District, who has been confined to his lied with a combination of diseases, has reported for duty.
LYNN, October 3.—The Firemen of Lynn are to combine themselves together and present a petition to the Committee on Fire Department for an increase of pay from $110 to $aao. 1 heartily wish (o see an increase, as our Firemen have more work to do than any Department of its size in the State. The Lynn Department have to respond to fires in Swampscott and Saugus. If any employees of the city deserve an increase of pay it is the Firemen. An alarm from Box 23 on the evening of the 13th was caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp in a boarding house on Andrews street, no damage being done. Box 14 was sounded on the 16th for a fire in a dwelling house on Suffolk street. The fire burned through the roof, but a stream from the Pinafore soon subdued the flames. The loss is about $ico; insured.
Fred W. Robinson, Driver of Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, who was injured at the Swampscott fire, is out again. Rumor has it that John Calley is to have a new pair of horses, as his pair are too light for his steamer.
The Chief Engineer of Haverhill is to pay a visit to our city in quest of a few points. Abram is the man that will help him out every time. It is probable an alarm will be turned in from some box.
“Chuby” is being driven on the pole with “Susie,” and Churchill is happy.
General Butler Company No. 4 will give a dance in November. “Shipwreck” should take a few lessons in counting, as he counted Box 23, 13. We have a man in the Department that is driving a horse car. I expect to see Silver Grey hose carriage next week.
What the Lynn Fire Department needs most ol all is a self-sustaining rerial ladder—the longest ladder in the Department being sixty-five feet long, while there are somewhere in the neighborhood of fifteen buildings that are eighty feet in height. Let our Committee on Fire Department give this matter their earnest and speedy attention, before a fire in one of our high brick buildings opens their eyes.
Joe Wade, Foreman of Engine Company No. 2, and his family are rusticating in the country. I hope they will enjoy themselves. We are glad to know that “ Hydrant Chuck ” is about to take up his interesting pen, to represent the Hub. His letters are always read with interest by the Firemen of the “ City of Shoes.” I am informed that ” Sankey ” intends to visit the Cape, on his vacation, in search of some of those famous turkeys the Cape boasts of.
We have a one arm Fireman in the Department, William R. Melden, who belongs to Tiger Hose Company. It is said he is better on a ladder than some men with two arms.
An alarm from Box 61, on the 27th, was caused by the explosion of a kerosene oil lamp, in L. M. May’s, on Varion street. The fire was extinguished before the Department arrived. No loss. Hose No. 4 looks very nice and the boys are happy, or would be if they could only get $200 a year. SINBAD.
MOBILE, September 27.—Will the Editor of THE JOURNAL allow me to explain through his valuable paper to some persons here who think I a:n still corresponding with THE JOURNAL that they are mistaken, and furthermore that I do not wish my name spoken of in the Mobile Fire Department. I often hear remarks such as “He would have .made a fine Chief Engineer.” While it is impossible to keep people from talking, yet 1 would be much obliged if my name were dropped by them. I do not wish it spoken about, neither complimentary or otherwise. As it is well known, 1 did not contest for Chief Engineer, because the pay was not enough for me, and I left the Fire Department with the intention of going North or West to some large city, which intention 1 intend to carry out just as soon as I can dispose of my real and personal property here. This place is dead, and I am sorry to say so, as it is my native town. I believe this is the only place in the United States with a population of 31,205 that has no Mayor. The population in 1870 was 32,034 which shows how fast the place is increasing. In ending this explanation I return thanks to several correspondents for compliments paid me since I have ceased writing. HENRY J. JACKSON,
Fire Department Expert.
DAVENPORT, September 25.—It is now quite a time since anything has been heard from this section of the country, but nevertheless we are still alive and are always ready for fighting the fiery element in good shape. News is scarce in our Department, save a few changes of appointments and dismissals. Resignations since our last communication were C. Kirby and John Thiel, of the Twos, and John Hild, Win. Ramme, Peter Peterson, and G. Aye of the Hooks, all on account of the poor pay they received. The boys petitioned for more pay, threatening the Council that their services would not be given if no increase followed, but as the boys did not stick together, the Council sat down upon their petition. Jim Thomsen, the man who received his education in the Fire Service at Rock Island, was given his walking papers for non-observance of rules and disobedience of Captain’s orders. He can now start a Paid Hook and Ladder Company across the creek. This place and the ” shoosters ” have been supplied with Thomas Teagarden and T. Martens. If Thomas is as good a Fireman as he is a talker, he’s a good one. On account of the resignation of First Assistant Chief Ramm, Charles Lienhart, the One’s Captain has been promoted to the position. He is a gentleman in every way, and a faithful employee, but is thought by some to be lacking in experience and knowledge of building construction, etc. But, nevertheless, fires have been extinguished by our denounced down-trodden, but faithful Volunteers, we don’t see why they cannot be extinguished now, with or without a Chief Engineer. Chief Noe has been attending the Fire Chiefs’ Convention at Cincinnati, and returned with quite an amount of fire knowledge in store. Our alarm boxes have received a brown coat of paint from the artistic brush of a Fireman. Our Firemen will be everything in the future, house-movers, telegraph pole climbers, floor scrubbers, whitewashes, trainers for circus horses, and God only knows what else. There is much talk about building a new Engine-house for the Twos in the west end of town, and then the boys can learn brick laying under the watchful eye of Chief Noe, who will “ boss the job.” In consequence of the location of the new house, the bounce will follow for the First Ward Volunteers, and within a few years, a Volunteer Fireman will belong to an extinct race of humanity. At the next practice of ladder climbing where they send Hosemen to a fourth-story window, your correspondent will be present to notice the daring feats (if any) and chronicle the same. We do hope that a surgeon will be in attendance with bandages, etc., for sprained ankles, and a bottle of wh-y, to give courage to others. As to fires and alarms, they are scarce, and it seems that either kerosene is dear, for the incendiary’s torch, or the fires cannot get away with the boys, as in an instant they always arrive. But all the same, a factory or two will burn down some day despite the efforts of our paid system, some cold night with a good stiff breeze. Mark it well.
DAVENPORT, October 1.—A little shingle roof fire on the ” Church Block” building, on the northeast corner of Fifth and Brady streets, was the latest excitement on record, which occurred at noon of September 29, 1882. The Paid Companies responded quickly to Box 27, with the exception of the No. 2 Hose, which was considerably delayed, owing to a breakage in their harness. When Chief Noe arrived and viewed the situation he concluded to sound the second alarm, and this was quickly followed by a third, which brought out the Hopes, Pilot and First Wards in good shape, and united with the Paid men they did effective service. The building, of course, was thoroughly soaked, enough to set it afloat, and the loss is somewhat heavier due to water than by fire. Nevertheless, a benefit to the entire neighborhood, if not to the community, would have been bestowed, if this old rickety transformed Methodist church, whose present dwelling tenants are of questionable character, would have been made even with the ground. Now a word or two about the “ outside help ” that was so much used at this fire. We always entertained the idea that when we have a Paid system, the Paid men were to do the work allotted to them alone, unless some “outsider” wished to help them voluntarily. But we find now that men are hired from the street at fires to help at $3 an hour. We will wager anything that at future fires there will be a multitude of men willing to work an hour or so for $3 apiece. If Davenport wishes to maintain a first-class Paid Fire Department, let it increase the number of men of the various Companies, give them more pay, and organize one or two more Paid Hose Companies in the suburbs and fully dispense with Volunteers. Then the “bummer element” will not stand in the way at $3 a head. Of course, all this ought to be done if finances permit it, and the citizens want a first-class service.
DIXON, September 27.—In THE JOURNAL of the 16th, L. Adder Brace, from Dixon, spreads himself in great shape, or, at least, he thinks he does. He says we have a new chemical engine, but, at the same time, I am aware that he has no interest whatever in the engine, as he is not a member of the Hook and Ladder Company. By his communication I am-informed that ” Pratt ” says that it is better than a water engine. I admit that it is for this city. ” Graff” is mistaken when he states that we did not know what we were buying. To “Deland” I would say that, in my estimation, the Holloway is better than a Babcock. Chief Atkins denies making the remarks that L. Adder Brace credits him with. .”Chirney” says “you must put the nozzle in the fire in order to put it out.” Common sense will teach a person that the nearer you get to the fire with a stream the more effective will be the work. ” Shaw ” is correct when he says it is a good thing for the suburbs of the city, and it is the only real protection they have. When “Austin ” tries to put out a fire that is well under way, with ten pails of water, he will find out that he will be left behind. In order to satisfy ” Martin ” I will inform him that we will keep it clean without calling in his assistance. To ” Dammick” I would say that we propose to pay for the engine, and that it will not be a funeral either. ” Harding ” need not be alarmed, as we do not propose to make him a present of the engine. ” Moeller ” does not know the difference that chemicals and water have on a fire, consequently his comments do not amount to anything. To ” Dey ” I would say that if the Hook and Ladder Company wants a luxury, that is their lookout and not his, and furthermore, he does not have to pay for it. If ” Druning ” will try putting out a fire with buckets and then try it with the engine, he will find that there is’quite a difference, which will be in favor of the engine. To ” Stephens ” I will say that we always get there on time. Mr. Miller and Alderman Dixon take a sensible view of it. They claim that they do not know anything about chemical engines and for that reason will neither recommend nor condemn it. “Greer’s” objection to the machine is, there is too much fancy work about it. Weare able to attend to it without his assistance, seeing that it does not eat our clothes up. I would inform ” Friesenberg ” that we will not have to send it back. “Clute” says he never made the remark that he would as soon have an old woman with two pails of water. I will inform “Morse” that it is a good thing and we are going to keep it. If “Loveland” would sooner give nine hundred dollars for a polecat, that is his privilege, as I am aware he has a fondness for something strong. ” Rittson V does not know any more about the Philadelphia Fire Department than he does of the Dixon Department, although he has been a resident here for several years. If he lives long enough he will learn more about different Departments, providing he wall post himself by reading THE FIREMAN’S JOURNAL. In conclusion I will say that we have had the engine out once for practice and it worked better than it did when R. R. Holloway tested it here, and we are better satisfied with it than ever.
I will not endeavor to reply to any more articles that may appear in THE JOURNAL in regard to the engine, unless parties sign their proper names. We have purchased the engine and Chas. T. Holloway gave us a better machine than the specifications called for, and we are satisfied that it is just the thing for this city at the present time. We are aware that there are certain parties here who have tried to throw’ cold water on the project ever since we first spoke of it, some even going so far as to say that it was only a scheme to make money. We have found that the citizens have always patronized us very liberally whenever we gave them the opportunity, and we adopted this course to show them that we appreciated it, and I guess the parties that made the remark that it was only a money-making scheme think differently about it by this time. When the “Hooks” undertake anything they generally go through with it in spite of all the kickers. Before we accepted the engine we ascertained the opinion of our leading citizens, men of good judgment, and they thought very favorably of the engine, and we then accepted it, and we calculate to run it to suit ourselves and will endeavor when called on to do justice to the citizens generally. JOHN A. STUMFF,
Foreman Monitor Hook and Ladder Company No. 1.
NASHVILLE, October 3.—The following is the report of Chief Stockell, who is also secretary of the Building Department, for the municipal year: “I have issued this municipal year 137 permits for 150 brick buildings, costing $1,100,000. I have also issued 235 permits for 255 frame buildings, costing $200,000, making a total of $1,300,000. I believe this to be under the estimates, as the cost of a larger number of buildings is underestimated. This includes only the buildings being erected within the corporate limits. There have been and are now erecting just outside of the city limits three cotton factories, one woolen mill, one large stove, grate and marbleized mantel establishment; also a large number of dwellings and stores in their vicinity. The State prison has also expended a large amount in the erection of new shops within the prison walls, which is not included in the above estimate. And again, within a short distance from the city, two extensive fertilizer establishments have been erected, all of which add largely to our city’s business. These improvements are of a very substantial and creditable (architectural) appearance, and show conclusively that Nashville is destined at an early day to become a large manufacturing and mercantile city. In 1880 I reported 297 permits issued for brick and frame buildings, amounting to $603,745, and in 1881. 343 permits for brick and frame buildings costing $817,940, showing an increase this year of $699,255 over 1880, and $485,060 over that of last year. All this shows the wisdom of the City Council in establishing good and wholesome building law s; and all that would seem to be required now is a superintendent of buildings to see that those laws are practically carried out in accordance with the plans and specifications, and an enlarged Fire Department to properly protect the large and healthy growth of a prosperous and growing city.” # * #
BURLINGTON, N. J.
BURLINGTON, September 26.—-The Hope Steam Fire Company No.i has engaged the Burlington Band to play for them Octobor 24, the occasion of the bi centennial parade in Philadelphia. The Young America Fire Company No. 3 has engaged the Beverly Cornet Band to play for them on the same occasion. On Wednesday morning, September 13, at 9.15, smoke was observed issuing from a house in Green street, owned by George Rigg. An alarm was given and the Mitchell Fire Company No. 4 responded and succeeded in extinguishing the fire without much damage. The cause was said to be a stove-pipe put through the weather-boards without proper safeguards.
Quite frequently the subject of a Fireman’s parade is broached m this Department. but there seems to be little or no prospect of a demonstration of that character in this city this fall.
The Salvage Corps held a meeting to take action in regard to taking part in the bi-centennial parade, October 24, in Philadelphia, this evening. It was resolved that they would parade in blue shirts, black pants, blue fatigue cap, and badge. The necessary committee was appointed to make arrangements and report on Saturday evening next, the 30th, at Chief Jeffries’ office. On Thursday, September 7. Bristol, on the Pennsylvania side of the line, opposite this city, had quite a disastrous fire. Between one and two o’clock in the afternoon a row of eight frame houses near the freight depot w ere discovered to be on fire, and in less than half an hour they were totally destroyed. The fire originated from a defective flue, and, owing to the combustible nature of the buildings, the flames made rapid headway. The Fire Companies promptly responded to the alarm, but their services proved futile in saving property. Bristol Fire Company No. i s steam engine was out of order, the boiler leaking to such an extent that the fire could hardly be kept from being drowned out. The America Hook and Ladder Company No. 2 tried to keep the flames down with their buckets, and stuck to the work till the water in the well gave out. One of their ladders was badly burned while the men were on it. Seven of the houses were occupied by tenants, who barely had time, with the assistance of the Firemen and citizens, to save their household goods. The property was owned by John Durrance, and was known as ” Rotten Row.” The houses were insured in the Independent Mutual Fire Insurance Company for $800. ONE ENO.