WHAT THEY SAY.
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BOSTON, MASS., November 18.—The Board of Aldermen and Common Council, after consultation with the fire commisioners, have voted to increase the salary of the ten district engineers from $1600 to $2000 per annum. This is a step in the right direction and one I trust that will be followed up until the rank and file will be brought up to the standard of other departments of our size throughout the country. I think that nearly everybody now agrees with my oft-expressed opinion on this subject ; namely, that the officers and members of our department should no longer remained underpaid. The matter of establishing these salaries rests with the Board of Fire Commissioners, and we believe that the time has arrived for them to take action. The citizens and taxpayers through their representatives have signified their willingness on different occasions to furnish any Bum sufficient to carry out this matter, and therefore there seems to be no reasonable excuse for the board in not taking early action.
As the salaries stand to-day, the driver of a company in the outskirts holds a more lucrative position than a captain in the city proper, for this reason ; he saves about $150 per annum in rent alone, to say nothing of the wear and tear of clothing. Our chief engineer is not paid in proportion to those of’Ncw York, Brooklyn and Chicago, yet he is held responsible for the workings of the second fire department in size and the extinguishment of fires in the most inflammable city in this country. There is a rumor going the rounds to the effect that the commissioners will report adversely on this matter, but I hope for the best interests of the department, that the report will prove to be premature. Nothing could be more demoralizing than such action taken by the board at the present time, from the fact that the rank and file had looked forward for brighter days in the future than has been their lot in the gloomy and quite recent past. Both officers and members, who have formed quite an exalted opinion of both Commissioners Fitch and Murphy, are loth to believe that they would be parties to any such non-progressive action. I join with them in their faith in both these gentlemen, believing as I do that they have a grave sense of the responsibilities of their positions, and that it is not the intention of either of them ihat any act of theirs should be the means of demoralizing any portion of the department entrusted to their care.
Fire Marshal Charles W. Whitcomb has entered upon his duties, with headquarters at No. 5 Pemberton square. He will be assisted by a clerk and stenographer; the latter in many cases will represent the marshal at fires. It Is predicted that the fire bugs will have a hard time of it in the future.
A petition representing several millions of dollars has been presented, asking that Engine Company No. 14 be made a permanent organization. This company covers considerable ground, and has a great amount of property under its protection. The need of a full permanent company in this station has been a long-felt want, and no doubt the wish of the citizens and taxpayers will in the near future be gratified.
The members of the Firemen’s Mutual Relief Association have been notified that an assessment of $2 is now due from them on account of the death of Hoseman George E. Tyler of Engine Company No. 32. Mr. Tyler received fatal injuries by falling from a ladder while at work painting. This is assessment No. 83 since the association was formed, some fourteen years ago. The amount of the last benefit reached $1450.
Albert T. Holmes, a valued hoseman of Engine Company No. 26, was struck down with a paralytic shock recently, from which he has not yet recovered. Albert has the sympathy of his associates and friends.
Engine Company No. 22 are very much pleased over their new clock, which was made by memburs of the company, and is certainly the finest piece of workmanship of the kind in any station of the department.
That portion of our city known as Ashmount is now begging for fire protection, and wants the fife commissioners to place an engine company In service there.
Many are of the opinion that Hook and Ladder Company No. 5 would be more efficient If it were made a permanent company, and the board will have to consider this matter with others that will come before it.
The quatters for Engine Company No. 33 and Hook and Ladder Company No. 15 are very nearly completed, but will not be occupied before May t.
Where, oh where,,is our old friend “ Shomer V Why should he neglect THE JOURNAL to such an extent ? Brace up, brother 1 Brace up 1
NEW ENGLAND ITEMS.
PORTLAND, ME., NOV. 17.—Manchester, N. H., has voted to make its chief of department a permanent officer, to be appointed for a term of three years, at a yearly salary of $1200. He is to have full charge of the department, its stations and fire alarm telegraph. The pay of all the firemen is to be increased $25 per annum, and “tickers” are to be placed in their several residences.
The Chemical Engine Company of Manchester, N. H., has secured Smyth’s Hall for the assembly which is to be given for the purpose of obtaining funds to furnish and embellish the headquarters of the company at the Vine street station. The assembly will be given on Thanksgiving day evening. This company has been presented with an interesting relic of the old fire department of Manchester, in the shape of the silk banner carried by old Torrent Hand Engine Company as far back as 1848. It was the property of Assistant Engineer James F. Pherson.
For opulence of gall the village of Woodford, in the town of Deering, Me., takes the honors. This village early one morning last week was visited by an extensive fire. As usual, Portland was called upon for aid and quickly responded, doing excellent duty. Now this village has a hand engine named “ Niagara,” which was recently put in working order, and 1500 feet of new hose purchased ; yet on this occasion not the least effort was made by the village folks to take it to the scene of duty, and while the Portland Department was putting the fire out, Woodford’s people were either slumbering in their warm beds or apparently disinterested spectators, not lifting a hand to help themselves. When a citizen was asked the reason for not taking out the engine, he replied in a most indifferent manner, “ Oh, the Portland engines will take care of it.”
This was the sixth time Portland had been over there within a year. On one occasion their horses became disabled because of the long and hard run, yet, when the fire was out, not a horse could be obtained for love or money to hau] the engines home, although there were many available, and the old team had to be forced to do so, to the ruination of one horse. On another occasion, when the Portland engines were at work, the horses were sheltered in a private stable, the owner of which subsequently sent in a bill to Portland for the hay the horses had eaten. What is still more amazing is the fact that the Portland Department continues to go over there, as no city has suffered more from fire than their own.
Chief Cloyes has one of the best departments in New England, and it is surprising that he allows it to be used by his unappreciative neighbors, at the same time leaving unprotected a large section of his own city. The severe but just measures adopted by Chief Hendrick of New Haven, Conn., when recently called by his dead-head neighbors, in refusing to go unless a fair remuneration was guaranteed, are just the methods for Chief Cloyes and all others similarly situated, to adopt. They should put the screws on and not give way an inch. BOHEMIAN.
DIXON, November 16.—A fire on Main street recently gave the fire department a chance to try the new Preston cut-off with which they have lately been furnished. It works like a charm.
The efficiency of the Rockford (Ill.) Fire Department at the recent destructive fire in that city was pleasantly appreciated last week by the representatives of seventy-four insurance companies, who voted a donation of carpets and elegant furniture to fit up a reading-room and also the central station.
The board of supervisors . rejected the ‘petition of the water-works company for a reduction of taxes on their plant here.
W. H. Woodyatt, an old member of the hose company, was chosen sheriff of Lee county at the last election by the largest majority of any one on the ticket.
R. S. Farrand, another old member and ex-fire marshal, was elected county judge. NIBSEY.
MARLBORO (MASS.) DEPARTMENT MATTERS.
MARLBORO, November 15.—We have had but two fires of late. The first consumed a dwelling-house outside of the water limit. The loss was $1200 ; insured for $650. The second burned a barn and some hay, the loss reaching $600 ; insured for $300.
The relief association of the Marlboro Fire. Department is at last an assured fact. Hose Companies Nos. 1 and 2 with the board of engineers assembled at the parlors of Hose Company No. 1 on Monday, November 8 and started in to make the thing a success. Chief Rock was elected president, but declined to serve; and John T. Fay, the popular young foreman of Hose Company No. 1, was elected to fill that position. Vice president, Frank S. Rock, assistant foreman of Hose Company No. 2 ; secretary, P. Dalton of Hose Company No. 1 ; treasurer, John Byrne of Hose Company No. 2. Trustees, George Brigham, engineer ; Frank Johnson, Truck Company No. 1 ; P. Genery, Hose Company No. t ; Frank Leary and W. F. Hanlan of Hose Company No. 2. The association starts with a membership of over fifty and $150 in the treasury, and I am sure one year from its organization will number all true firemen in the department. Hose Companies Nos. 3 and 4, who were very anxious to enter when the matter was agitated last spring, have pulled out, Company No. 3, the company which first talked the matter up, being the first to pull out.
Hose Company No. 2 will attend in a body the dance of Cataract Hose Company No. 2 of Clinton, on Thanksgiving eve, November 24.
The annual dance of Hose Company No. 2 will take place in the Town Hall on Thanksgiving night, November 25.
About eighteen members of the department attended the dance of the Hyde Park Fire Department November 3, and were so royally received they hated to leave by way of the Hyde Park station ; fearing to hurt the feelings of their hosts, they drove to.Dedham, there taking a train for home on the same night. FAIRMOUNT.
CHARLESTON, S. C.
CHARLESTON, November 16.—Since my last there has been somewhat of a controversy in the department as to who played first water on the earthquake fires. The honor is claimed by several companies, and I have taken some trouble to get the question solved. As THE JOURNAL is taken by a number of members of different companies, I trust they will correct me in case they can shed more light on the subject.
It is rumored that an officer, whose company has never been known to be exceptionally efficient, remarked that he intended to see that all this talk among the men about playing first water should be stopped by the commissioners. If this is true, I trust that he will be given to understand that it is an officer’s duty to encourage the men in their ambition to go to work quickly, and not to discourage them. So this need not prevent the men from giving me all information on the subject of first water.
The men of Engine Company No. 7 are said to have put out the first fire, which occurred opposite their house, without using their engine. In an earthquake publication it is claimed that Company No. 6 put first water on the fire in upper King street. This is a mistake, for, although Company No. 6 was there first, Company No. 4 put on first water.
The engine that played first water on any fire, it seems to be conceded, was Company No. 1, which nearly put out the fire in Legare street alone, and this fire is acknowledged to be the first fire that an engine played upon.
We have had several small chimney fires lately, but our department is too quick to let such fires do any damage.
You will also see by the following clipping that even in the time of their own distress the spirit of benevolence is strong in our firemen :
•‘Captain Dawson has received from L. Behrens, foreman of Engine Company No. T, $15 for Engine Company No. x, for the relief of the Sabine Pass sufferers. Mr. Behrens says : ‘ As circumstances permitted us to be the first engine on hand to supply water to rescue dear old Charleston from the angry flames that threatened her destruction on the fateful night of the 31st of August, we are now on hand to supply the water sufferers of the Southwest with this small contribution.’
“ Captain Dawson has received from Sympathy ’ $1 for the Texas sufferers.” — J.
AUBURN, N. Y.
AUBURN, November 16.—“ Jeff ” Merrigan of Seneca Falls was in town yesterday.
Tom Carmody of Buffalo is spending a few days in the “ loveliest.”
Logan’s Merry 12 are in great demand just at present.
Chief Jewhurst and ex-Chief Frank Plumb of Cortland have formed a partnership, and will start a job printing estsblishment on State street. They will make a specialty of firemen’s badges and cards, and the boys may keep watch for new designs. The gentlemen are so well and favorably known throughout the State that success is sure to attend their venture.
An alarm was sent in from box No. 32 November 6 calling the boys to one of Shimer’s buildings on State street. Their services were not required, as there was no fire, the alarm being caused by escaping steam.
Early Thursday morning the deep tones of the “ Wheeler ” summoned the firemen tothe Young Men’s Christian Association building, where flames had been discovered in the coal chute. It was speedily extinguished with but trifling damage.
Alter changing the date several times for the arrival of the Seneca Falls tiuck, Wednesday, November 10, was finally set as the date of its reception ; but so thoroughly disgusted had the Logans become, on account of the shameful manner in which they had been treated regarding the Hayes truck, that they were, to use the words of a contemporary, “ conspicuous by their absence,” not a member of the company being at the depot. Commissioner Battams and a few intimate friends quickly unloaded it, and it was drawn to the truck-house on Market street. Before this letter reaches you the truck will be commissioned and in service.
I do not mean to reflect either on the firm of Gleason & Baily.or on this truck—for it is a magnificent looking piece of apparatus—in questioning the wisdom of this proceeding ; but does it look like a square deal that the Hayes should stand for two years in the house of the Logans, bought and paid for, the commissioners meanwhile utterly refusing to put it in commisson or even give it a fair trial; and that they should order another truck from Seneca Falls, and before it has been in the city a week put it in service without a trial? It savors strongly to me of something crooked somewhere.
Now, if the gentlemen wish to appear before the public as honest in their intentions, let them give the two trucks a trial, the same as they gave the old truck_and the Hayes, if they will. Let there be a trial of speed between the two, and see if they have secured the superior lightness and draft in the Seneca Falls truck which they claim. Let there be a test in covering a building with the ladders from the respective trucks, in fact a thorough, practical trial that will be satisfactory to all concerned. Really either they must give such a trial or stand convicted before the citizens of Auburn of the most disgraceful attempt at bulldozing which ever came to the knowledge of NIGHT HAWK.
INDIANAPOLIS, November 17.—It has been some time since I have written you, and for fear you may think we boosters are ail dead, I will try and redeem my past negligence by giving you a few lines. We are now in the midst of a political wrangle/but that does not seem to satisfy everybody, and a fire pops up serenely every now and then. During the past few weeks the firemen have had considerable work, and they have treated it in great style.
They have at the same time had some unusual experience, in the way of removing dead people, as during that time three persons have perished in the flames, or rather from suffocation, for the bodies when found were hardly burned. A child, apparently six or seven years of age, was found dead after the fire in the German Orphans’ Asylum, and the other two were colored men who had been out on a lark, and returning somewhat under the influence of liquor, accidentally dropped a match in the hay loft adjoining their sleeping apartment’ and retired without giving It any attention, an oversight which cost them their lives. The boys say they prefer being excused from finding dead bodies; they are by no means stuck on that kind of fire duty.
The election of chief fire engineer occurred last night, and 1 am happy to say that Chief Webster was re-elected for another term of two years. Webster has a host of friends who can and will assist him at any and all times, as shown in his receiving a unanimous vote of the two political parties. It is safe in predicting that for the next two years our fire losses will not be increased through any fault of the chief fire engineer.
Several important changes have been made in the way of apparatus during the past year. As fast as possible the old one-horse hose carls have been replaced by two-horse hose wagons. The change is no doubt a good one, as the department can make better time going to, and alter reaching the fire. The hard and slow work of starting a heavy spool is abolished, and in various other ways the improvement is shown. Every company in the department will receive one of the wagons as soon as they can be made, as contracts have been closed for all but one, and that one will be served in a very short time. The wagons are all building in this city, and the various salesmen of apparatus who have seen them state that they could not be improved upon ; thus we take it for granted that they are as good as the best. They work like a charm anyway.
One of the latest productions of Indianapolis talent is embodied in a new hook and ladder truck, known as the Covert patent. It consists of a strong and well proportioned wagon, carrying a wooden ladder and extension. The first splice is about fifty feet in length, and the second very nearly the same. The manner of raising it is something after the device used by the Hayes truck, but it in no way conflicts with that patent. A trial was given last week and the ladder was placed and men put on the building in just two minutes and a half from the time the word was given. The time consumed in raising the ladders was reported by those who held their watches as fifty seconds. The company wishes to introduce the truck in this State but is making haste slowly. The business manager, H. S. Bigham, will not permit one of them to leave the city until it is just as he desires it, and the idea is carried out in the belief that such apparatus should be perfect beyond a doubt before placing them in service. The greatest claim made for this truck is the stand-pipe, which is fastened in the centre of the ladders, as by its presence the task of lugging hose to the tops of buildings is overcome, the stand-pipe taking that part of the work, and requiring no attention whatever.
At present we are having some trouble with our hose. For the past two years Chief Webster has had very little trouble with it, but the threeyear guarantee of the rubber hose has failed to help the matter any. Thank heaven, the rubber hose of this department is soon to be forgotten. Two years ago cotton hose was 6rst given a show in this city, and the trial consisted of a small order. The experience of the first three months convinced the chief and his men that it was what they had been looking for, and the opinion was hacked up by an order for another lot, this time, 3000 feel. The purchase has never been regretted, as not a section has burst since its introduction, and I feel safe in saying that about the only kind of cotton hose that will come to this city for practical purposes can be spelled with half a dozen letters. In other words, this city has found just as good hose as they desire in the Eureka brand, and the annual fire losses do not show any bad management or judgment. The Eureka has made a good reputation for itself in Indianapolis, and all by the excellent quality of the goods sent here.
From what I can learn, there is some talk of cutting down the working force of the department, but just how it is to be done I cannot say. It is thought that two steamers will be taken out and six men relieved, but that is hardly probable, as the department will not permit of it. It is to be hoped the Idea will be given up. INDIANA.
FIRST PARADE OF THE BOSTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.
BOSTON, November 17.—The first parade of the Boston Fire Department took place on Friday, September 19, 1836, in connection with the procession of military and civic societies, which participated in the ceremonies connected with the unveiling of the Franklin monument, in front of the City Hall, in School street.
The long reign of Chief William Barnlcoat was characterized by plainness and simplicity. A parade, or indeed any demonstration not actually necessary to the department’s business of extinguishing fires, was by him considered almost a crime, and forbidden as far as his power went. A gaily painted engine was to him an object of contempt ; all the engines of his day were black, with a plain gold stripe around the name on the sides.
In 1854 he was retired from service. Elisha Smith, Jr., a very different man from his predecessor, became chief, and instituted many changes. He was a popular chief and died in office shortly after this parade.
The fire department at this time consisted of twelve Hunneman hand engines, and three hook and ladder and fire hose (then called hydrant) companies. The board of engineers consisted of Elisha Smith, Jr., chief; F. W. Colburn, clerk ; C. S. Clark, George W. Bird (both afterwards chiefs), N. W. Pratt, B. T. Mills, James Quinn, Joseph Dunbar—now commanding the first (East Boston) fire district—and David Chamberlin (recently fire commissioner).
The department formed on the Tremont street mall corner of Boylston street, where it was reviewed at 8.30 A.M., by the city council, after which it paraded through Tremont, Pleasant, Washington, Bedford and West streets, to its place in the long procession.
The line was made up as follows, the engine companies coming first, followed by the truck and hydrant, companies : Mazeppa Company No. 1, Broadway, South Boston.—W. H. Cunningham, foreman, 58 men ; wearing black pants, red shirts, with blue front and trimmings, and black caps.
Perkins Company No. 2, South Boston.—Daniel Weston, Jr., foreman,
47 men ; blue shirts, with red and white shield in front; black caps.
Eagle Company No. 3, Washington street near Dover.—Edward L.
Milliken, foreman, 34 men ; red shirts ; black caps.
Cataract Company No. 4, corner Charles and Mount Vernon streets.— John S. Damrell, foreman, 46 men ; drab pants, with glazed leather bof toms ; red shirts and red fire caps. (This was acknowledged to be the best uniformed company in line.)
Extinguisher Company No. 5, East street.—William Rumney, foreman,
48 men ; blue shirts and blue cloth caps.
Mellville Company No. 6, Wall street.—Benjamin H. Bayley, foreman, 38 men ; red shirts ; black caps.
Tiger Company No. 7, Purchase street.—C. C. Henry, foreman ; red shirts of handsome design, and red fire caps.
Boston Company No. 8, Commercial street.—C. P. Shattuck, foreman, 60 men ; red shirts ; blue cloth caps.
Maverick Company No. 9, Paris street, East Boston.—John P. Somerby, foreman, 49 men ; black pants, with patent leather buttons ; red and blue shirts; blue caps.
Dunbar Company No. 10, Meriden street, East Boston.—Joseph Baker, foreman, 41 men ; blue shirts; black caps with red bands.
Barnicoat Company No. 11, City Hall, Court square.—Harry A. Hunting, foreman, 48 men ; red shirts ; fire caps.
Tremont Company No. 12, Warren street.—Oliver Roberts, foreman, 43 men ; red shirts, trimmed with blue ; white fire caps.
Washington Hydrant Company No. x, Salem street.—C. E. Dutton, foreman, 22 men ; red shirts ; scarlet cloth caps.
Union Hydrant Company No. 2, Hudson street.—Moses C. Thompson, foreman ; red shirts ; blue caps.
Franklin Hydrant Company No. 3, Wall street.—Jerome Nevans, foreman, 32 men ; red and blue shirts ; blue caps.
Suffolk Hydrant Company No. 5, Shawmut avenue.—W. H. Ford, foreman, 19 men ; blue shirts ; scarlet caps.
Deluge Hydrant Company No. 6, Paris street, East Boston.—Joseph Barnes, foreman, 21 men ; red shirts, with blue fronts ; black caps.
Warren Hook and Ladder Company No. 1, Friend street.—J. S. Stevens, foreman, 36 men ; red shirts ; tarpaulin hats, with white bands.
Washington Hook and Ladder Company No. 2, Paris street, East Boston.—Charles Simmond, foreman ; blue shirts ; black caps.
Franklin Hook and Ladder Company No. 3, Harrison avenue.— Orlando F. Marston, foreman.
After the parade the procession moved to the frog pond, on the Common, where a contest of the machines took place, beginning at three o’clock and lasting until nine o’clock in the evening. Torches and signal lanterns furnished light after nightfall.
There were two prizes offered—the first, a silver trumpet, for the company which could fill a 2000-gallon tank the quickest, through 300 feet of hose and a 1 i-i6-inch nozzle ; and the second, a silver trumpet, for the best horizontal play through 250 feet of hose and a #-inch nozzle on such a pipe as Chief Smith might select.
The results were as follows, first filling tank: Company No. 3, 11 minutes a«d 2 seconds ; No. 5, xi minutes and 4% seconds ; No. 10, 11 minutes and 5 seconds; No. 7, 11 minutes and 6 seconds; No. 11, 11 minutes and 15 seconds; No. 1, 11 minutes and 26 seconds; No. 9, xi minutes and 42 seconds ; No. 8, 11 minutes and 45 seconds ; No. 12, 11 minutes and 49 seconds ; No. 4, 11 minutes and 50 seconds ; No. 2, 11 minutes and 54 seconds ; No. 6, 11 minutes and 55 seconds.
Eagle No. 3 was awarded the prize, “although several objected, because she was a six-inch cylinder, while all others, except No. 5, were but 5^-inch. No. 5 was second on the list.
The second trial resulted as follows : No. 5, 1S0 feet ; No. 7, 170 feet ; No. 3, *70 feet; No. 4, 163 feet; No. 10, 155 feet; No. 1, 153 feet ; No. 2, 153 feet; No. 8, 150 feet; No. 9, 148 feet No. 11, 145 feet; No. 6, 140 feet; No. 12, T3S feet. No. 5 thus winning the prize.
The judges were James Quinn, JohnC. Hubbard, Geo. S. Thorn, Peter C. Jones, Chief S. F. Traia of Roxbury, J. R. Mullen, Alvin Vinal and Assistant Engineers David S. Tucker and E. A. Casffgerof Charlestown.
The hydrant companies ran from corner of Tremont and Boylston streets, through Boylston to Charles to Beacon, connected with hydrant, ran off 500 feet of hose and put water through pipe; twenty men were allowed each company.
For this contest there were two prizes. First, $100 ; second, a $75 trumpet. The result was as follows : No. 1, 3 minutes and 40 seconds ; No. 2, 3 minutes and 40 seconds; No. 6, 3 minutes and 45 seconds ; No. 5, 4 minutes ; No. 3, 5 minutes and 55 seconds. Nos. 1 and 2 being tied, they drew lots for prizes. No. 1 drawing the first.
After the contests nearly every company in the department held a banquet, entertaining another company, or were entertained themselves.
It is now just thirty years since this parade, and many great changes have taken place, yet some of those whose names are here recorded are in active service to-day, or have been up to within a short time. All of the engines long ago made way for steamers, and are now mostly all in service in small municipalities throughout the country.
Of the companies which have continued in service up to date are the three hook and ladder companies, Hose Company No. 3 (now Hose Company No. 8), and Hose Companies Nos. 5 and 6.
Of the company commanders of that day, W. H. Cunningham of Mazeppa Company No. i_was, until a year or so ago, commander of the Fifth fire district, and is now inspector for an insurance company. John S. Damrell, then foreman of Cataract Company No. 4, is too well known as ex-chief of this department to need further mention.
When Chief Smith died, C. S. Clark succeeded him for a short period, and was in turn followed by Geo. W. Bird, who was succeeded in 1866 by J. S. Damrell. With his advent into this office came an entire change in the workings of the department, and under his rule its excellent repur tation was won.
Captain Wm. Rumney is now a resident at Newtonville.
Captain Harry Hunting is also a resident of Newton, and was the beau ideal fireman and foreman of his day. His company, Barnicoat No. II, was Boston’s favorite.
Oliver Robbins of Tremont Company No. 12 was also a very popular foreman.
Moses C. Thompson of Hose Company No. 2 is now on the police force.
Joseph Barns of Hose Company No. 6 was long an assistant engineer under Chief Damrell.
James Quinn was long a member of the police force, and at one time its deputy chief. He died a few years ago, while captain of station No. 4.
B. T. Mills is now an active member and president of the Veteran Firemen’s Association.
All the other company commanders withdrew from the service when hand engines went out, or shortly after. BOSTON BOY.