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[Document 59 — 1881.] 







BOSTON. 



IGHTH ANNUAL RE] )RT c/ 



BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS, 



YEAR ENDING APRIL 30, 1881. 



Office of the Board of Fire Commissioners, 

City Hall, Boston, May, 1881. 
To His Honor the Mayor and the City Council of the City 

of Boston : — 

Gentlemen, — In compliance with the provisions of the 
City Ordinance, the Board of Fire Commissioners herewith 
presents its Eighth Annual Report. 

The personnel of the Board remains unchanged, Commis- 
sioner Edward A. White, whose term expired on the first 
Monday in May, being his own successor, having been re- 
nominated by the Mayor, and confirmed as Commissioner by 
the City Council for three years from the above date. 

Organization. 

The total number of men in this department is 643, di- 
vided as follows : — 



Engineers 



Commissioners 

Clerks . 

Chief and Asst. 

Permanent men 

Call men 

Fire-alarm branch 

Apparatus Repair and Hose and Harness Shop 



3 

3 

13 

251 

349 

12 

12 



Total 



643 



ii City Document No. 59. 

The permanent force has been increased by three, and the 
call force by fourteen, since the last annual report. On the 
30th of July, 1880, a new Hook and Ladder company was or- 
ganized, and located on Tremont st.j near Cabot, for the 
purpose of affording additional protection " to that section of 
the city and to the Back Bay, and supplied a want long felt 
in the localities mentioned. 

Houses. 

The houses of the department are in good condition, and 
extensive repairs have been made in the stables of many of 
the houses to save time in hitching. The stalls have been 
changed, and the horses put in a direct line with the appara- 
tus. Among the houses changed during the last year were 
the following : — 

In the Citt Peopee. 

Hook and Ladder-house Wo. 8. — (Fort Hill Square.) 
The stalls in this house, which were at the extreme end of 
the apparatus-room, were brought forward to the wheel of 
the truck, thus giving the horses a short and straight run. 
The smoking-room has been enlarged by moving the parti- 
tion to the rear some six feet, giving the company an oppor- 
tunity to place and use a billiard table there. 

Engine-house Wo. 6. — (Wall st.) The stalls in this 
house have been moved forward about four feet, in order to 
bring the horses nearer the pole. A new floor has been laid 
in the stable and in part new stalls made. The lower part of 
the house has been repainted, whitened, and grained. 

Engine-house Wo. 22. — (Dartmouth st.) Extensive 
alterations are being made in this house. On the lower floor 
the stable accommodations have been improved by the addi- 
tion of another stall. A room directly off the apparatus- 
room, ^formerly used as a stable, is being thoroughly fitted for 
a sleeping-room. A new hard-pine floor is being laid, the 
walls and ceilings to be painted and whitened, and new pat- 
ent blinds put on the windows, and when completed will be 
the dormitory for eight men. A part of the old sleeping- 
room upstairs is to be fitted up for a hay-loft. A new 
manure-pit has also been made under the stable. 

Engine and Hook and Ladder houses Wo. 3. — (Harrison 
ave., cor. Bristol st.) The stalls in each of these houses are 
being brought forward to each side of the apparatus, on the main 



Fire Commissioners' Report. hi 

floor, and the old stable is being remodelled to accommodate 
the housing of the coal and supply wagons, three horses, 
and the horse and buggy used by the Superintendent of Fire 
Alarms. 

A sliding pole has been placed in Engine-house No. 4, 
from the sleeping apartments to the floor, and saves much 
valuable time. It is the intention of the Board, after testing 
the utility of this plan, to apply it to the other houses where 
needed. 

In the Roxbury District. 

Engine-house No. 13. — (Cabot st.) The stalls, four in 
number, have been faced to the front and brought forward to 
the wheels of the apparatus. The whole lower part of the 
house has been painted and grained. 

Engine-house No. 14. — (Centre st.) The stalls in this 
house have been brought forward to the hub of the wheels of 
the apparatus, giving the horses a short and straight run to 
the pole. 

Hook and Ladder-house No. 4. — (Dudley st.) On the 
lower floor of this house three bunks have been placed, for 
the accommodation of members desiring to sleep in quarters, 
whereby the efficiency of the company is increased by the 
assistance rendered the driver in case of an alarm, he being 
the only permanent man in quarters. 

The establishment of an additional Ladder company in the 
Highlands, and the necessity for additional fire protection 
in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant, necessitated a change of 
apparatus in the Roxbury District. That section of the city 
lying between Old Engine-house No. 12 (on the corner of 
Dudley and Winslow streets) and Engine-house No. 21, 
being one and one-half miles in length, is being rapidly 
covered with dwellings, and, in the opinion of the Board, 
needed additional fire protection. The Board, after due con- 
sideration, deemed it advisable to remove the quarters of 
Engine No. 12 to its present location on Mt. Pleasant, and 
transfer the quarters of Hook and Ladder No. 4 to where 
Engine No. 12 was formerly located. For this purpose 
the quarters of old Engine No. 12 were adapted to the 
use of a ladder truck, the stalls changed to face the pole 
of the truck, and other repairs made in this house. The 
new quarters of Engine No. 12 were renovated, the stalls 
changed to the new plan, with swinging doors, etc. The 
Board thinks the change, while involving very little expense, 



iv City Document No. 59. 

affords ample protection to all sections in that part of the 
city. 

In the South Boston District. 

Hook and Ladder-house No. 5. — (Fourth st.) The 
stalls in this house have been faced to the front and brought 
forward nearer the pole. 



In the East Boston District. 

The stalls in Engine-house No. 9 have been faced to the 
front, and the lower part of the house repainted. Two ad- 
ditional stalls have been put in Engine-house No. 11, for 
the accommodation of an extra horse for the new hose 
wagon. 

In the Dorchester District. 

Engine-house JSfo. 18. — The stalls in this house have 
been faced to the front and brought forward nearer the wheels 
of the apparatus. The stalls and lower part of the house 
have been put in good condition. 

In addition to the special communication sent by the Board 
to the City Council, recommending that a house be furuishsd 
on the Back Bay, for a chemical or steam fire-engine com- 
pany, this Board would also call your attention to the neces- 
sity for establishing an additional steam fire-engine com- 
pany in the Charlestown District. Charlestown now has one 
engine company and 4 hose companies, but if a fire occurred 
in certain localities, the hydrant pressure is so low that 
hose companies would be of little use. If this Board were 
furnished by the City Council with an engine-house, one of 
the hose companies could be changed to an engine com- 
pany, and the whole done without entailing a great deal of 
expense. The hose-house near the locality needing a steam 
fire eno-ine is too small to meet the want. 



Apparatus and Apparatus Repair Shop. 

The large amount of money saved to the city in the re- 
pair of apparatus by the establishment of this shop, and that 
for the repair of hose and harness, is a sufficient justification 
for its establishment and continuance by the commissioners. 
The work is there done expeditiously and well, and at first 
cost. In it are employed eleven machinists, blacksmiths, 



Fire Commissioners' Report. v 

wheelwrights, etc., and from three to five detailed men from 
the department. On several pieces of apparatus extensive 
repairs have been made. 

The following statement shows some of the important 
orders drawn on the repair shop during the year : — 



1880. 


May 


8. 
8. 




15. 


June 


25. 




25. 


July 


3. 
10. 




23. 


Sept. 
Oct. 


25. 
10. 




23. 




29. 


Nov. 


13. 


Dec. 


4. 




9. 


1881. 


Jan. 






11. 


Feb. 


8. 




28. 


March 


3. 




15. 




16. 




25. 


April 


11. 
11. 



23 single outlet chucks made and delivered. 

2 (4) four " " " " 1 delivered. 

Engine No. 15, examination of boiler. 
H. and L. No. 1, general repairs and painting. 
Bells and clocks. (New magnets, or electric 

appliances, have been made and put on 11 

bells.) 
Engine No. 23, repairs on dome, valves, etc. 
Coal wagon No. 9, new axles and painting. 
(2) Two new two-wheeled hose-carriages were 

completed this month (Ryan's Pat. ) . 
Fire-alarm, 500 zincs for battery. 
Engine No. 10, new boiler, etc. 
Coal wagon No. 17, general repairs and painting. 
Engineer Colligan's wagon, general repairs and 

painting. 
Engine No. 26, hose-carriage, general repairs, 

new brake, and painting. 
Engine No. 12, general repairs on pumps, etc. 

" " 26, new boiler and painting. 

Fire alarm, new 18-circuit enunciator. 

Engine No. 4, cylinders and pumps overhauled. 
" " 13, hose-carriage, general overhaul- 

ing and painting. 

Engine No. 10, hose-carriage, repairs and paint- 
ing. 

Chemical Engine No. 5, general repairs and 
painting. 

Engine No. 2, general repairs and painting. 

Hose No. 7, repairing wagon of veterinary sur- 
geon. 

Engine No. 25, hose-carriage, general repairs 
and painting. 

Engine No. 13, hose-carriage, changing of axles. 
" " 8, new boiler and painting during 

the year. 



The new apparatus purchased during the year were one 



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City Document No. 59. 



buggy, for the use of the commissioners, two wagons, a steam 
fire-engine of the Silsby pattern, and a hook and ladder 
truck fully equipped. 

Three of the ladder trucks in the city proper have been 
supplied with a calcium-light apparatus, which has proved 
very useful on more than one occasion since its introduction. 

The necessity for a new apparatus repair shop is so appar- 
ent that the City Council has recently set apart 8,000 feet of 
land at the junction of Albany and Bristol streets, on which 
to build a new and more commodious structure. This Board 
respectfully urges upon your honorable body the necessity 
of a' building on this site as soon as possible, in view of the 
great saving to the city by the establishment of this shop. 

Apparatus Repair Shop. 

The following table shows the number of pieces of ap- 
paratus in use each year, during the last seven years, since 
the establishment of this Board, and the seven years preced- 
ing the same, together with the cost of repairs for each year. 
From these figures it will be seen that while the apparatus in 
actual use has more than doubled during the past seven 
years the cost of keeping the same in repair is 60 per cent, 
less. 

Comparative Table. — Cost of Repairing Apparatus. 
Previous to Commission. 



Years. 




"s'g 


6 


i ■ 

-a £ 
■gjf 


Cost of Rep. 
Apparatus. 




10 
11 
14 
15 
15 
21 
21 


10 
10 
13 
13 
15 
15 
16 


3 
3 

4 
5 
5 

7 
.7 




$10,554 43 
8,329 28 
7,935 08 
16,249 32 
37,817 07 • 
37,120 37 
44,178 06 




107 


92 


34 


1 


$162,183 61 







Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 



vii 



Under a Fire Commission. 







o> 


h5 


a" 


P<m 


Years. 


oj 

O So 


o 5 


«1 




O c3 






. 03 


OH 
o 


o a 




May 1, 1874, to Apr. 30, 1875 


30 


30 


n 


1 


$18,104 80 




' 1875, ' 




30 


30 


n 


5 


9,209 36 




' 1876, ' 


1877 


30 


30 


n 


5 


9,018 48 




' 1877, 




30 


30 


n 


7 


7,504 84 




' 1878, 




30 


30 


n 


7 


7,798 64 




' 1879, 




30 


30 


li 


7 


7,810 84 




' 1880, 




30 


30 


13 


7 


8,138 52 






210 


210 

* 


80 


39 


$67,585 48 









Recapitulation. 



From Jan. 1, 1866, to Dec. 

31, 1872 . 

From May 1, 1874, to Apl. 

30, 1881 . . . . 



Total number of 
pieces of appa- 
ratus as for one 
year. 

234 

539 



Cost of repairing 
same. 



$162,183 61 
67,585 48 



The cost of maintaining the repair shop is . $10,479 03 

Less old material exchanged for new . . 420 94 

Total 

Distributed as follows : — 

Repair of apparatus . . . 

Fire-alarm telegraph, and bells and clocks 
Engine-houses, hose and harness-shop . 
Tools, and small supplies, hydrants and reser- 
voirs . . . . . .'■ j 

New apparatus . . . . 

Total . $10,058 09 



$10,058 


09 


$5,646 
1,538 
1,144 


68 
31 
80 


719 
1,008 


80 
50 



Hose and Harness. 

Since the date of the last report the swinging harness has 
been introduced in nearly all the permanent houses of the 



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department, and gives much satisfaction. It saves time in 
hitching, saves harness, and is a great relief to the horses. 
In a short time the whole department will be supplied with 
the harness. The work is done at the harness-shop, as well 
as the making and repairing of harness and hose. 



The cost of maintenance 

harness 
Less old material exchanged for new 



in repairing hose and 



$720 
20 



05 
38 



Making and repairing harness and fire-hats 
Total . . 



$699 67 
1,735 52 

$2,435 19 



During the past year 10,750 feet of hose were purchased 
and 8,865 feet condemned. The amount of hose now in use 
is as follows : — 



Rubber 


. ' . 14,882 feet 


Cotton . 


31,501 « 


Leather . 


13,376 " 


Chemical . ., 


3,320 " 


Hand 


. ' . . . 1,900 " 


Suction 


870 " 



Total 



Horses. 



65,849 



The number of horses in the department is 146, and, with 
few exceptions, they are in good condition. A hospital for 
sick horses is in Hose No. 7's house, where they are attended 
by George W. Stimpson, a member of the department, who is 
an excellent veterinary surgeon, and to whom, under the 
Chief, is confided the inspection and care of the horses of 
the department. During the year 1 horse has died, 4 have 
been exchanged, and 14 purchased. 

In addition to the above there stands to the credit of the 
department one horse exchanged in part payment for a new 
horse, which, failing to give satisfaction, was returned to the 
owner. 

Water and Hydrants. 

During the past year additional hydrants have been added, 
viz., Lowry, 16 ; Post, 54 ; Boston, 26 ; and Boston Lowry, 
64, making a total of hydrants for supplying water in case of 
fire 4,834. In addition to these hydrants there are 216 fire 
reservoirs located in different sections of the city, capable of 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. ix 

holding from 300 to 500 hogsheads of water. In its last 
report this Board called the attention of the City Council to 
the large tax charged by the water department for each 
hydrant and reservoir located in the city, viz., $30 per 
hydrant and reservoir. This tax had increased from $59,730 
in 1872 to $128,940 in 1880, — an amount altogther out of 
proportion to the cost of the water used or the price paid by 
private consumers. A special committee was appointed by 
the City Council to look into the matter, and the result was 
that the Water Department has reduced its tax from $30 to 
$20 per hydrant and reservoir, making a total reduction in 
the water- tax chargeable to the department of about $45,000. 
This Board contends that even this amount is not a sufficient 
reduction, and that, with the necessary increase of hydrants 
throughout the city, from year to year, the tax must be still 
further reduced at no distant day. If this department were 
taxed for the actual amount of water used at fires, at the rate 
of 2 cents per 100 gallons, — the rate paid by private in- 
dividuals, — $3,000 would be more than sufficient to pay the 
total cost. 

Fire-Alarm Telegraph. 

Early in the year work was commenced at head-quarters 
in making improvements in the apparatus and arrangement 
of the battery and circuit wires. New and substantial 
structures were placed on the roof of the City Hall for the 
purpose of carrying the wires. These are of sufficient 
height to allow no wires belonging to other companies to 
pass above those of the fire-alarm department, and this has 
been accomplished in all the work of reconstruction during 
the year. 

The interior wires, leading to the operating room, have 
been renewed and run in a systematic way, by which each 
may be traced its entire length, and an entirely new arrange- 
ment of the batteries has been made, affording more room 
and better facilities for inspection and repairs. 

A supplementary local circuit has been established, by 
which alarms are indicated by vibrators placed in the sleep- 
ing apartments, giving the signals to the employes occupy- 
ing them through the night at the same time that they are 
recorded by the register in the operating room. This is 
intended to cover the contingency of the operator on duty 
being suddenly incapacitated by illness from performing 
his part in giving the alarm to the public after it has been re- 
ceived. The old circuit call bells have been removed, and a 
new annunciator substituted for them, by which any call or 
alarm can be more quickly or certainly located than before, 



x City Document No. 59. 

removing all chance for delay in adjusting the apparatus 
which previously existed. 

A new eighteen-pen, ink-marking register has been sub- 
stituted for the old ten-pen one, which had been in use for so 
many years, and the office has been equipped with new appa- 
ratus throughout, with the exception of the striking-machine 
and switch-board. It is intended to provide a glass case for 
the striking-machine, the better to exclude dust and moist- 
ure, and a new switch-board of enlarged dimensions and 
more modern design. A set of galvanometers, of uniform 
design and resistance, have been placed in an isolated position 
to remove them from local influence, and a full set of relays 
and keys has been obtained to replace the old instruments. 
All the new work in the office has been clone on the basis of 
eighteen circuits, giving a surplus of four circuits for future 
need. 

Renewal and reconstruction of the circuits have been carried 
on through the year, and in all cases where new work has 
been done substantial structures have been erected of suffi- 
cient height to carry the wires above all others, obviating to 
a sfreat extent the troubles from grounds and crosses which 
pre vailed at the commencement of the year. 

The wires have been renewed running south from the 
City Hall to the bridges, forming a part of the South Boston 
ancl Dorchester circuits, and these with the dial circuit are 
new through the "Burnt District." 

The south-west and north-west circuits have been placed 
on new structures for a short distance. 

The south-east is rebuilt on the left side to East street. 

New wires have been run from the City Hall to Charles- 
town ancl East Boston for the alarm and dial circuits, also 
the wires for the new circuit which is being built in East Bos- 
ton the present season. The north-east circuit is now being 
reconstructed throughout. 

The two Roxbury circuits have been partially rebuilt, the 
east as far as Common street on its right side, and on the 
left to the house of Engine 24, and the west to Common 
street on the left, and Tremont Temple on the right. Over 
40 miles of new wire have been laid cluring the year. 

A new seven-wired cable has been laid across the Chelsea- 
bridge, draw, and an old one taken from Mt. Washington ave. 
bridge was laid at the Meridian-st. bridge draw for the East 
Boston alarm and dial circuits. 

New boxes have been put up as follows : — 

Box 131, duplicate . . . June 1, 1880. 

"179 Aug. 4, " 

"95 Nov. 9, " 



Nov. 


19, 


1880 


t i 


19, 


t i 


i i 


25, 


«( 


Dec. 


6, 


4 < 


. . 


27, 


C C 


Jan. 


18, 


1881 


a 


21, 


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Fire Commissioners' Report. 51 

Box 349 . 

" 364 . 

" 428 . 

" 271 . 

" 97 . 

" 98 . 

" 96 . . 

The telephone company has kindly allowed this depart- 
ment to lay wires on its structures wherever erected in the 
city. The keyless door is now on trial in connection with 
our fire-alarm boxes, and so far has given satisfaction. In 
Chicago, where this door is used very extensively, it has 
proved a success. It saves time in hunting up keys, and 
facilitates the giving of an alarm, for it can be opened by any 
person by simply turning a handle. The problem of how to 
carry on telegraph and telephone business, which is continu- 
ally increasing, without the aid of the unsightly poles that 
disfigure our streets, is occupying the attention of persons 
interested in electric science. Several plans are presented 
to the public, but they are practically the overground and 
underground plan ; but no plan yet has been put to such a 
practical test as to justify this Board in recommending its 
adoption at present. 

In the matter of giving an alarm of fire, when the delay of 
minutes or a failure might involve the destruction of millions, 
it would be unwise to give up that which is known to be 
safe and economical, under ordinary circumstances, for a sys- 
tem which has never been applied to the fire-alarm telegraph, 
until at least a series of experiments are made, and its prac- 
ticability absolutely tested. 

The Board has under consideration this matter through an 
order from the Board of Aldermen. The cost of the pro- 
posed change, if deemed advisable, will involve a large expen- 
diture, Avhich might be lessened if done in connection with 
telegraph or telephone companies. If any organized com- 
pany hereafter obtain permission to lay wires underground 
or by an overground system, the city should exact for the 
privilege the right to lay its wires without fee, or for a small 
sum. Several companies are on the eve of organization, and 
will ask permission to lay their patent appliances either 
under or over and along the streets of the city for the pur- 
pose of carrying telegraph and telephone wires, and this 
right of free transit should be secured to the city as one of 
the conditions of granting any license to parties who apply. 

The burning of the upper portion of the City Hall, in which 
is located the fire-alarm office, is one of the possibilities, and 
there is no structure in this city in which fire can so rapidly 



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City Document No. 59. 



travel as in this upper section of the hall. To meet this pos- 
sible danger batteries of from 60 to 90 cups each have 
been placed in East Boston, Burnt District, and South Bos- 
ton, everything being in readiness so that the alarm can be 
given in the houses on the tappers. It is intended to extend 
this system to the South End, Roxbury, and Dorchester Dis- 
tricts. In the opinion of the Board the present location of 
the fire-alarm office is a very dangerous one, and some iso- 
lated building should be selected in which to locate this 
branch of the fire service, where it will be 'less liable to ex- 
posure in case of fire, for upon it depends the prompt and 
efficient work of our whole department ; when it ceases to 
work the department becomes paralyzed. 

Appended is a comparative statement of the cost of main- 
taining the fire-alarm telegraph for the past seven years, 
since the establishment of the Board of Fire Commissioners, 
and for the seven years preceding, together with the number 
of fire-alarm boxes established each year, and the miles of 
wire maintained. 

Total number of alarms given by fire-alarm telegraph since 
its establishment : — 



1852 to 1873 inclusive 










4,593 


1874 . 




- 






417 


1875 . 










311 


1876 . 










280 


1877 . 










294 


1878 . 










335 


1879 . 










409 


1880 . 


7 • 








454 


May 1, 1881 . 










414 



Total since establishment of fire-alarm 



7,507 



Fire Commissioners' Keport. 



xiii 



Cost. 

Fire Alarm Department. 



Tears. 


No. of 
Men. 


No. of 

fire-boxes 

in use. 


Miles of 
wire oper- 
ated and 
cared for. 


Cost. 


" 1868, " 1869 

" 1870, " 1871 

" 1872, " 1873 

* " 1873, " 1874 


9 to 13 
9 to 18 
9 

10 to 17 

11 to 16 
11 to 16 
10 to 20 


84 
114 
115 
151 
157 
165 
221 


50 
60 
60 
100 
100 
100 
100 


$23,998 67 
'40,741 91 
232,837 67 
851,114 02 
42,763 89 
40,507 00 
<51,092 49 










$283,055 65 











Under a Fire Commission. 



Year. 


No. of 
Men. 


No. of 

fire-boxes 

in use. 


Miles of 
wire oper- 
ated and 
cared for. 


Cost. 


" 1875, " 1876 

1878, " 1879 

" 1879, " 1880 


11 to 12 
9 to 12 

10 
11 
10 
11 

12 to 14 


224 
235 
244 
266 
270 
277 
286 


200 
225 
250 
250 
250 
250 
250 


$28,101 16 
21,497 61 

627,272 35 
18,146 13 
17,772 41 
18,099 68 
20,604 90 










$151,494 24 











'Including $18,907 84 for Roxbury Fire Alarm. 

2 " $8,000 royalty for extension in Roxbury. 

3 " $24,893 31, for extending into Dorchester. 

4 " Bells and Clocks included. 

B " $5,000 royalty to Game well & Co. 

♦Previous to November 1, 1873, under Superintendent and Committee. Since that date under 
Fire Commission. 

Fires. 

The aggregate losses by fire during the past year, with the 
insurance on the property destroyed, were as follows : — 



On buildings 
On contents 



Loss. 

$346,748 
837,070 



Insurance. 

£3,463,217 

3,079,789 



Total 



$1,183,818 



!, 543,006 



xiv City Document No. 59. 

The largest loss by any one fire was that in the clothing 
establishment of Messrs. Whitten, Burdett & Young and 
others, $470,125, on the morning of May 6, 1880. This 
loss is more than one-third of the loss for the whole year, 
viz. : — 

Loss on building . . . . . . $21,625 

Loss on contents . . . . . . 448,500 



Total ....... $470,125 

It will be seen by the first table that the aggregate 
losses on buildings are sixty per cent, less than on the con- 
tents of the same, and that while the building loss may be 
very small, as in the case of Messrs. Whitten, Burdett & 
Young, the loss on that which the building contains may be 
very great. 

The building laws in operation for the past eight years, 
and the appointment of competent inspectors to enforce the 
same, are a great improvement on former systems, on what 
might be termed "the build-as-you-please " style of com- 
bustible architecture. By this method many blocks of houses 
in the dwelling localities of the city have been constructed, 
and in such a manner as to insure communication by fire 
from one dwelling to another in the shortest space of time. 
If the architects and builders who constructed these blocks 
designedly erected them for the purpose of rapid destruction 
by fire, they could not have succeeded better, for while they 
have provided hollow spaces behind furrings and floors and 
under roofs, by winch fire can travel from basement to attic, 
and thence, by the concealed spaces in the roof, from house to 
house in a block, they have admirably protected the fire 
from the water of the steam fire-engine. And this style of 
building is by no means confined to the poorer or middling 
class of houses in the city. It is to be found in Beacon 
street equally with the wooden blocks in East or South 
Boston. On the night of Oct. 22, 1880, a fire occurred 
in the basement kitchen of No. 188 Beacon street, and 
though a large amount of money was spent packing the 
space between the floor and the under ceiling of each story, 
yet fire worked its way behind the furring in the wall and up 
to the attic. If one story were cut off from another behind 
the furring, by the application of a little brick and mortar 
or lathing, and at small expense, the damage would have 
been nominal instead of $6,421. 

Since the great fire in 1872 all the buildings in the burnt 
district have been built, and though they have not all the defects 



Fiee Commissioners' Refort. xv 

mentioned, they have others that are equally disastrous in 
case of fire, and which are beyond the reach of building laws, 
but which owners and architects can remedy, if they will, 
and at very little cost. The bulk of our fire loss is in the 
business section of the city, and is occasioned by defects in 
the internal construction of the buildings, by which fire and 
smoke can communicate from the first to the sixth story 
through every floor, and occasion a loss of hundreds of 
thousands on the contents, though the loss on the building 
itself may be very small. In many of the large buildings in the 
"burnt district" there are as many kinds of business car- 
ried on as there are stories in the building, each story being 
under the control of a different occupant. These floors, 
instead of being separated from each other as much as pos- 
sible, are usually connected by elevator shafts, without 
automatic hatches or other appliances to cut off* communica- 
tion, and by wooden stairways and glass doors and windows 
at the head of each stairway, all excellent conductors of flame 
and smoke, and calculated to produce the largest amount of 
loss in case of fire. A little additional expense, the use of 
a little more sheet-tin around elevators and doors, — the 
expense a mere trifle, — would save thousands yearly in this 
city and State. The estimated losses by fire in the whole 
State during the past year aggregate $4,454,221, and one 
quarter of the above loss occurred in this city. In no other 
part of the civilized world is so much of the capital of 
the country destroyed through fire as in the United States, 
the amount averaging each year $75,000,000 ; and all this, 
notwithstanding the fact that in no countries are its large 
cities so well supplied with fire apparatus, men, and water- 
hydrants, to fight fire, as in the United States. If Boston, 
New York, or Chicago, had only the facilities which the large 
cities of London or Paris have to combat fire, the loss here 
would be enormous. The difference in loss is due to the 
methods of building in vogue here and in European cities. 
Carelessness in construction, carelessness in the supervision 
of goods stored in buildings, and over-insurance, are the 
fruitful seeds of large conflagrations. 

Of the whole number of fires during the year in this State 40 
per cent, are reported as incendiary or unknown. This city 
during the past year has been visited by many serious incen- 
diary fires, especially in lumber-yards, and all efforts to de- 
tect the perpetrators have thus far proved unavailing. Many of 
these fires have been discovered in season, and before much 
damage was done, the places selected being stores in " the 
burnt district." Broken panes in basement windows, in our 
large warehouses, afford ample facilities for the incendiary to 



xvi City Document No. 59. 

perform his work ; and owners or occupants should see that 
these basement windows are in good condition, especially 
during the night. If every fire in this city could be investi- 
gated by some person authorized to act, and empowered to 
send for persons and papers, and take evidence in the nature 
of a fire inquest when necessary ; if the result of those in- 
quests was published, and the origin, cause, and course of 
each fire given to the public, the official exposure of these 
faulty methods of construction, which make fires so disastrous, 
would bring about a reform in the building of warehouses, 
dwellings, etc., in the city, more effectually than even the 
building laws, because it would tend to remedy through 
public opinion that which the building laws cannot reach. 
Last year the City Council petitioned for authority to create 
the office of Fire Marshal, whose duty it should be to make 
investigation as to the origin of all fires in this city ; but the 
act failed, principally because of a disagreement between the 
representatives of the insurance companies and the city as to 
how this officer should be paid, whether by the city or the 
insurance companies. A more expeditious method than the 
roundabout way now prescribed by statute for a fire inquest 
is necessary. 

Appended are given the losses and insurances on property, 
with the number of fire alarms since the year 1829, covering 
a period of fifty-one years. In this connection it is proper 
to state that the only correct report of the losses by fire in 
the subjoined table is that given since the establishment of the 
Board of Fire Commissioners. The reports of losses preced- 
ing the years 1873-4 are but approximate, and fall far short 
of the actual loss sustained. In many cases of fire, where 
second and third alarms were given, no return of loss appears 
in the reports, and few losses under the head of still alarms. 
Since the establishment of this Commission the loss by every 
fire, with the insurance on the same, is obtained as accurately 
as possible. The department responded to a larger number 
of fires during the past year than any preceding year, the 
number being 731. 

The difference between the losses and the amount of 
insurance on property during the past seven years as com- 
pared with the preceding years is noticeable ; in nearly all 
cases the insurance reported being less than the aniouut of 
property destroyed. 



Fire Commissioners' Eeport. 



xvii 



Recapitulation of the Number of Alarms of Fire, and the 
Losses and Insurance on the same, from 



Sept. 1, 1829, to Aug. 31, 1830 

1830, " 1831 

1831, " 1832 

1832, " 1833 

1833, " 1834 

1834, " 1835 

1836, " 1837 

1837, " 1838 

1838, " 1839 

1839, " 1840 

1840, " 1841 

1841, " 1842 

1842, " 1843 

1843, " 1844 

1844, " 1845 

1845, « 1846 

1846, " 1847 

1847, " 1848 

1848, « 1849 

1849, " 1850 

1850, " 1851 

1851, " 1852 

1852, " 1853 

1853, " 1854 

1854, " 1855 

1855, " 1856 

1856, " 1857 

1857, " 1858 

1858, " 1859 

1859, " 1860 

1860, " 1861 

1861, " 1862 

1862, " 1863 

1863, " 1864 

1864, " 1865 

1865, " 1866 



110 
62 
89 
159 
130 
109 
159 
105 
96 
113 
140 
194 
232 
267 
223 
289 
270 
282 
339 
240 
333 
169 
205 
195 
174 
167 
164 
161 
166 
194 
172 
172 
141 
188 
131 
221 



Losses. 



$118,540 
23,620 
68,195 
74,613 
69,405 
107,440 
130,295 
32,118 
140,004 
77,973 
102,975 
102,118 
128,666 
164,083 
234,591 
226,338 
172,993 
222,273 
300,525 
123,660 
386,107 
492,849 
515,167 
150,772 
537,604 
409,353 
258,231 
390,657 
761,370 
521,383 
617,213 
1,107,569 
367,429 
858,381 
559,749 
681,554 



Insurance. 



$52,750 

4,320 

40,975 

25,713 

37,925 

45,970 

55,125 

20,238 

61,191 

58,632 

36,920 

44,533 

90,086 

95,252 

169,440 

155,205 

87,159 

162,085 

216,992 

76,197 

192,937 

215,315 

295,056 

106,880 

361,047 

287,832 

233,787 

316,207 

646,210 

471,853 

405,928 

806,433 

120,909 

493,369 

318,067 

474,171 



Population. 



61,392 



78,603 



85,000 



114,366 



138,788 



160,508 



177,902 



192,324 



XVIII 



City Document No. 59. 

Recapitulation. — Concluded. 





Alarms. 


Losses. 


Insurance. 


Population. 


Total 


64 
284 
293 
385 
497 
549 
640 
620 
291 
702 
483 
509 
514 
563 
571 
731 

14,657 


408,560 
402,115 
401,106 
437,723 
855,571 
704,329 
11,516,549 

2,680,953 
941,483 

1,228,403 
541,272 
481,354 
516,009 
403,451 

1,260,490 

1,183,818 

25,901,061 


382,700 

340,765 

314,706 

335,975 

786,463 

534.991 

1,298,983 

2,010,633 

1,607,782 

3,677,008 

3,076,483 

2,827,528 

3.803,910 

3,591,948 

4,602,591 

6,543,006 

43,098,231 


250,750 

342,000 
362,000 

















Total number of actual fires . . . . . 670 

Confined to one building . . . . . 537 

Extended to others . . ... . 36 

Wharves, vessels, grass, etc. .... 97 

Buildings. 

Slightly damaged . . . . . . . 318 

Considerably damaged . . . . . . 104 

Totally destroyed .32 

1 The losses and insurance of the great Are of the 9th of November, 1872, are not included 
in the above table. The amount of property destroyed can be set down at $75,000,000 ; the 
area, 65 acres ; buildings destroyed, 776, of which 709 were brick and stone and 67 wood. 

The average loss of property per year in this city during the last fifty years, including the 
fire of 1872, amounts to $1,994,344.00. 

Number of alarms during the year for fires 414 

" false 17 

" " " needless 43 

Fires extinguished without alarm 257 

Total 731 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 



xix 



Comparative Cost without and with Water and Hydrant 

Account. 





Fire De- 
partment. 


F. Alarm 

Bells and 

Clocks. 


Engine- 
houses. 


Total. 


Water 
and Hy- 
drants. 


Total. 


Alarms. 


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11871-2 
1872-3 

1873-4 


$339,519 63 
530,928 90 
510,529 29 


$42 763 89 
40,507 50 
51,092 49 


$26,829 98 
16,024 35 
28,778 37 


$409,113 50 
587,460 25 
590,400 13 


$59,730 
74,382 
81,111 


$468,843 50 
661,842 25 
671,511 13 


361 

389 
434 


188 
251 
246 


549 
640 

680 



21874-5 
1875-6 
1876-7 
1877-8 
1878-9 
1879-80 
1880-81 



503,431 63 


460,295 49 


443,514 04 


427,726 40 


419,933 32 


418,034 65 


444,654 21 



35,258 25 


24,698 39 


30,267 97 


20,627 38 


19,427 11 


18,959 33 


22,527 59 



14,099 25 


6,668 43 


3,950 81 


4,200 59 


4,793 74 


3,550 78 


3,638 97 



548,155 41 


95,232 


491,662 31 


103,980 


477,732 82 


116,550 


452,554 37 


120,930 


444,154 17 


124,230 


440,544 76 


126,900 


470,820 77 


128,940 



643,387 41 


458 


244 


595,642 31 


343 


140 


594,282 82 


302 


207 


573,484 37 


329 


185 


568,384 17 


366 


197 


567,444 76 


377 


194 


599,760 77 


474 


257 



702 
483 
509 
514 
563 
571 
731 



1 Before annexation of Charlestown and "West Roxbury, and under charge of a Committee 
on Fire Department. 

2 After annexation of Charlestown and West Roxbury, and under charge of the Board of 
Fire Commissioners. 



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XXVIII 



City Document No. 59. 



Table No. 8. 



Shoiving the different Causes of Fires and Alarms, from 
May 1, 1880, to April 30, 1881. 



Alarms, accidental, automatic . 

" needless 

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" out-of-town fires 
Ashes, hot, in wooden receptacle 
Boiling over of oil . 

" " " wax 

" " " tar . 

" " " fat . 
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" " " pitch 
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Chimneys, burning of soot in . 
Careless use of lamps, etc. 
" " " fire . 
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" — smoking 
' ' — clothes too near stove 
< ' — cigars in " sawdust spittoons 
Defective flue . 
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" fireplace . 
" grate 
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Exhibition alarm 
Explosion of chemicals . 
Fireworks . 
Friction of machinery 
Gas, explosion of . 
" ignition of leaky pipe 
" jet setting fire to curtain 
Hot iron in contact with wood-work 
Incendiary 

' ' supposed 
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Kerosene lamp, breaking of 
" " upsetting of 



Fire Commissioners' Report. 



XXIX 



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4 


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1 


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1 


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2 


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2 


Matches and rats 










4 


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20 


" children playing with 










59 


Overheated range . 










2 


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11 


" furnace . 












12 


' < steam pipe 












1 


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3 


Rags, in chimney-hole 












1 


Rubbish in furnace-pipe 












2 


Ruins rekindling 












7 


Spontaneous combustion 












23 


Steam mistaken for fire 












3 


Smoke " " " 












13 


Stove, hot coals from 












1 


Sparks from furnace 












16 


" " engine 












4 


" " locomotive 












8 


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2 


" " chimney 












18 


Unknown 












. 112 


Wood-work too near chimney . 










1 


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2 



Total 



731 



Deaths, Discharges, and Appointments. 

During the past year one death has occurred among the 
members of the permanent force and two in the call force. 
The deaths, discharges, and appointments are as follows : — 

Deaths. 

Wm. E. Hammett, Eng. Co. No. 12, Nov. 13, 1880. 
Dennis Ring, Eng. Co. No. 29, Feb. 25, 1881. 
Thomas J. Tobey, 1 Fire Boat, April 15, 1881. 

'Hoseman Tobey, of the Fire-Boat Flanders, was killed while on duty. On return- 
ing from an alarm of fire from box 176, early on the morning of April 15, and while 
the boat was passing through the draw of Meridian-street bridge, the tide being 
high, Hoseman Tobey was crushed between the boat-house and the draw, receiving 
severe internal injuries, which resulted in his death about 4 P.M. the same day. 
Hoseman Tobey was a member of the department 7i years, and was a faithful and 
brave fireman. 



xxx City Document No. 59. 

Discharges and Dismissals. 



Honorably discharged — Permanent force . 


9 




" " Call force . 


• . 16 






— 


25 


Dismissals for cause — Permanent force 


8 




" " • Call force 


7 






— 


15 



Total discharges and dismissals ... 40 

Appointments . 

Appointments — Permanent force .• . . . 22 

" Call force . . . . .41 
Of the appointments in the Permanent force 6 were trans- 
fers from the Call force. 

Transfers. 

Transfers — Permanent force . . . . .33 

Call force 2 

" from Call to Permanent force . . 6 

Promotion. 

Promotions — Permanent force . . . . .16 

" Call force .3 



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Pensions of Disabled Firemen. 

This Board would again call the attention of the City 
Council to the necessity for setting apart some amount to help 
pension disabled and aged firemen. Last year the Legislature 
passed an act enabling the city to pension disabled firemen, 
or the widows and children of men killed in the discharge of 
their duty. The Mayor and Board of Fire Commissioners 
have also been made a body corporate to receive moneys, Qtc, 
in trust, for the purpose of aiding firemen or their families re- 
ceiving assistance. This corporation has already entrusted 
to it the sum of $17,958, of which $16,000 are invested in 
bonds of the City of Boston. During the past year the sum 
of $3,482.27 has been distributed among our sick firemen tem- 
porarily incapacitated from performing duty. This money 
has been principally obtained from the proceeds of the Fire- 
men's Annual Ball, though several generous donations have 
been received ; among them, $500 each from Messrs. Whitten, 
Burdett & Young, the Misses Wigglesworth, and the firm of 
Nash, Spaulding & Co. 

Police. 

At all our large fires the police are invaluable in aiding 
this department by their promptness and efficiency in keeping 
the streets clear in the vicinity of fires, and thus enabling the 
Fire Department to work without obstruction. 

Protective Department. 

The protective department is a valuable and indispensable 
corps of men, and a necessary adjunct to all fire departments,, 
especially in large cities. Their prompt work saves much 
valuable property from destruction by water. They are paid 
by the insurance companies. 

JOHN E. FITZGERALD, ) 

HENRY W. LONGLEY, iFire Commissioners. 

EDWARD A. WHITE, ) 



APPENDIX. 



APPENDIX A. 

Board of Fire Commissioners. 

One member is appointed annually in April, for a term of 
three years from the first Monday in May following. The 
nomination is made by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by 
the City Council. 
John E. Fitzgerald, Chairman, for three years from May, 

1879. Term expires May, 1882. 
Henry W. Longlky, for three years, from May, 1880. 

Term expires May, 1883. 
Edward A. White, for three years, from May, 1881. 

Term expires May, 1884. 

Salaries, $3,000 each. 

Frederick W. Smith, Jr., Clerk. Appointed by the Fire- 
Commissioners. 

Engineers. 

Chief Engineer, Win. A. Green, Head-quarters, City 
Hall. 

Assistant Engineers. 

Joseph Dunbar, Head-quarters, Engine-house 9. 
John Bartlett, " 

Wm. H. Cunningham, " 
Wm. T. Cheswell, " 



John W. Regan, 
George Brown, 
George C. Fernald, 
John Colligan, 
J. Foster Hewins, 
James Monroe, 



27. 
25. 

4. 
26. 

1. 

3. 
13. 
18. 
12. 



Brown S. Flanders, Inspector, Head-quarters, Ap- 
paratus Repair Shop. 

Call Engineers. 

Granville A. Fuller, assigned to that part of District 8 
located in Brighton. 

James F. Rogers, assigned to that part of District 10 
located in West Roxbury. 

Clerks. 
B. F. Underhill, Jr., David L. Adamson. 



Citt Document No. 59. 



Force. 

The force, as now organized, consists of 643 members, 
viz. : — 



Commissioners 
Clerks . 



Head-quarters. 



Engineers. 



Chief Engineer 

Permanent Assistant Engineers 

Call 



1 

10 

2 



13 



Permanent Force. 



j? oremen 

1 Assistant Foremen 










— 


Enginemen .' . 










30 


Assistant Enginemen 










25 


Hosemen 










84 


Laddermen . 










34 


Chemical Engineman 










1 


Drivers . 










48 


Hostlers 










2 


Teamster 










1 


Deck Hands — Fire Boat 








4 


Call Force. 


Foremen ....... 29 


Hosemen . 


Laddermen 


. 


. 


. 


. 


. 110 



Fire- Alarm. 

Superintendent 

Asst. Superintendent and operator 
Operators ..... 
Foreman of Construction 
Repairers and Assistants 
Battery Man .... 



— 251 



— 349 



1 
1 
3 
1 

5 
1 
— 12 



1 By rule of the Board one of the Hosemen or Laddermen will be designated Assist- 
ant Foreman without additional compensation. 



Appendix. 



Repair-Shop Employes. 

Foreman apparatus repairs . 

Foreman hose and harness repairs 

Machinists 

Painter 

Blacksmiths 

Blacksmith helpers 

Wheelwright 

Clerk 



12 
643 



Grand Total • . . . 

Pay-Roll of the Fire Department, 

As established by the Board. 

Chief Engineer ..... $3,000 per annum 



Sup't of Fire Alarms 




. , 


. 


2,300 


s t 


Assistant Engineers 




. 


. 


1,600 


Assistant ' ' call 


. 


• 


300 


Permanent Force. 




Foremen 




at the rate of $1,250 per annum. 


Assistant Foremen 




a 


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a 


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i 


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Assistant Engineman . 




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Permanent Foremen . 




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City Document No. 59. 



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Permanent Foreman . 


at the 


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Brighton District. 



Permanent Foreman* . 

Engineman 

Driver in cjiarge Chemical 

Engine 
Driver 

Call Foreman 
Hosemen 
Laddermen . 



at the rate of 



1,000 per annum. 
1,200 



1,000 

1 ,000 

125 

75 

75 



Fire Districts. 

The city is divided into Ten Fire Districts, as follows : — 

District 1. — Comprises all that part of Boston known as 
East Boston. 

District 2. — All that part of Boston formerly known as 
Charles town. 

District 3. — All that part east of a line beginning at the 
Charles^iver drawbridge, and running 
through the centre of Charlestown street, 
Haymarket square, and Washington to Sum- 
mer street, and north of Summer street 
and the N.Y. and N.E. R.R. passenger 
depot to the water. 

District 4. — All that part west of District 3, and north of 
a line running through the centre of Winter 
and Park streets, and west of Beacon, to 
Otter and north of Otter street to the 
water. 

District 5 . — All that part south of Districts 3 and 4 to the 
centre of Dover-street drawbridge, and a 
line running through the centre of Dover, 
Berkeley, Boylston, Arlington, Beacon, and 
Otter street to the water. 



Appendix. 5 

District 6. — All that part of -Boston known as South 
Boston. 

District 7. — All that part of Boston south of District 5, 
to the centre of Albany-street drawbridge ; 
thence through the centre of Albany, 
Northampton street, Columbus avenue, and 
Chester Park, to Charles river. 

District 8. — All that part south and west of District 7, 
to the boundary line of West Roxbury, 
and West of Washington street to the 
Brookline boundary line, and including all 
of Ward 25, formerly Brighton. 

District 9. — All that part south of Districts 6 and 7, to 
West Roxbury line, running through the 
centre of Blue Hill avenue, Columbia, 
Green, Bowdoin, Church, and Commercial 
streets, to Dorchester avenue, thence due 
east to the water. 

District 10. — All the southerly part of Boston south of 
Districts 8 and 9, including West Rox- 
bury. 

Assignment of Districts. 

Each district is placed under the charge of an Assistant 
Engineer, as follows : — 



District. 



Engineer in Command. 



Joseph Dunbar 
John Bartlett . 
Wni. H. Cunningh 
Wm. T. Chcswell 
John W. Regan . 
George Brown . 
George C. Fernald 
John Colligan . . 
James Munroe . . 
J. Foster He-wins 



Companies in District. 



Engines. 



5, *9, 11 

*27 

8, *25, F.B 

*4, 6, 10 

7,*26 

*1, 2, 15 

*3, 22, 23 

*13, 14, 29 

*12, 17, 21, 24 

16, *18, 19, 20, 28 



Chem. 
Engines. 


Hook and 
Ladder. 




2 




9 




8 


1 


1 


2 






5 




3 Aerial 


3,6 


11,12 


5 


4,7 


4,7 


6,10 



1, 2, 3, 4 



9, 10, 12 
5 

7 



* Head-quarters of District Engineer. 

The Assistant Engineers of the several Fire Districts in 



6 



City Document No. 59. 



the city will respond to alarms out of their own district, as 
follows : — 



The Engineer of ) 

District No. 1. ) 

District No. 2. — 

District No. 3. — 

District No. 4. — 

District No. 5. — 

District No. 6. — 

District No. 7. — 



To second alarms in Nos. 3 and 4. 

To third alarms in No. 5. 

To second alarms in Nos. 3 and 4. 

To third alarms in No. 5. 

To first alarms in Nos. 4, 5, and to East 
Boston Ferry for No. 1. 

To first alarms "in Nos. 2, 3, 5, and that 
part of No. 7 west of Columbus 
avenue. 

To third alarms in No. 7. 

To first alarms in Nos. 3, 4, 6, and 7. 

To third alarms in Nos. 1 and 2. 

To first alarms in No. 6, and all that 
part of Nos. 5 and 7 east of Wash- 
ington street. 

To third alarms in Nos. 5, 7, and 9. 

To first alarms in Nos. 5,6, and in Nos. 
8 and 9 north of Dudley and Stough- 
ton streets. 

To second alarms in Nos. 8 and 9, and 
parts of Nos. 3 and 4 south of State, 
Court, and Cambridge streets. 

To third alarms in Nos. 3, 4, 8, and 9. 

To first alarms in Nos. 7, 9, and Jamaica 
Plain. 

To second alarms in No. 

To third alarms in Nos. 

To first alarms in Nos. 7,8, and Dor- 
chester. 

To second alarms in Nos. 

To first alarms in Nos. 9 and 10. 

To second alarms in No. 6, and that part 
of No. 8 east of the Providence Rail- 
road . 

To third alarms in all of No. 8. 



No piece of apparatus belonging to the department will 
be allowed out of the city without the authority of the Chief 
or an Assistant Engineer. 

Engines Nos. 4, 9, 25, and 26 are never to be sent out of 
the city. 

Engine No. 5 is never to cross the ferry, unless specially 
sent for. 



District No. 8. — 

District No. 9. — 
District No. 10. — 



10. 

5 and 6. 

7, 8, and 


, 6 


and 10. 



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Pungs. 



There are 40 pungs in use by the department, — 36 for 
carrying hose, 2 for jobbing, and 2 for Fire-Alarm Depart- 
ment. 

The Engines, Hose, Hats, Axes, Ladders, and all the 
other apparatus used by the Fire Department, are owned by 
the city, and are under the care and control of the Board of 
Fire Commissioners. 

Coal Houses. 

No. 1 is located on Salem street. This house is in good 
repair, and supplies for the north and west sections of the 
city are taken from it in case of a large fire. 

No. 2 is located in Hose-house No. 3, Charlestown. 

No. 3 is located on Orleans street, East Boston. From 
this house, in case of fire, supplies are taken for the East 
Boston Department. 

No. 4. Coal depot at 18 and 20 Mt. Washington ave. 

Supply Wagons. 

No 1. Kept at Engine-house No. 26, Mason street; used 
as a coal wagon. 

No. 2. Kept at house of H. & L. Co. No. 3, Harrison 
avenue, corner of Bristol street. 

No. 3. In reserve. Kept at house of Engine Co. No. 22, 
Dartmouth street ; used as a coal wagon. 

No. 4. Concord wagon at Hose-house No. 3. 

No. 17. Kept at Hose-house No. 8. 

Hay caravan, kept at Hose-house No. 8. 

Spare Apparatus. • 

One hose carriage at the Apparatus Repair Shop, on Har- 
rison avenue, with 300 feet of hose. 

One hose carriage with 400 feet of 21-inch hose, in build- 
ing on Nawn street, owned by Owen Nawn. 

One hose carriage, with 650 feet of 21-inch hose, Engine- 
house No 25, Fort Hill square ; to be used in case of large 
fires. 

Deer Island. One hand engine, with two hose carriages 
and 700 feet of rubber and cotton hose, belonging to the 
Fire Department and stored here, to be used by the con- 
victs, if required. 

At each of the above places are the needful wrenches, 
goosenecks, and pipes to be used with the hose. 

Steam Fire Engines, known as Relief A, B, and C (for- 
merly Engine No. 25). 

Hose carriages, known as Relief A, B, C, and D. 



14 



City Document No. 59. 



Hydrants. 

During the year 160 Hydrants have been established and 
87 abandoned, as follows : — 







Established. 


Abandoned. 




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160 


46 


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Boston Proper . 
South Boston . . , 
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Charlestown . . 

Totals . . . 



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Boston. 
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Boston. 


Pos.t. 


17 




448 


813 


21 


10 


1 


130 


344 


8 


2 




99 


183 


10 


4 




649 


119 


29 


17 




560 


61 


61 


13 




89 


37 


197 


1 




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22 


129 
16 






169 


24 


43 


64 


1 


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1,608 


514 



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294 
801 
699 
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210 
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263 



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Appendix. 



15 



FIRE RESERVOIRS. 

Where Water can be obtained in case of Fire within the City of Boston, 

May 1, 1881. 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 


Filled by 


Remarks. 












2 


Anderson street, opposite Phillips 


300 to 400 




Cover in street. 


3 


Blossom, cor. McLean street .... 


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4 




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5 


Bowdoin square, opposite Bulfinch 




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300 to 400 


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11 




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Cover in Hancock st. 


12 


Chambers, cor. Poplar street .... 


" 


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13 






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15 


Chestnut, cor. Walnut street .... 


300 to 400 


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Cover in Walnut st. 


16 






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17 


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19 




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20 


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24 


West Canton street, opposite No. 89 . 


60 to 70 






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26 


West Dedham street, opposite 67 . . 


60 to 70 


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27 


East street, opposite the School-house 




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28 


Edinboro', near Essex street .... 


60 to 70 


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29 




300 to 400 


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31 


Franklin, cor. of Hawley street . . . 


60 to 70 





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City Document No. 59. 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
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Remarks. 


32 


Franklin, cor. of Devonshire street . 


200 to 400 


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33 
34 










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300 to 400 






35 
36 


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300 to 400 




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37 


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38 


Hanover street, front of Station-house 


300 to 400 


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39 






40 




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41 


Hawkins street, front of old Mayhew 




42 


Hudson, cor. of Ivneeland street . . . 


60 to 70 




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43 
44 










Harrison avenue, cor. of Ivneeland 


60 to 70 




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45 


Harrison avenue, cor. of Bennet st. . 


" 




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46 


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47 


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48 


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49 


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300 to 400 


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50 


Leverett, opposite Spring street . . . 


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51 


Lancaster, cor. of Merrimac street . . 


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52 


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53 


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54 




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55 
56 




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57 


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58 
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60 


Salem street, in front^of Christ Church 


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61 


Shawmut ave., cor. of Canton street . 


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62 
63 










Summer street, opposite 115 .... 


300 to 400 


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17 



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Location. 


Capacity. 
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Filled by 


Remarks. 


64 


State street, opp. Traveller building . 


300 to 400 


4-inch pipe. 


Iron cover. 


65 
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300 to 400 


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67 


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" 


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68 


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71 


Tremont street, at entrance to Pem- 


72 






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73 




300 to 400 




74 


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75 
76 






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77 




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78 
79 












300 to 400 


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80 


Washington, cor. of Milk street . . . 


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81 






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82 


Washington street, cor. Avon place . 


300 to 400 


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83 


Washington st., opp. Boston Theatre 




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84 


Washington, opp. Common street . . 


300 to 400 




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85 






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87 


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300 to 400 


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88 










89 


Washington street, front of Old 


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90 


Washington street, opposite South 






Wooden cover. 


91 


Washington, near cor. Union Park 


300 to 400 


« 




9fl 




Iron cover. 


93 


Washington, cor. Northampton street 




■' 




94 


Washington street, opposite Metro- 




(< 




95 




300 to 400 


« 


„ ,, 



18 



City Document No. 59. 
Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 



97 



101 

102 
103 
104 
105 

106 
107 
108 
109 
110 
111 
112 
113 

114 
115 

116 

117 
118 
119 
120 
121 
122 
123 

124 

125 
126 



Location. 



SOUTH BOSTON. 

Broadway, near Dorchester avenue . 

A street, opposite church, near 
Broadway 



Broadway, opposite No. 136, nr. B. st. 

Broadway, opposite Baptist church . 

Broadway, opposite Hawes School- 
house 



Broadway, opposite the gate of No. 
579 



B, cor. Fourth street . . , 
C street, opposite Bolton 
D street, near Broadway 



Broadway, opposite No. 483, near 
Dorchester street 



E street, opposite No. 331 . . . 

E, cor. Baxter street 

Fourth, cor. Dorchester avenue 

Fourth, cor. E. street 

Fourth, cor. Dorchester street 
Fifth, cor. Dorchester avenue . 

Emerson street 

Second, near Dorchester street 

EAST BOSTON. 
Cottage, near Sumner street . . 



Central square, near cor. of Benning- 
ton and Porter streets 



Chelsea, nearly opposite Decatur 
street 



Lexington street, opp. Nos. 54 and 56 

Liverpool, cor. Maverick 

Maverick sq., opp. Plummer's store . 
Meridian st., opp. the Public Library 
Meridian street, opp. Nos. 243 and 245 
Monmouth, near cor. of Marion st. . 



Saratoga street — cover 24 feet, opp. 
Nos. 27 and 29 



Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 



300 to 400 



Sumner street, opp. No. 412 . 
Trenton street, opp. No. 86 . 
Webster street, opp. No. 126 



Filled by. 



4-inch pipe. 



Cover opposite the 
church. 



Cover on sidewalk. 



On sidewalk, side 
' church. 



Iron cover. 



Appendix. 



19 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 


Filled by 


Remarks. 




ROXBURY DISTRICT. 








127 


Albany street, opp. No. 828 ..... 


200 to 300 


4-inch pipe. 




128 


Adams, cor. of Dudley street .... 


.< 




" 




129 


Cedar street, near Lambert avenue . 


" 




" 




130 


Centre, cor. of Gardner street .... 


.i 




" 




131 


Dudley, cor of Kenilworth street . . 


" 




" 


Cover on sidewalk. 


132 




a 




" 




133 


Dudley, cor. of Greenville street . . 


" 








134 


Dudley, cor. of Hampden street . . . 


" 




" 




135 




" 






j Cover opposite the 






\ fountain. 


136 


Ellis, cor. of Hawthorne street . . . . 


" ' 








137 


Forest street, opp. No. 36 


" 




" 




138 


Greenville, cor. of Winthrop street . 


300 to 400 


" 




139 


Hampden street, opp. Norfolk ave. . 


" 


" 




140 


Highland, cor. of Cedar street .... 


700 






141 


Heath street, cor. of Heath place . . 


600 to 700 


" 




142 


King street, opp. No. 15 


200 to 300 






143 


Mt. Pleasant avenue, opp. No. 49 . . 


" 






144 


Millmont street, opp. No. 20 


" 


« 




145 


Norfolk street, opp. No. 30 


" 


" 




146 


Oakland, cor. of Thornton street . . 


" 


" 


, 


147 


Parker, cor. of Alleghany street . . . 


400 to 500 


" 




148 


Regent, near St. James street .... 


200 to 300 




Cover in square. 


149 




200 to 300 


" 




150 


Ruggles street, opp. Lingham's store 


600 to 700 


" 




151 


Smith street, opp. No. 19 


300 to 400 


" 


1 


152 




400 to 500 






153 


Washington street, opposite Willow 


600 to 700 


Spring. 




154 


Washington, cor. Bartlett street . . . 


300 to 400 




155 


Vernon, cor. of Auburn street . . . . 


200 to 300 


4-inch pipe. 




156 


Vernon, cor. of Belmont street . . . 


800 to 900 


" 




157 


Warren, near Washington street . . 


400 to 500 


'• 




158 


Warren street, junction of Walnut 


200 to 300 






159 


Warren, cor. Waverley street .... 


400 to 500 


" 




160 


Warren street, junction of Blue Hill 


600 to 7C 







i 
1 



20 



City Document No. 59. 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 


Pilled by 


Remarks. 


161 


Washington, cor. Eustis street . . . 


200 to 300 






162 


Washington, opposite Zeigler street . 


400 to 500 


4-inch pipe. 




163 


Roxhury, junction Linden park . . . 


200 to 300 


" 




164 


Walnut avenue, opposite No. 92 . . . 


400 to 500 


" 




165 


Winthrop street, cor. Blue Hill ave. . 


700 


" 




166 


Winslow, cor. of Taber street . . . 


600 to 700 


Spring. 




167 


Yeoman, cor. Chadwick street . . . 
DORCHESTER DISTRICT. 


200 to 300 


4-inch pipe. 




168 


Adams, cor. of Hancock street . . . 


" 


Spring. 




169 


Boston, cor. of Cottage street .... 


500 to 600 


4-inch pipe. 


Iron cover. 


170 


Dorchester avenue, cor. of Adams st. 


" 


" 




171 


Everett, cor. of Elm street, — Harri- 


it i< 






172 


Meeting-house Hill, opposite Engine- 


100 to 200 
500 to 600 


Spring. 




173 


Narragansett, near Minot street . . . 


<< tt 


174 


Richmond, near Washington street . 


" 






175 


Sumner, cor. of Stoughton street . . 


" 


4- inch pipe. 




176 


Walnut street, opposite Post-office . 


" 


Spring. 




177 


Washington, cor. Bowdoin street . . 


700 to 800 




" " 


178 


Washington St., opposite Gleason's 
factory 

CHARLESTOWN DISTRICT. 


200 to 300 
(Galls.) 






179 


At the Neck, near Albee's store . . . 


50,000 


Spring. 


Large. 


180 


Austin street, near head of First . . 


27,000 


Rain. 


Outlets from street. 


181 


Austin street, junction of Lawrence . 


28,000 


Church. 


Water from roof. 


182 


Junction of Bartlett and Green sts. . 


25,000 


Rain. 


Outlets from street. 


183 


Bunker Hill street, between Linden 


27,000 
27,000 


Hydrant. 
Rain. 




184 


Bunker Hill street, near gun-house . 


„ „ „ 


185 


Cor. of Bunker Hill and Elm streets . 


28,000 


" 


" " " 


186 


Cor. of Bunker Hill and Cook streets 


25,000 


" 


" " " 


187 


Cor. of Bunker Hill and Decatur sts. 


25,000 


" 


" " " 


188 


Bow street, opposite Richmond . . . 


27,000 


Epis. Church. 


Water from roof. 


189 


Cor. Bainbridge and Moulton sts. . . 


27,000 


Spring. 




190 


Common street, south-east corner of 


25,000 
30,000 


Rain. 


« « it 


191 


City square, near Bunker Hill Bank 




,t « tt 


192 


Chestnut street, opposite No. 44 . . . 


26,000 


" 


tt tt tt 



Appendix. 
Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 



21 



No. 


Location. 


Capacity. 
(Galls.) 


Filled by 


Remarks. 


193 


Concord street, 150 feet from Bunker 


15,000 

28,000 
25,000 
26,000 


Spring. 




194 


Ferrin street, 100 feet from Bunker 




195 








196 


Junction of Henley and Warren sts. 


Spring. 




197 


Junction of Henley and Chelsea sts. 


27,000 


" 




198 




27,000 


Houses. 


"' " " 


199 


High street, head of Pleasant .... 


27,000 


Church. 





200 


Head of Thorndike street, near Main 


10,000 


Spring. 




201 


Junction of Main, Bunker Hill, and 


60,000 


(< 




202 


Cor. of Lexington and Tremont sts. 


27,000 


« 




203 




20,000 


" 




204 


Main street, junction of Austin and 


35,000 
15,000 






205 


Main street, opposite Albion court . 


« 




206 


Main street, opposite Phipps street . 


25,000 


Rain. 


Outlets from street. 


207 


Main street, junction of Mill street . 


30,000 


" 


" 


208 




25,000 


Spring. 




209 


Oak street, junction of Russell . . . 


25,000 


" 




210 




25,000 


" 




211 




26,000 


" 




212 


Cor. of Summer and Elm streets . . 


25,000 


" 




213 


Union street, between Washington 


25,000 
25,000 




Water from roofs. 


214 


Walker street, junction of Bartlett . 


Spring. 


215 


Warren street, near Monument ave. 


25,000 


" 




216 


Cor. of Chelsea st. and Henley place . 


25,000 


Spring & well. 





.22 



City Document No. 59. 



Fire Reservoirs. — Continued. 
List of Reservoirs and Wells established in West Roxbury District. 



No. 


Location. 


Reservoirs. 


Depth. 


Capacity. 
(Galls.) 


217 


Hyde's Corner, corner Perkins and 


Reservoir. 


9 feet. 
Ill" 


18,000 


218 


Centre street, opp. Mr. Emerson's . . 


23,000 


219 


Corner of Centre and Green streets . 


" 


16 " 


32,000 


220 




Well. 


16 " 




221 


On Borroughs street, corner of Brew- 




19 " 

22i" 

9 " 




222 


On Burroughs street, opposite school- 




223 


On Chestnut street, opposite William 


16,000 


224 


On Lamartine street, opposite James 




11 " 


22,000 


225 




« 


11 " 


22,000 


226 


Corner of Harris and Seaverns ave. . 


« 


11 " 


22,000 


227 


Corner of Walnut and School streets . 


" 


10 " 


20,000 


228 


West Roxbury, near Post Office, 


" 


10 " 
10 " 
10 " 


20,000 


229 


Corner of School and Washington 


25,000 


230 


Corner Chestnut street and Spring 


25,000 


231 


Corner Centre and Orchard streets . 


Well. 


22 " 




232 


Corner South and Poplar streets . . 


Reservoir. 


10 " 


25,000 


233 


Corner Centre and Lagrange streets . 


" 


10 " 




234 


Mt. Vernon, near Centre street . . . 


" 


14 " 




235 




Well. 


10 " 







BRIGHTON DISTRICT. 




Location.,. 


Capacity. 
(Hhds.) 


Remarks. 


236 




250 
200 
200 


Self-supplied from pond. 


237 




Supplied from Union Hall. 






Supplied from school-house. 







FIRES AND ALARMS 



MAT FT, 1880, TO APRIL 30™, 1881. 



MAY. 

Saturday, 1st, 10-28 P.M. Still. 
No. 10 Kochestee st. 3 stories ; brick ; 20 X 36 ; owned by M. H. 
McLaughlin ; loss, $12; insurance, S3, 500; occupied by E. "Walsh et als., 
tenements; loss, $35; originated on 3d floor ; cause, careless use of candle ; 
force under command of Ladderman Wilson ; companies present, Engine 
No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder No. 3 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 2d, 6-46 P.M. Box 81. 

No. 432 Columbus ate. 4£ stories ; brick ; 25 X 60 ; owned by Geo. S. 
Mann; loss, $740; insurance, $8,000; occupied by Geo. S. Mann, dwelling; 
loss, $900; insurance, $3,000; originated on 2d floor ; extended to 1st floor ; 
cause, defective fireplace ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 22, 23 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4 ; Hose 
Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, considerable ; con- 
fined to building. 

Wednesday, 5th, 0-4 A.M. Box 7. 

No. 16 Kennard ave. 4 stories; brick; 21 X 36 ; owned by J. Tinkham; 
occupied by John McCort et als., as dwelling; originated on floor; cause, 
supposed careless use of lighted pipe ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 10 ; Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Hose No. 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 5th, 2 P.M. Still. 
No. 109 Northampton st. 2£ stories; wood; 18 X 25 ; owned by A. Eyan; 
loss, $20; occupied by Patrick Connell, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; 
cause unknown ; force under command of Foreman Hussey ; company present, 
Engine No. 23 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 6th, 7-12, 7-17h, 7-24 A.M. Box 52. 
No. 3 Winthrop sq. 5 stories ; granite ; 90 X 132 ; owned by James M. 
Beebe "heirs"; loss, $21,625; insurance, $155,000; occupied by Whitten, 
Burdett & Young, as clothiers; loss, $398,000; insurance, $560,000; Sim- 
mons, Hatch & Whitten, furnishing goods ; loss, $50,000; insurance $217,500; 
H. Lord, presser; loss, $400; D. M. Hodgen, storage; loss, $100; insurance, 
$2,000; originated on 4th floor ; extended to 5th floor and roof; cause, un- 
known; force under command of .Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 3, 8; 
Hose Nos. 3, 5, 8, 9 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, con- 
siderable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 6th, 8-19 P.M. Box 156. 

Sumner st. 1 story ; wood ; 50 X 100 ; owned by Pigeon & Sons ; occupied 
by Pigeon & Sons, as spar-shed; originated on roof; cause, sparks from chiin- 



24 City Document No. 59. 

ney ; force tinder command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, 
none; confined to building. 

Friday, 7th, 0-40 P. 31. Still. 
No. 3i Hanover st. 5 stories ; brick ; 36 X 60 ; owned by Geo. "W. Chipman ; 
occupied by Geo. W. Chipman as carpet-dealer; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, dropping match in waste paper ; force under command of Engineer 
Abbott ; companies present, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 7th, 0-54 P. 31. Box 153. 
Eastern Railroad Machine Shop. 1 story ; brick ; 70 X 90 ; owned by 
Eastern Railroad ; occupied by Eastern Railroad, as machine shop ; originated 
in cellar; cause, fire in cotton waste ; force under command of Engineer Dun- 
bar; companies present, Engine Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 
2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Friday, 8th, 7-20 P. 31. Still. 

No. 8 Gates st. 3£ stories; brick; 20 X 30 ; owned by Benj. Dean; loss, 
$25 ; insurance, $4,000; occupied by C. C. Poole, as dwelling; loss, $20, 
originated on 3d floor; cause, gas-jet igniting curtain; force under comman; 
of Engineman Ray; company present, Engine No. 1; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday 8th, 6-49 P. 31. Box 125. 
Dorchester ate. 1 story; brick; 100 X 150; owned by Naylor & Co.; 
loss, $500; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Naylor & Co., as wire mill; origi- 
nated in the roof ; cause, sparks from furnace; force under command of 
Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 1,2, 3, 15, 21; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to building, considerable ; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 8th, 7-50 P.M. 'Still. 
No. 256 Sumner st. 2£ stories; wood; 40 X 50; owned by A. S. Foss ; 
occupied by A. S. Foss et als., as blacksmith, etc. ; originated in basement; 
cause, sparks from furnace; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

3Ionday, 10th, 3-05 P. 31. Box 317. 
Bird st. 2 stories ; wood ; 24 X 36 ; owned by Virginia Cheney ; loss, 
$108; insurance, 2,000; occupied by Virginia Cheney, as dwelling; loss, $10; 
originated in basement, extended to first floor ; cause, children playing with 
matches ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 17, 18, 21, 24; Hook and Ladder No. 7; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 10th, 8-45 P. 31. Still. 
No. 8 Bulfinch st. 5£ stories; brick; 23 X 42 ; owned by J. T. Clark; 
occupied by L. E. Davis, as lodging-house; loss, $25; insurance, $1,500; 
originated on 2d floor; cause, gas-jet igniting curtain; force under command 
of Engineer Abbott; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

3tonday, 10th, 9-33 P. 31. Box 453. 
No. 540 and 542 Main st. 1 story ; wood ; 30 X 30 ; owned by V. M. 
Dunn; occupied by V. M. Dunn, as grocery; originated under building; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 
2, '3, 4; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 11th, 7-19 A.M. Box 184. 
No. 3 Saratoga pl. 3 stories ; brick ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Mrs. Hall, 
adm'x; loss, $38; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Geo. Ordway, as dwelling; 



Appendix. 25 

loss, $40; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown; force under command 
of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Tuesday, 11th, 5-30 P.M. Still. 

Walnut and Warren sts. Owned by H. Harris "heirs"; originated in a 
pile of leaves ; cause, set by boys ; force under command of Foreman Bol- 
ton; companies present, Engine No 24; Chemical Engine No. 5; confined. 

Wednesday, 12th, 9-57 A.M. Box 92. 
No. 262 Commonwealth ave. 4 stories; brick; 25 X 50; owned by L. B. 
Shapleigh ; loss, $100; insurance, $5,000; unfinished dwelling; originated on 
roof; cause, overturning lamp on tarred paper; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and 
Ladder No. 3; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 12th, 11-08 A.M. Box 176. 

Chelsea st. Brick still ; 15 X 30 ; owned by Pierce & Canterbury ; occupied 
by Pierce & Canterbury, oil-still; loss, $100; originated in still; cause, leaky 
still; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6. 

Thursday, 13th, 10 A.M. Still. 
No. 128 Ruggles st. 3 stories ; wood ; 37 X 75 ; owned by M. Fitzmor- 
ris "heirs"; unoccupied store; originated on the roof; cause, sparks from 
hoisting-engine; force under command of Foreman Freeman; company pres- 
ent, Engine No. 13 ; damage to buildi'ng. none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 14th, 0-12 A. 31. Box 71. 

Force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 
3, 7, 10, 22, 23, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose No. 5 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 2. 

Remarks. — False alarm. 

Saturday, 15th, 11-36 A.M. Box 461. 
No. 1 Sherman st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 50 ; owned by Mrs. Goodin : loss, 
$5; insurance, $400 ; occupied by Mrs. Voice, as dwelling; originated on 
roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Engineer Bart- 
lett; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose, 
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 17th, 11-25 A. 31. Still. 

No. 34 India st. 4 stories ; brick ; 24 X 75 ; owned by T. H. Bradley ; occu- 
pied by C. E. Folsom & Co., as paints' and oils ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, 
ignition of oil on stove; force under command of Foreman Frost; companies 
present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; damage to building, none; 
confined to building; needless alarm. 

Monday, 17th, 3-50 P. 31. Box 37. 
No. 31 India st. 3£ stories ; brick ; 20 X 42 ; owned by P. O. Shelton 
" heirs " ; occupied by E. O. Leach & Co., as oil store ; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, overturning lighted lamp ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, none; 
confined to building. 

3fonday, 17th, 10-27 P. 31. Still. 
No. 51 South Margin st. 3£ stories ; brick ; 22 X 33 ; owned by Charles 
Moore & Co. ; loss, $15; insurance, $4,000; occupied by D. Crowley et als., 
tenements ; loss, $25 ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, upsetting lamp ; force 
under command of Foreman Kimball; company present, Engine No. 6; 
damage, very slight ; confined to building. 



26 City Document No. 59. 

Tuesday, 18th, 2-48 A.M. Box 53. 

No. 176 Tremont st. 4 stories ; granite; 27 X 160; owned by J. P.Whittier ; 
loss, $75; insurance, $10,000 ; occupied by various parties; stores, etc.; in- 
surance, $3,500; originated on 2d floor; cause, rats and matches; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7,10, 25, 26; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 20th, 0-38 A.M. Box 136. 

First st. 1 story ; wood ; 50 X 100 ; owned by Bay State Iron Co. ; occu- 
pied by Bay State Iron Co., as rolling mill; originated on 1st floor in box of 
sawdust; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Brown ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose 
Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to building, none ; needless alarm. 

Thursday, 20th, 4-20 A.M. Still. 

No. 21 Broadway. 2£ stories; wood; 25X30; owned by William 
Eaton ; loss, $40 ; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by P. Malley, as store and 
dwelling; loss, $20; originated on 1st floor; cause, burning of soot in chimney; 
force under command of Hoseman Noonan; company present, Engine No. 
15 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 22d, 4-27 P.M. Box 213. 

Nos. 110 to 116 Hampden st., "rear." 1 story; wood; 10X27; ownedby 
Emigrant Savings Bank; loss, $100; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Manuel 
Silva, as storage; loss, $100; 2 stories; wood; 21 X 24; owned by Timothy 
Cuniff "heirs"; loss, $150; occupied by A. M. Hall, as stable; 2 stories; 
wood; 24 X 57; owned by Riddle Bros. ; loss, $30; occupied by P. Stricklen, 
as storage ; loss, $49 ; 1 story ; wood ; 30 X 33 ; owned by Andrew Magee ; loss, 
$5; occupied by Andrew Magee, wood-shed; 1 story; wood; 10 X 18 ; owned 
by Andrew Magee ; unoccupied wood-shed ; originated in wood-shed ; extended 
toother buildings ; cause, children playing with matches; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 21, 23, 24; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Hose No. 7 ; damage to buildings, 4 slight and 1 
destroyed. 

Monday, 24th, 7-05 A.M. Still. 

No. 38 Hudson st. 3£ stories; brick; 22 X 36; owned by Chas. Camp- 
bell; loss, $10; insurance, $2,500; occupied by C. Donnelly et als., as dwell- 
ings ; loss, $50 ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, children playing with matches ; 
force under command of Hoseman McCarthy ; damage to building, slight ; con- 
fined to building. 

Tuesday, 25th, 6-30 P.M. Box 249. 

No. 115 Hallock st. Originated in pile of rubbish in street; cause, chil- 
dren playing with matches; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23 ; Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; 
Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 3. 

Tuesday, 25th, 7-52 P.M. Box 121. 

No. 5 Baldwin st. l£ stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Wm. Childs ; 
loss, $35 ; occupied by Mr. Reed, as tinshop ; originated on 2d floor ; extended 
to roof; cause, sparks from furnace ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 26th, 10-35 A.M. Box 8. 

No. 6 Merrimac st. 4 stories ; wood ; 60 X 90; owned by Samuel Shaw; 
occupied by W. J. Dobinson, manf. glass globes ; loss, $50 ; insurance, 
$1,500; originated on 5th floor; cause, boiling over kettle of varnish; force 
under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 
10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — F. D. Wing, an employe, was severely burned in trying to 
extinguish the flames. 



Appendix. 27 

Wednesday, 26th, 9-37 P.M. Still. 

No. 20 Centre st., " rear." 2 stories ; wood ; 28 X 38 ; owned by J. R. Hall ; 
loss, $25 ; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by N. S. Putnam, as dwelling ; loss, $73 ; 
insurance, $600 ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, gas-jet igniting curtain ; force 
under command of Foreman Knights; company present, Engine No. 14; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 28th, 2-36 A.M. Box 45. 
No. 141 Franklin st. 5 stories; freestone; 45 X 65 ; owned by W. Sheafe ; 
■ loss, $358; insurance, $50,000; occupied by J. H. Bufford & Sons, lithograph- 
ers; loss, $1,500; insurance, $16,000 ; originated on 5th floor ; cause, spon- 
taneous combustion ; force under command of Chief Engineer ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 
8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1,2; damage to building, considerable; confined 
to building. 

Friday, 28th, 6-20 P.M. Still. 
No. 7 Tremont pl. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 28; owned by I. H. Curry; 
occupied by P. Good; as dwelling; originated in cellar; cause, supposed in- 
cendiary ; force under command of Foreman Freeman ; company present, 
Engine No. 13 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 29th, 7-29 A. M. Box 67. 

No. 825 Washington st. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 60 ; owned by David 
Sears; loss, $25; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by J. E. Kenney et als., as 
tailors, etc. ; insurance,' $3, 0CO; originated on 1st floor; cause, defective flue; 
force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 
4, 7, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical 
Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 30th, 1-27 A.M. Box 41. 
No. 48 School st. 3£ stories; brick; 36 X 100; owned by Wm. Bogle; 
loss, $360 ; insurance, $20,000 ; occupied by Smith Brothers, as dining- 
room ; loss, $50; insurance, $1,500; originated in cook-room; cause, un- 
known ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chem- 
ical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 31st, 5-12 P.M. Box 56. 

No. 369 Federal st. 3£ stories; brick; 20 X 36 ; owned by Amos Cutler; 
occupied by Wm. Mahoney et als., tenements; originated in attic; cause, 
clothes too near stove; force under command of Chief Engineer; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 
8; Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 



JUNE. 
Tuesday, 1st, 1-08 A.M. Box 214. 
No. 634 Shawmut ate. 3 stories ; brick; 20 X 36 ; owned by John Griggs 
loss, $25; insurance, $300; occupied by Mrs. Clark, as dwelling; loss, $2 
Mr. Conners, as dwelling; loss, $5; Quinn & Masters, as stable; loss, $110 
insurance, $150; originated in the stable; extended to 2d story; cause, 
supposed incendiary ; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4; Hose Nos. 
5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 3; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 1st, 9-16 A.M. Box 231. 
Harrison ave. and Hdnneman st. 3 stories ; stone ; 45 X 106 ; owned by 
J. Nickerson "heirs"; loss, $1,620; insurance, $5,000 ; occupied by Hart, 



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Randall & Goodale, as cordage works; loss, .$5,419 ; insurance, $20,000; 
originated in upper story; cause, friction of machinery ; force under command 
of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 5; damage to 
building, considerable; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Foreman Knights and Hosemen Sharkey and Kilduff, of 
Engine No. 14, were injured by being thrown from a ladder. 

Tuesday, 1st, 10-30 P.M. Still. 
No. 26 Somerset st. 44 stories ; brick ; 25 X 95 ; owned by Cyrus 
Sargent ; occupied by J. M. H. Dow, as residence ; loss, $20 ; originated in 
yard ; cause, probably careless use of matches ; force under command of 
Foreman Cheswell ; company present, Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, none; confined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 3-14 P. 31. Box 26. 

No. 241 Cambridge st. 5 stories; brick; 70X90; owned by Theo 
Lyman ; occupied by McKee & Richardson, as carriage factory ; originated in 
engine-room; cause, ignition of dust from furnace; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1,3; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, 
none; confined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 9-02 P.M. Still. 
No. 4 Foster pl. 2£ stories; wood; 18 X 20 ; owned by Joseph Burnett; 
loss, $5; occupied by R: Damney, as dwelling; loss, $10; originated on 3d 
floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Foreman 
Childs; company present, Engine No. 8; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Friday, 4th, 2-57 A. 31. Box 156. 
Nos. 13 and 15 Sumner st. 2£ stories; wood; 22 X 47 ; No. 13 owned by 
Dillaway "heirs "; loss, $750; insurance, $600; occupied by E. O. Emery, as 
blacksmith ; loss, $290 ; insurance, $600 ; No. 15 owned by Maverick Wharf 
Co. ; loss, $100; insurance, $300; occupied by G. C. Sargent, as calker; loss, 
$100; insurance, $600; originated on 1st floor of No. 13; extended to No. 15; 
cause, sparks from forge; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5,9,11; Fire-boat ; Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose 
No. 6 ; damage to buildings, 1 slight, 1 considerable. 

Friday, 4th, 4-07 A. 31. Box 15. 
No. 140 to 144 Commercial st. 5 stories ; granite ; 72 X 108 ; owned by 
"heirs" of Silas Pierce; loss, $700; insurance, $20,000; occupied by G. F. 
Roach & Co., as furniture ; loss, $1,764 ; insurance, $3,500 ; S. Pierce & Co., as 
storage; loss, $293; insurance, $5,300; originated on 4th floor; extended to 
5th floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8. 25, 26 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; 
Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, considerable; con- 
fined to building. . 

Friday, 4th, 6-30 P. 31. Box 14. 
No. 302 Commercial st. 6 stories ; brick ; 25 X 50 ; owned by Ballard 
"heirs"; loss, $71; insurance, $6,000; occupied by L. A. Myerson, as junk 
dealer; loss, $68; insurance, $1,300; originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed 
incendiary; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 5th, 8-10 A. 31. Still. 
No. 193 Dudley st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 40 ; owned by J. D. Weston ; 
occupied by E. H. Sawyer, as carpenter; N. Stone, as painter; originated on 
the roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Engineer 
Munroe; company present, Engine No. 12; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 



Appendix. 29 

Saturday, 5th, 0-1 P.M. Box 121. 

No. 1295 Tkemont st., "Rear." 3^ stories; wood; 24X50; owned by 
J. 0. Donovan; loss, $328; insurance, $2,000; occupied by J. O. Donovan, as 
dwelling; loss, $ 3 ; M. Keefe et als., as dwelling, etc. ; originated on 3d floor; 
extended to roof; cause, children playing with matches ; force under command 
of Engineer Colligan; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook 
and Ladder No. 4 ; Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 5th, 9-56 P.M. Box 125. 
No. 488 Dorchester ave. 3 stories ; wood ; 30 X 50 ; owned by Benjamin 
Reed; loss, $145; insurance, $2,500; occupied by M. McDonough, as dwelling; 
loss, $10; originated on 3d floor; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force 
under command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 
3, 15, 21 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to build- 
ing, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 5th, 11-45 P.M. Box 419. False Alarm. 
Force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 6, 27 ; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Sunday, 6th, 4-35 P.M. Still. 

No. 5 Washington court. 2 stories; wood; 26 X 28 ; owned by G. Bates 
"heirs; " loss, $25; insurance, $1,500; occupied by T. Cannon, as dwelling; 
loss, $75 ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, child playing with matches ; force under 
command of Foreman Knights ; company present, Engine No. 14 ; damage 
to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 7th, 10-21 P.M. Box 52. 

No. 61 Bedford st. 4 stories; brick; 24 X 36; owned by Bigelow "heirs"; 
loss, $15; insurance, $4,500; occupied by M. W. Goff, as lodging-house; loss, 
$5; insurance, $1,400; originated on 4th floor; cause, explosion of kero- 
sene lamp; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, En- 
gines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 3-51 A.M. Box IS. 
No. 26 Brattle st. 4 stories ; brick ; 25 X 44 ; owned by H. Hill ; loss, 
$80; insurance, $2,000; occupied by B. F. Dickason, as locksmith; loss, 
$50; D. Looney, as cobbler; loss, $25 ; originated in basement; cause, un- 
known ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, very slight ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 7-15 A. 31. Still. 
No. 2 Gardner court. 2^ stories ; wood ; 18 X 25 ; owned by J. Attwood ; 
occupied by C. Denson, as dwelling; loss, $10; originated on 3d floor; cause, 
unknown; force under command of Driver Gowan; company present; 
Hose No. 9 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 8-05 A. 31. Still. 
Steamer Hackensack, at Comee's wharf; wood and iron; 139 tons; 
owned by Standard Company; occupied by Standard Company, as freight 
boat; loss, $30; originated in the hold; cause, slacking of lime; force 
under command of Captain Scott; company present, Fire Boat. 

Thursday, 10th, 3-54 A.M. Box 215. 

No. 104 Cabot st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 27; owned by J. Streck; loss, 
$50; insurance, $1,500; occupied by Ellen Warren, as dwelling; loss, $5; 
originated in the basement ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Colligan; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 22, 
23; Hook and Ladder No. 4; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 3; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 



30 City Document No. 59. 

Thursday, 10th, 3-35 P. 31. Still. 

No. 412 Washington st. 4 stories ; brick ; 20 X 50 ; cause, accidental 
automatic alarm ; force under Foreman Griffin ; companies present, Engine 
No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Remarks. — No fire ; needless alarm. 

Thursday, 10th, 10-01 P.M. Box 85. False Alarm. 

Force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
3, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engine 
No 2. 

Saturday, 12th, 0-40 A. 31. Pox 465. 

Cambridge st. 1 story; wood; 40X50; owned by J. E. Perkins; loss, 
$440; insurance, $500; occupied by J. E. Perkins, as wood and coal; loss, 
$410; insurance, $750; originated in boiler-room; extended to roof and 
wood pile; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 
1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, considerable; extended to wood-pile in yard. 

Remarks. — Engine No. 1 and Hose Nos. 1, 2, of Somerville, were present; 
Hose No. 1 being the first company they had water on the fire before the ar- 
rival of our department. 

Saturday, 12th, 1-08 A.M. Pox 17. Needless. 

Cause, given for supposed fire in Haymarket sq. ; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; 
Hook and Ladder No. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Remarks. — Officer Sullivan, of Division No. 1, was informed that there was 
a fire in Haymarket sq., and going to the Box nearest him, pulled the alarm. 

Saturday, 12th, 4-27 A.3I. Pox 465. 

Cambridge st. Owned by J. E. Perkins ; originated in wood-pile ; cause, 
rekindling of ruins; force under command of Engineer Bartlett ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Saturday, 12th, 0-30 P. 31. Still. 

Atlantic avenue. Hay team ; owned by New England Hay Company ; 
occupied by New England Hay Company, as hay team ; loss, $100 ; originated 
in hay on team; cause, sparks from dummy engine; force under command 
of Foreman Griffin ; companies present, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 8. 

Remarks. — Team load of hay took fire, and the above companies were 
called to extinguish it. 

Sunday, 13th, 8-48 P.M. Pox 153. 

Orleans and Webster sts. Li stories; wood; 40X90; owned by L. 
Hall & Co. ; occupied by L. Hall & Co., as wood and coal shed; originated in 
the wood; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose 
No. 6 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 14th, 8-18 A. 31. Pox 126. 

No. 340 W. Second st. 3 stories; wood; 20X30; owned by James 
Lally ; loss, $15 ; insurance, $2,400 ; occupied by James Lally et als., as dwell- 
ings ; loss, $5 ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, children playing with matches ; 
force under command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 
1, 2, 7, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

3Ionday, 14th, O-lO P. M. Still. 
No. 135 Dorchester ave. 1 story; wood; 20x20; owned by Thomas 
Leavitt; occupied by T. and J. Sullivan, as shed; originated on 1st floor, in 
rubbish; cause, children playing with matches; force under command of 
Assistant Engineman Smith; company present, Engine No. 15; damage to 
building, none; confined to building. 



Appendix. 31 

Tuesday, 15th, 3-45 P.M. Box 417. 
No. 43 Austin st. 2 stories; wood; 30 X 28; owned by L. Pollard; loss, 
$34; insurance, $800; occupied by G. Gilman, as dwelling; loss, $15; insur- 
ance, $1,150; originated on lstfloor; cause, explosionof kerosene stove ; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 
27 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 16th, 4-24 P. 31. Pox 49. 
No. 37 Franklin st. 4 stories ; sandstone ; 36 X 60 ; owned by G. C. Up- 
ham ; occupied by Wendell, Fay& Co., woollens ; originated on 4th floor; cause, 
unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies pi-esent, Engines 
Nos. 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical 
Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 16th, 11-13 P. 31. Box 454. 

Arlington st. Cause, bonfire, set by boys ; force under command of 
Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — Bonfire on vacant lot. 

Wednesday, 16th, 11-27 P. 31. Box 421. 
False Alarm. Force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9; Hose Nos. 
1, 2, 3, 4; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Friday, 18th, 9-50 A. 31. Still. 

Corner oe C and Silver sts. 2£ stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Mrs. 
Cooney; occupied by Mrs. Cooney et als., as dwellings; originated on 1st 
floor ; cause, cbildren playing with matches ; force under command of Engi- 
neer Brown ; company present, Hose No. 9 ; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Friday, 18th, 12 31. Still. 

No. 1890 Washington st. 5 stories; brick; 35 X 45; owned byN. Morse; 
occupied by several families, as hotel; originated on 4th floor; cause, careless 
use of fire ; force under command of Foreman Hussey; company present, 
Engine No. 23 ; damage, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 19th, 1-46 A. 31. Box 41. 

Bromfield st. Originated in alley-way; cause, unknown; force under 
command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 
26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1,2. 

Remarks. — Fire in rubbish. No damage. 

Saturday, 19th, 3-39 A.3I. Box 64. 

No. 263 Harrison ave. 4 stories ; brick ; 50 X 50 ; owned by G. Brewer 
"heirs"; loss, $105; insurance, $15,000; occupied by B. Wellman et als., 
as store and tenements; loss, $97; insurance, $1,900; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief Engineer ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 
3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 19th, 8-55 A. 31. Still. 
No. 6 Baker st. 2i stories; wood; 20X35; owned by J. H. Carter; 
occupied by A. Smith, as dwelling; loss, $5; originated on 2d floor; cause, 
children playing with matches; force under command of Driver Wilson; 
company present, Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Saturday, 19th, 11-35 P. 31. Box 419. False Alarm. 
Force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 6, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 



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Sunday, 20th, 8-45 P. M. Still. 

Sumner and Lewis sts. 1 story; brick; 18X18; owned by East Boston 
Sugar Refinery; occupied by East Boston Sugar Refinery, as blacksmith's 
shop; originated on 1st floor ; cause, watchman heating coffee; light mistaken 
for fire; force under command of Driver Conway ; company present, Hook 
and Ladder No. 2 ; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless ; no fire. 

Sunday, 20th, 11-13 P.M. Still. 

Short-st. court. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Mr. Sullivan ; 
occupied by Mr. Sullivan, as dwelling; cause, room filled with smoke; force 
under command of Foreman Tyler ; company present, Hose No. 2 ; damage 
to building, none. 

Remarks. — No damage ; needless alarm. 

Monday, 21st, 9-26 P.M. Box 4. 
Nos. 72, 74, and 76 Beverly st. 5 stories ; brick ; 40 X 60 ; owned by J. G. 
Russell; occupied by R. Powers and Son et a.ls., as marble works, etc. ; origi- 
nated in engine-room; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1,8; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 2-36 A.M. Still. 
No. 353 Atlantic ave. 4^ stories; brick; 35X43; owned by Cunning- 
ham "heirs"; occupied by Egleston and Sullivan, as dining-room; loss, $15; 
originated on 4th floor; cause, hot ashes in barrel ; force under command of 
Foreman Frost; companies present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 0-50 A.M. Still. 
No. 1166 Washington st. 6 stories; brick; 50 X 180; owned by C. A. 
Richards; occupied by F. S. Brockway, as hotel; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Fernald; companies 
present, Engine No. 3; Hook and Ladder No. 3; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 4-14 A.M. Box 56. 
Rear No. 144 South st. 1 story ; wood ; 10 X 36 ; owned by heirs of P. 
O'Connor, G. B. Blasland ; loss, $55; insurance, $2,000; loss, $121; insur- 
ance, $2,000; occupied by various parties, as sheds, etc. ; originated on 1st 
floor; extended to 4 and 5 East-st. place; cause, incendiary; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 
26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1,2; damage to building, 3 slight; 1 considerable. 

Tuesday, 22d, 7-41 A.M. Still. 
No. 16 Tileston st. 2£ stories ; wood ; 27 X 39 ; owned by Thomas Con- 
ley; loss, $10; occupied by Thomas Conley, as dwelling; originated on roof; 
cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Foreman Childs ; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 8 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 8-40 A. 31. Still. 
Orleans st. 2 stories; wood; 30X40; owned by Patrick Morrison; 
occupied by Patrick Morrison, as stable; originated on 1st floor; cause, un- 
known; force under command of Engineman Sturtevant; companies present, 
Engine No. 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2; damage to building, none; confined 
to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 9-05 P.M. Still. 
Washington st. Cause, unknown ; force under command of Foreman 
Abbott; companies present, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10. 
Remarks. — Fire in a peat-bog ; no damage. 



Appendix. 33 

Tuesday, 22d, 8-35 P. 31. Still. 
No. 434 Harrison ave. 2 stories; wood; 15X24; owned by P. O. 
Donhoe; loss, $12; insurance, $600; occupied by P. 0. Donhoe, as car- 
penter shop ; originated on roof; cause, fire-crackers ; force under command 
of Foreman Webber ; companies present, Engine No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 3 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 7-21 A. 31. Box 18. 
No. 9 Elm st. 5 stories; granite; 30 X 90; owned by S. R. Hart; loss, 
$25 ; insurance, $10,000 ; occupied by Jewish Synagogue, as place of worship ; 
loss, $20; insurance, $1,000; originated on 3d floor; cause, probable careless 
use of matches ; force under command of Engineer Abbott ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, very slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d," 8-18 A. 31. Box 57. 

No. 109 Albany st. 4 stories ; brick ; 24 X 65 ; owned by Geo. Perley ; loss, 
$15; insurance, $5,000; occupied by J. Cuniff et als. , store, etc. ; originated on 
roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Chief Engineer ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 
8; Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 4-30 P. 31. Still. 

Ashland st. Force under command of Driver Lewis ; company present, 
Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Remarks. — Grass fire ; no damage. 

Wednesday, 23d, 6-20 P. 31. Still. 
No. 41 Ottawa st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Sewall Barker; 
loss, $25; insurance, $2,000; occupied by W. S. Burton, as dwelling; origi- 
nated on 1st floor; extended to roof; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; 
force under command of Foreman Bolton ; company present, Engine No. 24 ; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 10-23 P. 31. Box 48. 
Nos. 72 and 74 High st. 4 stories ; granite ; 26 X 140 ; owned by J. Field 
"heirs"; loss, $50; insurance, $35,000; occupied by Allen, Field & Law- 
rence, as leather store; loss, $150 ; insurance, $110,000; originated in 
basement; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Engineer 
Cunningham; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 15, 25, 26; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1,2; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 24th, 6-15 A.M. Still. 
No. 175 W. First st. 1 story; wood; 10 X 18; owned by W. P. Stone; 
loss, $10; occupied by W. P. Stone as shed; originated on outside of shed; 
cause, hot ashes thrown against building ; force under command of Driver 
Gowan ; company present, Hose No. 9 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 24th, 10-20 P.M. Still. 
No. 819 E. Sixth st. 2£ stories; wood; 20 X 30 ; owned by Luther Pierce ; 
loss, $10; insurance, $1,500; occupied by L. Pierce, as dwelling ; originated 
on roof; cause, fireworks; force under command of Driver D. H. Twiss ; 
company present, Hose No. 12 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to build- 
ing. 

Friday, 25th, 8-29JA.31. Still. 
No. 11 Cornhill st. 6 stories; brick; 21X45; owned by S. S. Shaw, 
"trustee"; loss, $25; insurance, $9,750; occupied by L. B. Brooks, as of- 
fice ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of En- 
gineer Abbott; company present, Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, 
very slight ; confined to building. 



34 City Document No. 59. 

Saturday, 26th, 9-46 P.M. Still. 
No. 128 Merrimac st. 3£ stories; wood; 20X25; owned by John Mar- 
tin ; occupied by Mrs. Jones et als., as dwelling ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, 
explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Hoseman Whitehead ; 
company present, Engine No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to build- 
ing. 

Sunday, 27th, 10-03 A.M. Still. 

No. 45 Lowell st. 3J stories; brick; 25 X 60; owned by John Dugan; 
occupied by P. H. Smith, as dwelling; originated on 2d floor; cause, careless 
use of pipe; force under command of Foreman Kimball ; company present, 
Engine No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 28th, 8-35 A. 31. Box 3. 
No. 110 Prince st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 27; owned by W. Dorey; loss, 
$20 ; insurance, $5,000 ; occupied by Mary Monigan, as dwelling ; loss, $50 ; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, children playing with matches ; force under 
command of Engineer Cunningham ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 
8, 25; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 28th, 8-40 A. 31. Still. 

No. 12 Berlin st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Samuel Taylor; 
loss, $41; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Samuel Taylor, as dwelling; loss, 
$59; insurance, $1,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, children plajdng with 
matches ; force under command of Eoreman Green ; company present, Hose 
No. 7; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 29th, 1-28 P. 31. Box 214. 
No. 927 Harrison ate. 1 story; brick; 18 X 18 ; owned by I. S. Church; 
loss, $250; occupied by I. S. Church, as Naphtha Cleansing Works; origi- 
nated on the floor ; extended to roof ; cause, friction of nail in boot-heel ig- 
niting naphtha ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4; Hose Nos. 5, 
7 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Tuesday, 29th, 5-19 P.M. Box 249. 

No. 47 Prentiss st. 2 stories ; wood ; 23 X 31 ; owned by Wm. Wanders ; 
loss, $35; insurance, $1,500; occupied by Wm. Wanders, as dwelling; loss, 
$65 ; insurance, $500 ; originated on first floor ; cause, careless use of kerosene 
oil can ; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23 ; Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Miss Josie Wanders, aged 18 years, was fatally burned. She 
set a leaky kerosene can on a hot stove, when the can exploded with the above 
result. 

Wednesday, 30th, 1-57 A. 31. Still. 

No. 119 Milk st. 5 stories; brick; 24 X 114; owned by Sears estate; 
occupied by J. A. & W. Bird & Co., as paints, oils, etc. ; loss, $10 ; originated 
on 1st floor ; cause, spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Eore- 
man Griffin ; companies present, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 30th, 2-48 P. 31. Still. 
Bear No. 242 Maverick st. Originated in straw, rear of stable ; cause, 
children playing with matches ; force under command of Engineman Sturte- 
vant; companies present, Engine No. 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2. 

Wednesday, 30th, 5-42 P. 31. Box 462. 
No. 404 Main st. 2h stories ; wood ; 30 X 50 ; owned by E. O. Reed & Co. ; 
loss, $35; insurance, $600; occupied by M. Clausen et als., as marble works, 
etc.; originated on the roof; cause, sparks from furnace; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, slight ; confined 
to building. 



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JULY. 

Thursday, 1st, 11-15 A.M. Box 152. 

'No. 168 Webster st. 1 story; wood; 12 X 23 ; owned by A. C. Jackson; 
loss, $26 ; insurance, $4,000 ; occupied by A. C. Jackson, as wood-shed ; 
originated in wood-shed ; cause, careless use of oil stove ; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines ]Sos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

. Thursday, 1st, 0-26, 0-35 P. 31. Box 343. 

Taylor st. 1, 2, and 4 stories ; wood and brick ; 15 X 20 ; 20 X 35 ; 35 X 50 ; 
owned by A. T. Stearns & Co.; loss, $3,400; insurance, $10,500; Holmes 
& Blanchard; loss, $450; insurance, $7,000; occupied by Holmes & 
Blanchard, as machine shop; loss, $95; insurance, $1,500; Neponset Foundry 
Co., as machine shop; loss, $500 ; originated in lumber pile ; extended to 3 
buildings ; cause, supposed set by boys ; force under command of Engineer 
Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 6, 7 ; damage to building, 1 slight ; 2 totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — Assistance was rendered from the steam-pumps of A. T. 
Stearns & Co. ; the Quincy Department tendered their services ; declined 
with thanks. 

Thursday, 1st, 1-50 P.M. Still. 

No. 15 A st. 3 stories; wood; 25 X 40 ; owned by Mrs. Coffee; loss, $10; 
occupied by Mrs. Coffee et als., as dwellings; originated on the roof; cause, 
set on fire by boys ; force under command of Engineman Williams ; companies 
present, Engine No. 15 ; Hose No. 9 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 1st, 0-49 P. 31. Box 14. 

No. 58 Fleet st. 2 stories ; wood ; 15 X 20 ; owned by E. Howard " heirs" ; 
loss, $50; insurance, $600; occupied by P. Shaehan, as store; loss, $25; 
originated under building ; extended to 2d story ; cause, set by boys ; force 
under command of Engineer Cunningham ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
4, 6, 7, 8, 25 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 2d, 8-25 A. 31. Box 451. 
No. 72 Medford st. 3 stories; brick; 17 X 30; owned by P. S. Briggs ; 
loss, $25; occupied by F. W. Scott, as dwelling; loss, $50; originated on 
3d floor; cause, " fire in bed," unknown; force under command of Engineer 
Bartlett; companies present, Engine No. 27 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9; 
Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 2d, 1-36 P. 31. Box 142. 

No. 413 W. Third st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30 ; owned by Emigrant 

Savings Bank ; occupied by several families, as tenements ; originated in 

% chimney ; cause, soot taking fire ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; 

companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; 

Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 2d, 10-55 P. 31. Still. 
No. 11 Chardon st. 5 stories ; brick ; 76 X 90 ; owned by Charles Roberts ; 
occupied by R. Woodman, as machine shop; loss, $10; insurance, $2,500; 
originated on 3d floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Foreman 
Smith; company present, Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 3d, 3-39 A. 31. Box 13. 
No. 220 North st. 4 stories; wood; 18 X 20 ; owned by W. Taylor; loss, 
$50 ; insurance, $2,000 ; occupied by A. Robertson, as dwelling ; loss, $310 ; 



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insurance, $1,000; originated on 2d floor; cause, breaking kerosene lamp; 
force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 
4, 6, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 3d, 9-30 A.M. Still. 

No. 22Dunlow st. 2£ stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Metropolitan R.R. 
Company ; occupied by James Brennan, as dwelling ; originated in chimney ; 
cause, soot taking fire ; force under command of Foreman Knights ; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 14 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 4th, 3-14 P. 31. Box 269. 

No. 8 Summit st. 2 stories ; wood ; 22 X 30 ; owned by G. I. Bicknell ; 
loss, $25; occupied by H. Oakmau, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, bursting of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Engineer Mun- 
roe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 24; Hook and Ladder No. 4; 
Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 4th, 9-30 P.M. Still. 

Federal st. Originated in the street ; cause, bonfire ; force under com- 
mand of Foreman Marden ; company present, Engine No. 7. 

Monday, 5th, 9-46 A.M. Box 576. 
Allston st. Originated in grass field ; cause, children playing with 
matches ; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, 
Engine No. 29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 11 ; Chemical Engine No. 6. 

Monday, 5th, 10-45 P.M. Box 131. 

No. 11 Springer court. 3 stories; wood; 20X30; owned by A. M. 
Stetson; loss, $35; insurance, $2,000; occupied by J. H. Rose, as dwelling; 
loss, $10; originated, 1st floor; cause, boys and fire-crackers; force under 
command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 1,2, 15; Hook 
and Ladder No. 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 

Monday, 5th, 11-50 A.M. Still. 

No. 6 Walnut pl. 3 stories; brick; 17X23; owned by D. F. Flagg; 
occupied by C. R. Morse, as dwelling; originated in basement ; cause, breaking 
of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Foreman Hussey ; company 
present, Engine No. 23 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 5th, 1-54 P.M. Box 242. 

Blue Hill avenue. Originated in grass; cause, set by boys; force 
under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 
13, 21, 24; Hook and Ladder No. 4; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 5. 

Monday, 5th, 5 P.M. Still. 
Blue Hill avenue. Originated in pile of lumber ; cause, children and 
fire-crackers ; force under command of Hoseman Bird ; company present, 
Engine No. 19. 

Monday, 5th, 5 P.M. Still. 
No. 398 Longwood ave. 2£ stories ; wood ; 30 X 30 ; owned by M. M. 
Palmer; occupied by J. F. Cooper, as dwelling; originated on the roof; 
-cause, children and fire-crackers; force under command of Chemical En- 
gineman Rosemere ; company present, Chemical Engine No. 3; damage to 
■building, slight; confined to building. 
Remarks. — Needless. 

Monday, 5th, 7-39 P.M. Box 37. 

No. 243 and 245 Atlantic ave. 1 story; iron; 45 X 50; owned by John 

"Rice; loss, $440; insurance, $500; occupied by John Bell, as hay and grain; 

loss, $435 ; insurance, $600 ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, unknown ; force 

under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 



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25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 6th, 8-28 A. 31. Box 521. 

Boylston ave. 2£ stories ; wood; 80X50; owned by Michael Kelly ; oc- 
cupied by D. Schawer, as dwelling ; loss, $2 ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, 
carelessness of children ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 6th, 10-02 P. 31. Box 37. 
No. 9 Central whaef. 3^ stories; brick; 20X50; owned by F. O. 
Prince; loss, $50; insurance, $8,000; occupied by Dr. Ham et als., as store- 
house; insurance, $ 2,000 ; originated in basement; cause, supposed incen- 
diary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 7th, 8-28 P.M. Box 45. 
No. 79 and 81 Milk st. 6 stories ; brick ; 30 X 95 ; owned by Quincy 
"heirs"; loss, $2,300; insurance, $25,000; Fairbanks & Brown; loss, 
$225; insurance, $30,000; occupied by Fairbanks & Brown et als., as 
engine-room, etc.; loss, $1,024; insurance, $1,500; originated on 1st floor; 
extended to roof; cause, rats and matches; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
considerable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 8th, 10-16 A. 31. Box 415. 

Railroad fence. Wood ; owned by State of Massachusetts ; loss, $50 ; 
originated in fence ; cause, sparks from locomotive ; force under command of 
Engineer Cheswell ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; confined. 

Thursday, 8th, 2-21 P. 31. Box 4. 
No. 264 Friend st. 2 stories ; wood ; 22 X 75 ; owned by R. A. Baldwin ; 
loss, $10; occupied by R. A. Baldwin, as blacksmith shop; insurance, $1,000; 
originated in basement ; cause, sparks from forge ; force under command of 
Engineer Cheswell; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, slight ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 8th, 4-51, 5 P. 31. Box 183. 
No. 207 Maverick st. 2 stories ; wood ; 30 X 62 ; owned by A. Pickering ; 
loss, $800 ; occupied by Asa Critchett et als., as stable ; loss, $1,545 ; originated 
on 1st floor; extended to No. 209 Maverick street; cause, unknown; force 
■under command of Engineer Dunbar ; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 8, 
9, 11, 25; Hook and Ladder Nos. 2, 8; Hose No. 6; damage to building, 1 
slight ; 1 totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — H. H. Logan, Dr. Copeland, Geo. TV. Adams, and W. Snel- 
ling lost one horse each; Asa Critchett lost five, owing to the rapid spread of 
the flames. * 

Thursday, 8th, 6-17 P. 31. Box 454. 
Tufts wharf. 1 story ; wood ; 50 X 75 ; owned by C. H. Guild & Son ; 
loss, $15; insurance, $1,075; occupied by C. H. Guild & Son, as tannery; 
originated on roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of 
Engineer Cheswell; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 9th, 4-35 P. 31. Still. 
No. 93 Cottage st. 1 story; wood; 8 X 18 ; owned by A. W. Austin; 
unoccupied, as wood-shed ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, children playing with 
matches ; force under command of Driver Bickford ; companies present, 



38 City Document No. 59. 

Engine No. 11 ; Hook arid Ladder No. 2; damage to building, none; confined 
to building. 

Friday, 9th, 8-55 P.M. Still. 
Tufts whaep. 1 story ; wood ; 24 X 42 ; owned by G. S. Gould ; loss, $5 
occupied by G. S. Gould; originated on roof; cause, overheated furnace 
force under command of Foreman Tyler; company present, Hose No. 2 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 10th, 7-20 P.M. Still. 
No. 410 W. Broadway. l£ stories; wood; 50X125; owned by St. 
Matthew's Episcopal Church Society; occupied by St. M. E. C. So., as church; 
originated on roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of 
Foreman Fowler ; companies present, Engine No. 1 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
5 ; damage to building, very slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 10th, 11-02 P. 31. Still. 

Rear of No. 511 Harrison ave. 2 stories; wood; 20X30; owned by 
Edward Herman ; occupied by P. Brady, as dwelling ; loss, .$5 ; originated on 
1st floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Engi- 
neer Fernald ; company present, Engine No. 3 ; damage to building, none ; 
confined to building. 

Monday, 12th, 10-15 A.M. Box 4. 

No. 70 and 72 Beverly st. Wood fence; owned by James Wight; 
originated in sawdust in yard; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Engineer Cheswell ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, none. 

Wednesday, 14th, 1-15 P.M. Box 184. 

Rear of No. 228 and 236 Border st. 2 stories ; wood ; 16 X 30 ; No. 228 
owned by Robert E. Jackson, Est.; loss, $500; occupied as tool-shed 
loss, $200; No. 236 owned by John S. Weeks; loss, $243 ; insurance, $1,100 
unoccupied, as tool-shed ; originated rear of No. 228 ; extended to No. 236 
cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Engineer Dunbar 
companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2 
Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, 1 slight ; 1 considerable ; 1 destroyed. 

Wednesday, 14th, 7-42 P. 31. Still. 
No. 31 West First st. 2 stories ; wood ; 15 X 30 ; owned by David Sharp ; 
loss, $10; insurance $1,500; occupied by David Sharp, as coppersmith; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, sparks from furnace; force under command of 
Foreman Scott; companies present, Engine No. 15; Hose No. 9; damage to 
building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 16th, 1-55 A. 31. Box 41. 

No. 150 Devonshire st. 10 stories ; granite; 84 X 106; owned by Equi- 
table Life Insurance Co.; occupied by Equitable Life Insurance Co., as 
deposit vaults ; originated on 7th floor ; extended to 8th floor ; cause, sup- 
posed rats and matches; force under command of Chief Green; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1,8; Hose 
No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. , 

Friday, 16th, 4-15 A. 31. Box 124. 

First st. 1 story; wood; 70 X 200; owned by Esterbrook & Son; loss, 
$40; insurance, $6,000; occupied by Esterbrook & Son, as foundry; origi- 
nated on floor; extended to roof; cause, hot iron too near wood-work; force 
under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 
15; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 18th, 2-47 A. 31. Box 573. 

False Alarm. 

Remarks. — Engines Nos. 6 and 27 received the alarm from Box 463, while 
Engine No. 29, Hook and Ladder No. 11, and Chemical Engine No. 6, 
received it from Box 573. Engineers Cheswell and Colligan in command. 



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Sunday, 18th, 3-20 A. 31. Box 38. 
No. 50 Long wharf. 4 stories; wood; 24 X 36; owned by B. F. Mahan; 
loss, $177 ; insurance, $4,000 ; occupied by Heath & Grier, as ship chandlers ; 
loss, $324; insurance, $5,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, sawdust in 
spittoon ignited ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 18th, 9-05 P. 31. Still. 
No. 140 South st. 2 stories ; brick ; 18 X 30 ; owned by O'Connor estate ; 
insurance, $1,000; occupied by J. McLaughlin,, as dwelling; originated in 
basement ; cause, incendiary ; force under command of Eoreman Marden ; 
company present, Engine No. 7; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 19th, 1-09 1-2 P. 31. Box 521. 

Union ave. 1£ stories; Avood; 15 X 25 ; owned by Dedham Bank ; loss, 
$10; occupied by C. Smith, as dwelling; loss, $15; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine 
No. 5 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 20th, 3-40 A. 31. Box 38. 

No. 36 Central wharf. 3£ stories ; brick ; 20 X 45 ; owned by H. 
Sigourney "heirs"; loss, $60; insurance, $6,000; occupied by Bradbury & 
Bishop, as storage; Thayer, Brigham&Co., as storage; loss, $235 ; insurance, 
$1,000; originated in basement; cause, unknown; force under command- of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, slight ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Hoseman M. B. Reardon, of Engine No. 25, broke his leg by 
falling through a scuttle ; and Eoreman Griffin, of Hook and Ladder No. 8, 
hurt his leg by falling through a hole in the floor. 

Thursday, 22d, 1-39 A. 31. Box 44. 
Court square. 4 stories ; granite ; 60 X 190 ; owned by County of Suffolk ; 
loss, $50 ; occupied by Suffolk County, as Court House ; originated on 3d 
story; extended to Paymaster's room; cause, cigar or match in wooden 
spittoon ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 22d, 6-20 P. 31. Still. 

No. 66 Orleans st. l£ stories; wood; 60 X 80; owned by Eastern R.R. 
Co. ; occupied by J. H. Small, as hay-shed; loss, $5; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, children playing with matches ; force under command of Driver 
Bickford ; companies present, Engine No. 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 2 2d, 7-10 P. 31. Still. 

Bear No. 152 Chelsea st. Originated in a pile of straw; cause, children 
and fire-crackers ; force under command of Ladderman W. F. Hayes ; com- 
pany present, Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; damage to building, none ; confined 
to building. 

Thursday, 22d, 11-10 P. 31., 11-17 P. 31. Box 69. 
No. 268 Albany st. 2 stories ; wood ; 40 X 60 ; owned by W. H. Leather- 
bee ; loss, $400 ; insurance, none ; H. E. Bradlee ;. loss, $990 ; insurance, 
$2,000; occupied by H. Crafts & Son* as stable; loss, $1,570; insurance, 
$5,250; H. E. Bradlee, as stable ; loss, $8,913; insurance, $12,800; .origi- 
nated on ground floor, No. 268 ; extended to No. 278 Albany st. ; cause, 
incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 3; 4, 7,, 10, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. 3, 4, 5, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 9, 10; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage 
to building, No. 278 considerable ; No. 268 totally destroyed. 



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Friday, 23d, 1-29 A.M. Box 68. 

No. 16 Meander st. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 25; owned by J. Donnelly; 
unoccupied, as stable ; originated on 1st floor; extended to bay-loft; cause, 
incendiary; force under command of Chief Gi'een ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 15, 25; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 4, 8 ; Hose Nos. 
5, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 23d, 6-20 P. 31. Still. 

Junction of Second and Third sts. 3 stories ; wood ; 25 X 40 ; owned 
by J. J. Riley ; occupied by J. J. Riley, as dwelling and store ; loss, $5 ; 
originated on 3d floor ; cause, children playing with matches ; force under 
command of Driver Gowan ; company present, Hose No. 9 ; damage to 
building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 23d, 9-10 P.M. Box 9. 

No. 32 N. Bennet st. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 60 ; owned by Atkins "heirs " ; 
loss, $115; insurance, $3,000; occupied by W. Johnston et als., as dwelling; 
loss, $100; insurance, none ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, unknown ; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 
25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Remarks. — John Murphy, a citizen, aged 24 years, was run over and killed 
by Engine No. 4, " on N. Bennet st.," while responding to this alarm. 

Saturday, 24th, 8-43 P. 31. Box 62. 

Nos. 115 to 123 Eliot st. 4 stories ; brick and wood ; 54 X 62 ; owned by 
Almon Blood; loss, $925; insurance, $2,662; occupied by F. Hoarer, 
sausages ; loss, $75 ; insurance, $1,000 ; 'J. A. Johansen, as cabinet-maker ; 
loss, $850; insurance, $900; G. W. Hibbard, carpenter; loss, $100; insurance 
none; Eaton Byrne & Co., as wax paper; loss, $283; insurance, $1,000 ; R. 
Johnson, clothes cleaning; loss, $135; insurance, $1,000; Samuel West, 
glass-cutter; loss, $960; insurance, $2,700; originated on 3d floor ; extended 
to 4th floor; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Chief 
Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 25th, 5-52 P. 31. Box 231. 

No. 975 Harrison ave. 3 stories ; wood ; 33 X 57 ; owned by D. Mulane ; 
loss, $20; insurance, $4,000; occupied by R. Powers, as dwelling; originated 
on 3d floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of 
Engineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to 
building, sligbt ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 25th, 9-16 P. 31. Box 572. 

Washington st. 2 stories; wood; 25X35; owned by Benjamin Dana; 
loss, $15; occupied by A. Cutler et als., as stable; loss, $25; originated on 
1st floor; extended to loft; cause, children playing with matches; force 
under command of Call Engineer Fuller ; companies present, Engine No. 29; 
Hook and Ladder No. 11 ; Chemical Engine No. 6 ; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

3fonday, 26th, 0-35 P. 31. Box 41. 

No. 276 Washington st. 4 stories ; granite ; 15 X 18 ; owned by J. C. 
Prescott; loss, $360; insurance, $12,000; occupied by J. Freedele, as dwell- 
ing and store; loss, $500 ; insurance, $2,000 ; originated on 4th floor ; cause, 
supposed sparks from chimney; force under command of Chief Green; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 
8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 



Appendix. 41 

Monday, 26th, 10-33 P.M. Box 69. 
No. 251 Albany st. 3 stories ; wood ; 36 X 45 ; owned by Barry Sulli- 
van; loss, $175; insurance, $3,000; occupied by D. Sullivan, as store and 
dwelling; loss, $40; insurance, $700 ; originated on 1st floor; cause, $700 in- 
surance on $40 worth of stock ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 1, 3, 7, 15, 22, 23, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 3, 5 ; Hose Nos. 5, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 27th, 1-33 P.M. Box 162. 
No. 182 Marion st. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Thomas Win- 
ston ; occupied by P. Connell, as dwelling ; originated in cellar ; cause, chil- 
dren playing with matches ; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No-. 2; Hose 
No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 27th, 0-41 P.M., 1-12 P.M. Box 67. 
No. 882 to 890 Washington st. 4 stories; brick; 70 X 100; owned by 
William E. Weld ; loss, $8,848 ; insurance, $17,500 ; occupied by L. J. Moore, 
as picture-frames ; loss, $1,951 ; insurance, $2,000; C. E. Hewes & Co., as fur- 
niture; loss, $4,700; insurance, $5,300; originated on 1st floor ; extended to 
roof; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. A, 1, 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 8, 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; dam- 
age to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 27th, 11-54 P. 31. Box 67. 
No. 882 to 890 Washington st. Cause, rekindling of ruins ; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 25, 
26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1, 2 ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 28th, 3-22 A.M. Box 37. 

No. 52 So. Market st. 4 stories ; granite ; 27 X 66 ; owned by J. K. 
Sartwell et als.; occupied by W. H. Cahoon, as dining saloon; originated on 
2d floor ; cause, overheated range ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Thursday, 29th, 3-04 P.M. Still. 

No. 49 N. Margin st. 3 stories ; wood ; 32 X 49 ; owned by Hoyt & Par- 
ker ; occupied by Hoyt & Parker, as stable ; originated on outside of stable ; 
cause, children playing with matches; force under command of Foreman 
Childs ; company present, Engine No. 8; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 

Friday, 30th, 1-08 P. 31. Box 85. 
No. 404 Tremont st. 4 stories ; brick ; 18 X 45 ; owned by J. B. Bassell ; 
occupied by several families, as dwellings ; originated in basement; cause, in- 
cendiary; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 30th, 1-30 P. 31. Still. 
No. 289 Dorchester st. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 35 ; owned by Mary 
Luchine ; occupied by John Eagan et als., as store and dwelling; loss, $5; 
originated on awning; cause, careless use of matches; force under command 
of Driver Twiss ; company present, Hose No. 10 ; damage to building, none ; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 31st, 9-50 P. 31. Still. 
No. 2 K-st. place. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Charles McCarthy ; 
loss, $5 ; insurance, $1,500; occupied by C. McCarthy, as dwelling; loss, $50; 
insurance, $500 ; originated on second floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene 



42 City Document No. 59. 

lamp ; force under command of Foreman Smith ; company present, Engine 
No. 2 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 31st, 11-35 P.M. Box 68. 

Albany st. Leatherbee's Lumber-Yard. Owned by William Leather- 
bee ; occupied by William Leatherbee, as lumber-yard ; originated in pile of 
shingles ; cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; compa- 
nies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 



AUGUST. 



Sunday, 1st, 7-37 A.M. Still. 
No. 34 Woodward st. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 30 ; owned by South Boston 
Savings-Bank ; loss, $> 5 ; insurance, $ 2,500 ; occupied by R. Foulsham etals., 
as tenements ; loss, $50; originated on 2d floor ; cause, children playing with 
matches ; force under command of Driver Twiss ; company present, Hose No. 
10 ; damage to building, very slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 1st, 10-55 A. M. Still. 
No. 155 Highland st. 2 stories ; wood ; 23 X 65 ; owned by Boston Five 
Cent Savings-Bank; loss, $2; occupied by F. D. Williams, as dwelling; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, careless use of matches ; force under command 
of Hoseman KildufF; company present, Engine No. 14 ; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 1st, 2-16 P.M. Box 45. 
No. 168 Congress st. 5 stories ; brick ; 24 X 90 ; owned by J. S. Potter ; 
occupied by A. M. Howland & Co., as wool store; originated in basement; 
cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 
8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 1st, 4-24 P. 31. Box 15. 

Nos. 121 and 123 Fulton st. 4 stories ; brick ; 21 X 60 ; owned by Silas 
Pierce "estate"; insurance $4,000; occupied by Winslow & Gleason, as 
storage ; originated in basement ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 2d, 0-03 P.M. Box 353. 

Out of the City. Cause, burning chimney in Milton ; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 18, 19 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 6. 

Remarks. ■ — This alarm was given for a fire in a chimney across the line in 
Milton. Needless. 

Monday, 2d, 4-05 P.M. Still. 
Dartmouth st. Iron and wood ; owned by City of Boston ; occupied by 
public bridge ; originated under the bridge ; cause, sparks from locomotive ; 
force under command of Foreman Willett; company present, Engine No. 22; 
damage, slight; confined. 

Tuesday, 3d, 1-20 P.M. Still. 
No. 2526 Washington st. l£ stories ; wood ; 23 X 28 ; owned by J. M. 
Keath; loss, $20; insurance, $2,000; occupied by O. Kimball, as dwelling; 
originated in shed in rear; extended to the ell; cause, children playing with 
matches ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 12, 14; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 



Appendix. 43 

Tuesday, 3d, 5-35 P.M. Box 93. 

No. 607 Tremont st. 3 stories ; brick ; 25 X 60 ; owned by Geo. Baldwin ; 
occupied by Mrs. E. B. Maxwell, as dwelling; originated in kitchen; cause, 
hot flat-iron setting fire to wood-work ; force under command of Engineer 
Fernald; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. A, 3, 12 ; Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to 
building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 3d, 8-39 P.M.' Box 36. 

Court square. 7 stories; brick; 58X135; owned by Thos. L. Smith; 
loss, $1,220; insurance, $65,000; occupied by T. L. Smith, as hotel; loss, 
$450 ; insurance, $17,000 ; originated on 4th floor ; extended to roof; cause, 
unknown; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical 
Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 3d, 9-11 P. 31. Box 51. 

Nos. 104 and 106 Pearl st. 5 stories ; brick; 24 X 110; owned by J. M. 
Jones; loss, ! $208 ; insurance, $10,000; occupied by A. W. Clapp & Co., as 
boots and shoes; loss, $805; insurance, $115,000; originated in basement; 
cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose 
No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Fridhy, 6th, 10-53 P. 31. Box 58. 

Boston & Albany Freight-Yard. Car ; owned by Boston" & Albany Rail- 
road Company ; occupied by railroad company, as lumber-car ; originated in 
car; cause, incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; 
Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage, slight; confined. 

Satuo-day, 7th, 8-18 A.M. Still. 

No. 10 Marshall st. 1 story; wood; 17 X 60; owned by Jane Wads- 
worth ; insurance, $600 ; occupied by Jessie Wadsworth, as dining saloon ; 
loss, $65; insurance, $300; originated on 1st floor; cause, defective range; 
force under command of Engineer Cheswell ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 25 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 8th, 11 A. 31. Box 417. 
No. 10 Edmands court. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 25 ; owned by John O'Brien ; 
insurance, $1,500; occupied, by J. O'Brien, as dwelling; loss, $10; originated 
on 3d floor in bedding; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer 
Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 9; Hose ISJos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Sunday, 8th, 4-42 P. 31. Box 153. 

No. 253 Sumner st. 2 stories; wood; 21 X 23 ; owned by J. Voglestrang; 
loss, $20; insurance, $1,800; occupied by J. Voglestrang, as dwelling; insur- 
ance, $300 ; originated in basement ; cause, unknown ; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 8th, 11-03 P. 31. Box 51. 

Nos. 589 and 591 Atlantic ave. 4 stories ; brick ; 18 X 75 ; owned by 
D. Chamberlin "estate"; loss, $226; insurance', $6,000; occupied by 
Mansfield Chase, as junk store ; loss, $272 ; insurance, $4,000 ; originated in 
basement; extended to 1st floor; cause, supposed incendiary; force under 
command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8'; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1, 2 ; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 



44 City Document No. 59. 

Monday, 9th, 3-50 P.M. Box 156. 

Weeks' whakf. 1 story; wood; 10X15; owned by A. M. & S. J. 
Whidden; loss, $50; occupied by A. M. & S. J. Whidden, as pitch-shed; 
originated in shed; cause, boiling over kettle of pitch; force under command 
of Engineer Cunningham; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, considerable ; con- 
fined to building. 

Remarks. — The tugboat " C. M. Winch" discovered the fire before the 
alarm was given, and prevented serious damage by the use of her streams, 
before the department arrived. 

Monday, 9th, 6-37 P. 31. Box 157. 
Beak No. 133 Boeder st. 2 stories ; brick ; 20 X 40 ; owned by C. Kings- 
bury ; occupied by J. M. Prior & Co., as dry-house and boiler-room ; loss, $15 ; 
insurance, $700 ; originated in boiler-room ; cause, sparks from furnace ; force 
under command of Engineer Cunningham ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. , 

Monday, 9th, 10-10 P. 31. Still. 
No. 131 South st. 1 story; wood; 12 X 25 ; owned by A. & M. Patterson; 
loss, $30 ; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by David Collam, as shed ; originated 
in shed; cause, incendiary; force under command of Eoreman Marden; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 7; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 10th, 3-55 A. 31. Still. 

No. 269 Federal st. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 30 ; owned by J. Tirrell ; 
occupied by J. Farren, as harness-maker; loss, $5; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Foreman Marden ; 
company present, Engine No. 7 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Tuesday, 10th, 6-10 P. 31. Still. 

Pleasant st. 2£ stories ; wood ; 35 X 35 ; owned by J. Roach ; occupied 
by several parties, as dwelling; originated on 3d floor; cause, cbimney burn- 
ing out; force under command of Foreman Glover; company present, Engine 
No. 17 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 11th, 1-12, 1-17 P.M. Box 69. 
No. 264 Albany st. 2 stories; wood; 20 X45. No. 266. 2 stories; wood; 
27 X 110; No. 264 owned by Nelson Sherman; loss, $250; insurance, $450; 
No. 266, by W. H. Leatherbee; loss, $976; insurance, $1,000; No. 264 occu- 
pied by Furber & Bailey, as stable and lumber shed; loss, $1,250; insurance, 
$12,000 ; No. 266, by H. Crafts & Sons, coal wharf; loss, $568 ; insurance, 
$900 ; originated in rear of No. 264 ; extended to Nos. 264 and 266 Albany st. ; 
cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Greeny companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 13, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 3, 4, 5, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 9, 10; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to 
buildings, 2 considerable. 

Wednesday, 11th, 9-54 P. 31. Box 249. 

No. 41 Mindora st. 2k stories; wood; 22 X 30 ; owned by Thomas Foley; 
occupied by Thomas Foley, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; cause, 
breaking kerosene lamp; force under command of Engineer Colligan; compa- 
nies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; 
Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 12th, 1-20 A.3I. Box 323. 

Dorchester ave. 2k stories ; wood; 27 X 41 ; owned by John S. Adams ; 
loss, $900; insurance, $1,000; occupied by E. Ewell, as laundry; loss, $300; 
insurance, $1,400; building destroyed; 2 stories ; wood; 54 X 60; owned by 
A. A. Nickerson; loss, $150; insurance, $2,500; occupied byN. T. Robinson, 
hay and grain; loss, $15; insurance, $1,000; building slightly damaged; 
1 story; wood; 20 X 20; owned by M. Cunningham; loss, $15; insurance, 



Appendix. 45 

occupied by M. Cunningham, as carriage shop ; loss, $15 ; insurance, 
$75 ; building slightly damaged ; originated in laundry, 1st floor ; extended to 
other buildings ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 17, 18, 21; Hook and Ladder No. 7; damage 
to building, 2 slight; 1 totally destroyed. 

Thursday, 12th, 1 P. 31. Box 534. 

Mount Hope st. 2 stories ; wood; 22X80; owned by M. Cunningham; 
occupied by M. Cunningham, as dwelling; loss, $5; originated in 2d story; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Foreman Abbott; companies 
present, Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 
4, 7 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. ■ 

Thursday, 12th, 4-01 P. 31. Box 157. 
No. 163 Liverpool st. 2 stories; wood; 15 X 45 ; owned by Mary Hur- 
ley; loss, $621; insurance, $500; occupied by M. McArden, as stable; loss, 
$250; originated on 1st floor; extended to 2d floor; cause, supposed in- 
cendiary; force under command of Engineer Cunningham; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; dam- 
age to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 12th, 4-41, 4-50, 5-09 P. 31. Box 129. 

No. 225 Dorchester ave. 4 stories; wood; 30X50; owned by L. 
H. Jones ; occupied by L. H. Jones, as grain store ; loss, on building and 
contents, $404; insurance, $5,000 ; occupied by several families, as tene- 
ments ; loss, $100 ; no insurance ; damage to biiilding, slight. 
. Rear No. 225 Dorchester ave. 1 story ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned and 
occupied by L. H. Jones, as hay-shed; loss, on building and contents, $310; 
insurance, $310; building totally destroyed. 

No. 229 Dorchester ave. 2 stories ; wood ; 42 X 92 ; owned and oc- 
cupied by L. H. Jones, as stable; loss, on building and contents, $1,200; in- 
surance, $1,200; building totally destroyed. 

No. '237 Dorchester ave. 1 story ; wood; 30X60; owned and occu- 
pied by W. I. Tuckerman, as blacksmith shop ; loss, $70 ; insurance, $500 ; 
building slightly damaged. 

No. 220 Foundry st. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 50 ; owned by L. H. Jones, 
loss, $45 ; insurance, $2,000 ; occupied by several families, as tenements ; no 
loss ; building slightly damaged. 

No. 222 Foundry st. 3 stories ; wood ; 30 X 50 ; owned by L. H. Jones ; 
loss, $165 ; insurance, $1,500 ; occupied by several families, as tenements ; loss, 
$100; damage to building, considerable. 

No. 44 Colony st. 2£ stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by L. H. Jones; 
loss, $10; insurance $1,500; occupied by several families, as tenements; 
damage to building, slight. 

Originated in rear of 225 Dorchester avenu.e ; extended to adjoining build- 
ings; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7 10, 12, 15, 17, 21, 23, 25; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 3, 5, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 9, 10, 12; Chemical Engine No. 2; 
damage to buildings, 4 slight; 1 considerable; 2 totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — The 3d alarm was given for a slight fire on roof of building, 
corner of 6th and B sts., and was unnecessary as the apparatus was close by 
at the time. No damage. 

Thursday, 12th, 8-25 P.3I. Still. 
No. 993 Tremont st. 3 stories ; wood ; 2S X 32 ; owned by E. D. 
Peters & Co. ; occupied by B. F. Callahan, as dwelling and store; loss, $5; 
originated in store; cause, kerosene lamp burning; force under command of 
Hoseman Goodwin ; companies present, Hook and Ladder No. 12 ; Hose No. 
7 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 12th, 8-50 P. 31. Still. 
No 332 Main st. 3 stories ; wood ; 13 X 30 ; owned by A. H. Allen ; oc- 
cupied by Mr. Ingalls, as dwelling ; originated in carpet on roof; cause, sparks 
from chimney ; force under command of Driver Pike ; companies present, 



46 City Document No. 59. 

Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; confined 
to building. 

Friday 13th, 7-35, 7-54 P. 31. Box 21. 

Nos. 26, 28, and 30 Bowkee st. 6 stories ; brick ; 46 X 58 ; No. 26, 
owned by Sargent & Ham; loss, $4,813; insurance, $14,500; occupied 
by Sargent & Ham, as carriages; loss, $11,822; insurance, $8,949; No. 28, 
owned by E. A. McCutcheon ; loss, $50; insurance, $5,000; occupied by 
Miss Addie Walker, as dwelling; No. 30, owned by Reuben Rice; loss, $100; 
occupied by Lizzie Murray, as dwelling; originated in basement; extended 
to roof; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7. 8, 10, 11, 25, 26, 27; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 
1, 8; Hose Nos. 3, 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, consider- 
able ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — In addition to above loss of Sargent & Ham, there was a loss 
of $12,000 on carriages owned by different parties. No insurance. 

Friday, 13th, 7-48, 7-52, 7-56 P.M. Box 49. 

Nos. 42 and 44 Summer st. 5 stories ; iron and brick ; 27 X 120 ; owned 
by M. C. Eerris ; loss, $5,050 ; insurance, $40,000 ; occupied by Lewis, Brown 
& Co.; loss, $115,793; insurance, $185,000; occupied by Seavy, Foster & 
Bowman; loss, $1,000; insurance, $101,500; damage to building, considera- 
ble. 

Nos. 46 and 48 Summer st. 5 stories ; iron and brick ; 27 X 120 ; owned 
by " heirs " of W. F. Baker; loss, $400; insurance, $23,200; damage to 
building, slight. 

Nos. 93 and 101 Arch st. 5 stories; brick and sandstone; 66 X 95 ; owned 
by Harvard College; loss, $228; insurance, $60,000; damage to building, 
slight. 

Nos. 26 and 28 Summer st. 5 stories ; brick ; 50 X 145 ; 30 to 38 Summer 
St.; 5 stories; brick; 50 X 100; owned by "heirs" of W. P. Mason; loss, 
$172; insurance, $235,000; damage to building, slight. 

Originated in basement of 42 and 44 Summer st. ; extended to roof;, cause, 
supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 22, 23, 27; Hose Nos. 3, 5, 9; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 3, 4, 7, 9 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to buildings, 
1, considerable ; 4 slight; confined to building. 

The 4 buildings slightly damaged by breakage and water. 

. Friday, 13th, 9-33 P.M. Box 37. 

No. 200 State st. 5 stories ; brick ; 25 X 65 ; owned by Mr. Savage ; 
occupied by Lane & Co., as flour store; originated on 1st floor; cause, gas 
jet setting fire to shade ; force under command of Chief Engineer ; compa- 
nies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,3,8; 
Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, none; confined to 
buiding. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Sunday, 15th, 2-21 A.M. Box 68. 

No. 17 Wareham st. 5 stories ; brick ; 50 X 164 ; owned by N. Cummings ; 
loss, $156; insurance, $17,000; occupied by Cummings, Kenney & Co., as 
lumber; originated outside of 'building ; cause, incendiary ; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 12, 15, 22, 23, 
25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine 
No. 2 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 15th, 3-15 P.M. Box 643. 

East Concord st. 2^ stories ; brick ; 50 X 60 ; owned by Homoeopathic 
Hospital Association; loss, $318; insurance, $30,000; occupied by Homoe- 
opathic Association, as hospital; originated in basement; extended to 1st 
floor ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 
4 ; Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, considerable ; 
confined to building. 



Appendix. 47 

Sunday, loth, 10-46 P. 31. Box 212. 
No. 776 Albany st. 2 stories ; wood ; 31 X 55 ; owned by S. S. Rowe et 
als»; loss, $329; insurance, f 1,000; occupied by J. Frohock & Co., as hay 
and grain ; loss, $357; insurance, $2,500; originated on 1st floor; extended 
to 2d floor ; cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 21, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4, 
12 ; Hose No. 7 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Monday, 16th, 5-57 A.M. Box 212. 
No. 776 Albany st. 2 stories; wood; 31 X 54; owned by S. S. Rowe et 
als. ; occupied by J. Frohock, as hay and grain ; originated on first floor ; 
cause, rekindling of ruins ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 21, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4, 
12 ; Hose No. 7 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 16th, 2-51 P.M. Box 153. 

No. 66 Orleans st. 2 stories ;"wood; 50 X 75 ; owned by Eastern Railroad 
Co.; occupied by J. H. Small, as hay and grain; loss, $265; insurance, 
$1,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under command ot 
Engineer Cunningham; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 16th, 4-55 P. 31. Still. 

No. 213 W. Springfield st. 4 stories ; brick ; 18 X 30 ; owned by Wm. 
Blake; loss, $23; insurance, $5,000; occupied by Mrs. Reade, as dwelling; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, defective flue; force under command 6f 
Engineer Fernald ; company present, Engine No. 23 ; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 16th, 11-25 P.M. Box 64. 

Force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 
7, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2. 

Remarks. — False alarm. 

Tuesday, 17th, 0-06 A.3I. Box 85. 

Force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
3, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical 
Engines No. 2. 

Remarks. — False alarm. 

Tuesday, 17th, 10-37 A.3I. Box 68. 
No. 572 Albany st. 1 story; wood; 25 X 40; owned by Wm. Leatherbee 
& Son; occupied by Wm. Leatherbee & Son, as lumber; originated in shed; 
cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 7, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; 
Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, none; confined 
to building. 

Wednesday, 18th, 1-53 P.M. Box 214. 

No. 1928 Washington st. 2£ stories; wood; 20X40; owned by D. 
Hamblin ; loss, $45 ; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by D. Hamblin, as dwell- 
ing; originated outside of building; extended to roof; cause, incendiary; 
force under command of Engineer Munroe; companies present, Engines Nos. 
3, 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3,4, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical 
Engine No. 3 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 18th, 3-30 P.M. Box 93. 

No. 24 Dartmouth st. 3k stories; brick; 20 X 30; owned by Barnard 
"heirs"; occupied by C. H. Trott, as dwelling; originated in basement; 
cause, boiling over kettle of wax ; force under command of Engineer Fernald ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 
12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 



48 City Document No. 59. 

Wednesday, 18th, 7-12 P.M. Box 643. 
East Concord st. 2£ stories ; brick ; 50 X 60 ; owned by Homoeopathic 
Association ; occupied by Homoeopathic Association, as hospital ; originated in 
basement ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. 3, 4 ; Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building, 

Wednesday, 18th, 0-55 P. 31. Still. 
No. 32 Marlboro' st. 3 stories; brick; 24 X 62; owned by B. P. Che- 
ney; loss, $100; occupied by B. P. Cheney, as dwelling; originated on the 
roof; cause, sparks from plumber's furnace; force under command of Fore- 
man Warren ; company present, Engine No. 10 ; damage to building, slight ; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 21st, 6, 6-21 P.M. Box 451. 
Eire in Navt-Yard. Owned by U. S. Government ; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 10, 27; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 
1 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 2 2d, 1-08 P. 31. Box 154. 

No 78 Bremen st. 2 stories; wood; 36 X 36; owned by Louis Howes; 
occupied by Hilton & Sons, as stable ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, un- 
known; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to 
building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 22d, 4-01 P. 31. Box 567. 
North Beacon st. Owned by Boston & Albany E.E. ; loss, 075; occu- 
pied by B. & A. Pt.R. Co., as bridge; originated under the bridge; cause, 
supposed incendiary; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 29; Hook and Ladder No. 11; Chemical Engine 
No. 6; damage, slight; confined. 

Tuesday, 24th, 4-20 A. 31. Still. 
Liverpool wharf. Owned by Chapin & Co. ; originated in coal-pile ; 
cause, spontaneous combustion; force under command of Foreman Frost; 
companies present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Tuesday, 24th, 7-05 A. 31. Still. 
No. 89 Oliver st. 4 stories ; granite ; 41 X 44 ; owned by W. G. Lincoln ; 
loss, $10; insurance, $15,000; occupied by C. Richardson & Co., as paints, 
oils, etc. ; loss, $5 ; insurance, $20,000 ; originated in basement ; cause, spon- 
taneous combustion ; force under command of Foreman Griffin ; companies 
present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Tuesday, 24th, 5-59 P. 31. Box 41. 
No. 47 Franklin st. 5 stoi'ies ; granite ; 52 X 108 ; owned by J. Simmons 
"heirs"; loss, $250; insurance, $100,000; occupied by Houghton, Mifflin & 
Co., as publishers; loss, $2,015; insurance, $30,000; Wm. Ware & Co. et 
als., as publishers; insurance, $46,000; Lee & Shephard, as bookstore; 
loss, $43 ; insurance, $69,500 ; originated on 4th floor ; cause, careless use 
of matches ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1,8; Hose No. 8 ; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 25th, 7-27 P.M. Still. 
No. 8 Park st. 4 stories; brick; 45X99; owned by Union Club ; occu- 
pied by Union Club, as club-house; originated in top of ventilator on roof; 
cause, sparks from furnace ; force under command of Engineer Cheswell ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 26 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, none ; confined to building. 



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Thursday, 26th, 10-45 A.M. Still. 
West First st. Originated in the street; cause, children playing with 
matches ; force under command of Driver Gowan ; company present, Hose 
No. 9. 

Thursday, 26th, 1-08 P.M. Box 19. 

No. 125 Haverhill st. 4 stories; hrick; 21 X 63 ; owned hy J. H. Lane 
" Trustee ;" insurance, $5,000 ; occupied by Cooper & Hardy, as trunk factory ; 
loss, $10; insurance, $600; originated on 3d floor; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 
25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 
1 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 26th, 6-09 P.M. Still. 
No. 2 Marston place. 4 stories; wood; 15 X 36; owned by J. B- 
O'Brien; occupied by Mrs. Lewis et als., as tenements; loss, $10; originated 
on 3d floor ; cause, children playing with matches ; force under command of 
Foreman Kimball ; company present, Engine No. 6 ; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 26th, 10 P.M. Still. 
No. 258 E. Dover st. l£ stories; wood; 18 X 25 ; owned by J. M. Beebe 
"heirs ": loss, $2; occupied by L. Shaw, as stable; originated on outside of 
building; cause, incendiary; force under command of Engineer Fernald; 
companies present, Engine No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder No. 3 ; damage to build- 
ing, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 27th, 8-50 A.M. Still. 

Hunneman st. 2\ stories; wood; 30X52; owned by J. H. Hunneman; 
insurance, $500 ; occupied by George Howe, as stable ; originated on first 
floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Driver Snow ; company 
present, Hook and Ladder No. 4 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 27th, 7-47 P.M. Pox 62. 

Columbus ave. Canvas ; owned- by Mrs. Waite ; loss, $30 ; occupied by 
Mrs. Waite et als., as place of worship; originated outside of tent; cause, ex- 
plosion of naphtha lamp ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 
5, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage, slight; confined. 

Saturday, 28th, 10-30 A. 31. Box 13. 

Nos. 17 and. 19 Ferry st. Cause, smoke from window of smoke-house mis- 
taken for fire ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; 
Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Saturday, 28th, 3-25 P.M. Box 153. 
Marginal st. 1 story ; wood ; 50 X 70 ; owned by Eastern Railroad ; 
occupied by Eastern Railroad, as machine shop ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, 
spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose 
No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 29th, 11-35 A.M. Box 69. 

Nos. 400 and 406 Albany st. Lumber ; owned by John Leatherbee and 
Chas. Bacon; occupied by J. Leatherbee, as lumber wharf; loss, $1,462; in- 
surance, $6,000; Stetson, Mosely & Co., as lumber wharf; loss, $217; insur- 
ance $8,500; Mosely & Wheelwright, as lumber wharf; loss, $58; insurance, 
$6,500; originated on Bacon's wharf; extended to Leatherbee's wharf; cause, 
incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 1, 3, 7, 15, 22, 23, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 5, 
9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 



50 City Document No. 59. 

Sunday, 29th, 1-41 P.M. Box 4. 
Nos. 45 to 49 Beverly st. 5 stories; brick; 60 X 80 ; owned by James 
Wight; loss, $110; insurance, $9,000; occupied by E. A. & O. S. Gillett, as 
carriages ; loss, $75 ; insurance, $8,000 ; D. J. Marston, as carriages ; loss, $50 ; 
insurance, $4,000 ; Hawkins & Co., machine shop ; insurance, $9,000 ; originated 
on 3d floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 
8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 

Sunday, 29th, 10-23 P. 31. Box 58. 
B. & A. Freight Yard. Owned by B. & P. R.R. ; loss, $200; origi- 
nated in unoccupied freight car ; cause, incendiary ; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies pi-esent, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose No. 9 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage 
to car, considerable ; confined to car. 

Tuesday, 31st, 11-45 A.M. Still. 

No. 10 Marion st. 2\ stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by C. L. Philips ; 
loss, $5; occupied by C. L. Philips, as dwelling; originated in cellar; cause, 
careless use of fire ; force under command of Engineman Battis ; company 
present, Engine No. 5; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 



SEPTEMBER. 



Wednesday, 1st, 4-31 A.M. Box 124. 

No. 139 West Sixth st. 2^ stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by P. O'Brien ; 
doss, $10; insurance, $1,500; occupied by P. O'Brien, as dwelling; originated 
in basement; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Brown; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; 
Hose Nos. 9, 10 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 1st, 1-21 P.M. Box 232. 

Nos. 131 and 133 Eustis st. 2h stories; wood; 33 X 40 ; No. 131, owned 
by Saml. Jepson; loss, $310; insurance, $3,000; occupied by S. Jepson, 
as dwelling; loss, $175; insurance, $500; No. 133, owned by H. Bricknell; 
loss, $85; insurance, $1,500; occupied by H. Bricknell, as dwelling; originated 
on roof; cause, overheated roofer's furnace ; force under command of Engineer 
Munroe; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 4, 12 ; Hose No. 7 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 2d, 2-29 A.M. Box 198. 

Gerrish wharf. Cause, call for assistance from Chelsea ; force under 
command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engine No. 5; Boat; 
Hose No. 4. 

Remarks. — Engine No. 8 went to Chelsea Eerry, but there being no mode 
of conveyance, they returned to quarters by order of Chief Green. 

Thursday, 2d, 9-59 A.M. Box 21. 
No. 121 Court st. 5 stories ; brick ; 52 X 60 ; owned by Appleton "heirs " ; 
Insurance, $9,000; occupied by Henry Eraiser, as cigar manufacturer; loss, 
$417; insurance, $11,000; originated on 4th story; cause, overheated stove; 
force under command of Engineer Cheswell ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 2d, 8-25 P.M. Box 72. 
No. 9 Florence st. 4 stories; brick; 20X45; owned by J. B. Butler; 
'occupied by L. McCarthy, as Strangers' Home ; originated in the yard ; cause, 



Appendix. 51 

servant burning rubbish; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 22, 23, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose 
Nos. 5, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 
Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Friday, 3d, 7-15 A.M. Still. 

No. 416 Atlantic ave. 3 stories ; brick ; 70 X 90 ; owned by David Snow ; 
occupied by Henry May & Co., as packing-house; originated on 2d floor; 
cause, overflow of gasoline ; force under command of Foreman Frost ; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; damage to building, 
none ; "confined, to building. 

Friday, 3d, 10-15 P.M. Box 142. 

No 81 Dove st. 3 stories; wood; 20X30; owned by James Mullen; 
occupied by Conners et als., as dwelling; originated on 2d floor ; cause, ex- 
plosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 15 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; 
Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Friday, 3d, 10-20 P. M. Box 119. 
No. 408 Federal st. Wharf; owned by A. D. Calef; loss, $5; insurance, 
$500 ; occupied by A. D. Calef, as coal and wood ; originated in wood pile ; 
cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 8; Hose No. 5; 
Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Saturday, 4th, 8-50 P.M. Still. 
No. 12 School st. 3 stories ; wood ; 36 X 46 ; owned by Luke Kelley ; loss, 
$30; insurance, $4,000; occupied by P. Degan, as dwelling; originated on 
2d floor; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force under command of 
Driver Hayes ; company present, Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to build- 
ing, slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 5th, 0-37 P. 31. Box 424. 
No. 3 Crimmins court. 3 stories; wood; 16 X 20; owned by Lewis Cole- 
man ; insurance, $1 ,750 ; occupied by John Heafey and Mrs. Lakin, as dwelling ; 
originated in excelsior on roof; cause, unknown ; force under command of 
Engineer Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 6th, 11-40 P. M. Still. 

Ketes wharf, Medeord st. Owned by E. Keyes ; occupied by E. Keyes, 
as coal-wharf; insurance, $5,000; originated in a coal-pile; cause, com- 
bustion of coal; force under command of Engineer Bartlett ; company present, 
Hose No. 4. 

Tuesday, 7th, 8-19 P.M. Box 69. 

No. 142 E. Dover st. 2 stories; wood; 20X60; owned by Curtis 
"heirs"; loss, $15; insurance, $200; occupied by Dennis Cronin, as junk 
store; loss, $100; insurance, $1,000; originated on ground floor; cause, 
incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 3, 7,' 15, 22, 23, 26 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; Hose 
Nos. 5, 9 ;, Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Remarks. — Engine No. 1 did not reach the fire owing to the breaking of 
an axle while on the way. 

Tuesday, 7th, 8-42, 8-47 1-2 P.M. Box 131. 

Old Harbor and Ninth sts. 1 story; wood; 15 X 30; owned by James 

Fuller; loss, $250; occupied by James Fuller, as boat-house; loss, $250; 

originated on 1st floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief 

Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 2, 3, 7, 15, 21 ; Hook and Ladder 



52 City Document No. 59. 

Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, 
totally destroyed ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — The 2d alarm was given by a police officer, and was unneces- 
sary ; " given by mistake." 

Tuesday, 7th, 4-10 A.M. Still. 

No. 287 Federal st. 4 stories ; brick ; 22 X 50 ; owned by Daniel Simp- 
son; loss, $25; insurance, $3,000; occupied by W. A. Nickerson, as junk 
store; loss, $25; insurance, $1,400; several parties, as dwelling; originated 
on 2d floor ; cause, spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Fore- 
man Marden ; company present, Engine No. 7 ; damage to building, "slight ; 
confined to building. 

Wednesday, 8th, 4-46 P.M. Box 461. 

Main st. Owned by Eastern R.R. Co.; loss, $2; occupied by Eastern 
R.R., as bridge; originated under bridge; cause, sparks from locomotive; 
force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 
8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Wednesday, 8th, 8-15 P.M. Still. 

Bowers st. Originated in vacant lot ; cause, set by boys ; force under 
command of Foreman Bolton; company present, Engine No. 24. 
Remarks. — No damage. 

Wednesday, 8th, 9-59, 10-14 P.M. Box 121. 
Boston wharf, A st. 1 story; wood; 130 X 180; owned by Boston 
Wharf Co.; loss, $2,400; insurance, $1,100; occupied by Jaynes & Co., as 
storage for barrels ; loss, $375 ; Haskins & Montague, as junk ; originated on 
1st floor ; extended to entire building ; cause, unknown ; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 21, 25, 26; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5, 8 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 2 ; damage to building, totally destroyed ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 2-23 A.M. Box 6. 

' Nos. 39, 41, 43 Barton st. 3£ stories; brick; 18 X 47; owned by John 
Gurvey "heirs"; loss, $80; insurance, $2,075; Minot "heirs"; loss, $225; 
insurance, $2,200; C. Sullivan; loss, $28; insurance, $2,500; occupied by 
J. A. Gurvey, as dwelling; Mrs. J. Lee, as dwelling; C. Sullivan, as 
dwelling; originated in No. 41 on 1st floor; extended to Nos. 39 and 43; cause, 
unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 ; Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 
1 ; damage to buildings, 2 slight, 1 considerable. 

Remarks. — The fire was confined entirely to the ells. The main buildings 
received no damage. 

Thursday, 9th, 3-13 A.M. Box 156. 
No. 17 Border st. 2£ stories ; wood ; 30 X 40 ; owned by Webb & 
Watson; loss, $500; insurance, $1,000; occupied by Webb & Watson, as 
machine shop; loss, $1,400; insurance, $3,100; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 5,9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 2-45 P. 31. Still. 
Brookline ave. Owned by Peter Cleary; loss, $45; originated in hay- 
stack ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Hoseman Rose- 
mere ; company present, Chemical Engine No. 3. 

Thursday, 9th, 11-07 P.M. Box 175. 

No. 407 Chelsea st. 24 stories ; wood ; 24 X 30 ; owned by Mrs. C. 
O'Donnell; occupied by M. Coughlin, as dwelling; originated in chimney; 
cause, chimney burning out ; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose 
No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 



Appendix. 53 

Saturday, 11th, 6 P.M. Still. 

Old Harbor wharf. Coal ; owned by Munich Beer Co. ; coal-pile ; loss, 
$10 ; originated in coal ; cause, spontaneous combustion ; force under com- 
mand of Foreman Bowers; company present, Hose No. 10. 

Sunday, 12th, 0-06 P. 31. Box 131. 

Old Harbor wharf. Wood ; owned by Choate Burnham ; loss, $5 ; orig- 
inated in wood-pile ; cause, supposed set by boys ; force under command of 
Engineer Brown ; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 15 ; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 5 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12. 

Sunday, 12th, 5-20 P.M. Still. 

No. 5 Emmett st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by C. B. Barrett; in- 
surance, $500; occupied by several families, as dwellings; loss, $50; origi- 
nated in cellar ; cause, children playing with matches ; force under command 
of Hoseman Lamphier ; company present, Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 12th, 8-10 P.M. Box 78. 
No. 582 Albany st. 1 story ; wood ; 20 X 50 ; owned by Wm. Leatherbee 
& Son ; occupied by "Wm. Leatherbee & Son, as lumber dealers ; loss, 
$2,559; insurance, $7,500; H. Snelling & Co., as coal-shed; originated in 
shed; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3, 4; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, consid- 
erable ; confined to building. 

Monday, 13th, 7-21 A.M. Box 217. 

No. 11 Sudbury place. 2£ stories; wood; 18 X 35; owned by William 
Clark; insurance, $2,000; occupied by O. J. O'Neil, as dwelling; loss, $25; 
originated on 2d story; cause, children playing with matches; force under 
command of Engineer Colligan; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 
22, 23 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12 ; Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 13th, 10-06 A. 31. Box 453. 

Nos. 550 to 554 Main st. 4 stories; wood; 30 X 70; owned by A. H. 
Allen; loss, $30; insurance, $1,000; occupied by Hugh Daly, as restaurant ; 
loss, $10; insurance, $1,500; T. S. Clark & Co., as paint-shop; loss, $63; 
insurance, $500; G.A.R. Post, as hall; originated on 2d floor; cause, un- 
known; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, En- 
gines Nos. 6, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; dam- 
age to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 14th, 8-50 P. 31. Box 4. 
No. 280 Causeway st. 1 story; wood; 65 X 75 ; owned by D. Roby & 
Co. ; insurance, $2,100; occupied by D. Roby & Co. ; originated in wood-pile; 
cause, incendiary; force under command of Engineer Cheswell; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; 
Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 15th, 9-47 A. 31. Box 325. 

Field's Corner. 3 stories ; wood ; 40 X 60 ; owned by J. H. Robinson ; 
occupied by D. J. Sewall et als., as apothecary ; cause, smoke mistaken for fire ; 
force under command of Engineer Munroe; companies present, Engines Nos. 
17, 18, 20, 21 ; Hook and Ladder No. 7. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Wednesday, 15th, 5-25 P. 31. Box 256. 

Bickford st. Owned by Mr. Jenkins ; loss, $4 ; originated in street ; cause, 
boiling over kettle of tar ; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose 
No. 7 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 3, 5. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 



54 City Document No. 59. 

Thursday, 16th, 2 P.M. Still. 
Ashland and Albion sts. 1 story ; wood ; 12 X 20 ; owned by Walli 8 
"heirs"; loss, $5; occupied by Stanwood Wallis, as machine shop; origi- 
nated on roof; cause, defective funnel ; force under command of Driver Lewis ; 
company present, Chemical Engine No. 4 ; damage to building, slight ; con- 
fined to building. 

Friday, 17th, 2-57 P.M. Box 35. 

No 4 Paek st. 5 stories; brick; 39 X 81; owned by Quincy Trustees; 
loss, $828 ; insurance, -$25,000 ; occupied by Notman & Campbell, photog- 
raphers ; loss, $4,249; insurance, $7,800; A. A. Childs & Co., pictures; 
loss, $25; insurance, $2,500; B. F. Dwight, janitor ; insurance, $800; Miss 
H. H. Lang, dressmaker; loss, $25; dwelling-house, No. 3 Park st., owned 
and occupied by John Duff; was damaged by water ; loss, $200 ; insurance, 
$35,000; originated on 3d floor ; extended to roof; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 
22, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Hoseman William M. Pierce, of Engine No. 8, was seriously 
injured by being cut on the wrist by falling glass at this fire. 

Friday, 17th, 6-44, 6-54, P. 31. Box 69. 

No. 412 Albany st. 2£ stories ; wood ; 30 X 50 ; wharf owned by 
Weymouth Savings-Bank ; loss, $10,000; insurance, $10,000; occupied by 
Blacker & Shepard, as lumber wharf and sheds; loss, $21,900; insurance, 
$22,600; originated on wharf ; extended to entire wharf and sheds; cause, 
incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 3, 4, 5,, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 9, 10; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to 
buildings and wharf, totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — Hosemen Tobey, Kelley, and Enwright, of Engine No. 25, were 
injured by falling debris. 

Saturday, 18th, 6-53 P. 31. Box 357. 

Waterloo st. 2 stories ; wood ; 30 X 30 ; owned by G. F. Marden ; 
occupied by G. F. Marden, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; cause, upset- 
ting kerosene oil ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 20; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6, 7; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Tuesday, 21st, 6-10, 6-19 1-2 P.M. Box 4. 
Boston & Maine R.R. l£ stories; wood; 45 X 357; owned by B. & M. 
R.R. Corporation ; loss, $5,230 ; insurance, $7,000 ; occupied by B. & M. 
R.R. Corporation, as freight-sheds; loss, $27,000; insurance, $33,800; origi- 
nated on 1st floor; extended to entire building; cause, ^unknown ; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 
25,26, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose Nos. 3, 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, totally destroyed ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 21st, 8-14 P. 31. Box 87. 

No. 593 Shawmut ave. 2 stories ; wood; 19 X 25 ; owned by James Tee- 
van ; unoccupied, store ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, dropping kerosene 
lamp ; force under command of Engineer Colligan : companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 4, 12; Hose Nos. 
5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no damage. 

Tuesday, 21st, 8-30 P.M. Still. 

No. 127 W. Second st. 3 stories ; wood; 20X30; owned by Barry Sul- 
livan; occupied by R. Flaherty et als., as dwelling; originated in cellar; 
cause, unknown ; force under command of Foreman Tagan ; company pres- 
ent, Hose No. 9 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 



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Tuesday, 21st, 9-38 P.M. Box 121. 

First st. Owned by New York & New England R.R. ; originated in car- 
load of wood; cause, incendiary; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; 
Hose Nos. 9, 10. 

Wednesday, 22d, 8-15 P.M. Box 176. 

Frankfort st. 2 stories ; wood ; 19 X 26 ; owned by Dennis Dorgin ; 
loss, $110; insurance, $500; occupied by Dennis Dorgin, as dwelling; loss, 
$40 ; insurance, $500 ; originated on second floor ; extended to roof; cause, 
careless use of kerosene lamp; force under command, of Engineer Dunbar; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 22d, 9-06 P.M. Box 38. 

No. 298 State st. 4 stories ; brick ; 33 X 65 ; owned by S. H. Russell, 
" Trustee" ; loss, $25; insurance, $30,000; occupied by A. Richards & Co., 
as grocers ; originated in basement ; cause, spontaneous combustion in saw- 
dust and oil ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 23d, 1-30 P. 31. Still. 

Prince st. Originated in street; cause, tar spilled in street set on fire by 
boys ; force under command of Engineer Cunningham ; company present, 
Engine No. 8. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Thursday, 23d, 1-37 P.M Box 34. 
No 75 Temple st. 3 stories; brick; 19X38; owned by Saml. Guild 
" heirs " ; loss, $35 ; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by A. Jenkins, as dwelling; 
loss, $5; insurance, $1,000; originated in basement; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, slight'; confined to building. 

Friday, 24th, 2-52 A. M. Box 513. 

Boylston st. 2 stories ; wood ; 45 X 50 ; owned by G. Page ; loss, $473 ; 
insurance, $1,000; occupied by J. Eggleston, as stable; loss, $505; insurance, 
$600 ; E. G. Rhodes, as stable ; loss, $350 ; insurance, $400 ; R. Masterton, as 
blacksmith; loss, $30; insurance, $200; N. Edson, as wheelwright; loss, $35; 
insurance, $200; originated in carriage-house; extended to entire building; 
cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Friday, 24th, 4-30 P.M. Still. 
No. 1 Culvert st. 2 stories; wood; 30X39; owned by Wm, Clark 
"heirs"; loss, $15; occupied by T. Dolan, as dwelling; loss, $1; originated 
on the roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Engineer 
Colligan; company present, Engine No. 13; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Saturday, 25th, 0-07 P.M. Box 121. 

So. Boston Dump. Originated in pond-hole filled with refuse kerosene oil ; 
cause, set on fire by boys ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 1,2, 3, 7, 15 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5 ; Hose 
Nos. 9, 10 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Remarks. — Extended to pile of lumber, owned by the Hayford Creosote 
Works, on which there was a loss of $75 ; no insurance. 

Sunday, 26th, 6-10 A. 31. Still. 
No. 588 Albany st. Wharf; owned by M. Howe ; occupied by H. Snel- 
ling & Co., as coal-wharf; loss, $2,100; insurance, $17,500; originated in coal- 



56 City Document No. 59. 

pile ; cause, spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Foreman 
Webber ; company present, Engine No. 3. 

Sunday, 26th, 6-25 P. 31. Box 38. 
No. 249 Atlantic ave. 1 story ; iron and -wood ; 40 X 50 ; owned by 
John Rice ; loss, .$500; insurance, $500; occupied by J. G. Bell, as hay-shed; 
loss, $750; insurance, $1,000; originated on 1st floor ; cause, supposed incen- 
diary; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6,7,8,25,26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chem- 
ical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 26th, 7-49 P.M. Box 415. 
B. & M. R. R. Track. Car ; owned by B. & M. Railroad ; loss, $10 ; occupied 
by B. & M. R.R., as lumber car ; loss, $15; originated in lumber ; extended 
to roof of car ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Engi- 
neer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Hook and Ladder 
No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage, slight; confined. 

Monday, 27th, 0-26 P. 31. Box 41. 

No. 32 Hawlet st. 5 stories; brick; 45 X 85 ; owned by G. N. Murch; 
occupied by C. W. Herriman, as inspector of gas-meters ; originated on 3d 
floor ; cause, boiling over kettle of wax ; force under command of Chief 
Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to build- 
ing, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no damage. 

Monday, 27th, 8-43 P.M. Box 126. 
No. 347 West Second st. 1 story ; wood ; 8 X 20 ; owned by Jeremiah 
Leary ; loss, $3; occupied by J. Leary, as wood-shed; originated in rubbish ; 
cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 7, 15 ; Hook and Ladder No. 5 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 29th, 4 P. 31. Still. 

Jackson's wharf. Owned by R. E. Jackson " heirs ;" ship-yard ; origi- 
nated in chips ; cause, children playing with matches. 
Remarks. — No damage. 

Wednesday, 29th, 7-27 P. 31. Still. 

No. 26 Stillman st. 3 stories ; wood ; 15 X 40 ; by J. J. Stone ; insur- 
ance, $2,000; occupied by several families, as dwellings; originated on 3d 
floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Cunningham; 
company present, Engine No. 8; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Thursday, 30th, 4-40 P. 31. Box 221. 

No. 13 Prentiss st. 3 stories ; wood ; 26 X 37 ; owned by J. W. Ken- 
ney; loss, $85; insurance, $3,000; occupied by Mrs. Foley et als., as dwell- 
ings; originated in basement; cause, supposed incendiary; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12 ; Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 3 ; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 



OCTOBER. 



Friday, 1st, 0-54 A.M. Box 71. 

No. 87 Village st. 4 stories; brick; 18 X 50; owned by John Rob- 
inson; loss, $7; insurance, $5,000; occupied by Mrs. Brooks et als., as 
dwellings ; originated in wood-shed ; cause, incendiary ; force under command of 



Appendix. 57 

Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 23, 26 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8, 12; Hose No. 5; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 1st, 8-16 P. 31. Box 7. 
No. 70 Barton st. Cause, smoke mistaken for fire; force under command 
of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 10 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 1 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Friday, 1st, 8-33 P. 31. Box 68. 
No. 73 and 75 Wareham st. 1 story; wood; 8 X*12; owned by J. J. 
McNutt ; occupied by New England Organ Company, as storehouse for oil ; 
originated under floor boards ; extended to inside of building ; cause, supposed 
incendiary ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 7, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose 
Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Saturday, 2d, 3-55 A. 31. Box 326. 

Exchange st., Harrison sq. 2 stories; wood; 30 X 50; owned by 
Dorchester Savings-Bank ; loss, $215; insurance, .$3,500; occupied by Geo. 
M. Lord, as grocery ; loss, $375 ; insurance, $1,350 ; Dorchester Savings- 
Bank ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of 
Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 17, 18, 20, 21; Hook and 
Ladder No. 7; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 3d, 0-43 A. 31. Box 45. 
Nos. 51, 53, and 55 Federal st. 5 stories; sandstone; 80 X 90; owned by 
G. Brewer "estate"; loss, $405; insurance, $60,000; occupied by Jones, 
McDuffee & Stratton, as crockery; loss, $4,700; insurance, $160,000; 
originated in basement; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer 
Cunningbam ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to 
building, considerable ; confined to building. 

. Sunday, 3d, 4-34 A. 31. Box 462. 
Rutherford ave., "Rear." 1 story; wood; 15 X 25; owned by Callahan 
& Lawrence; loss, $15; occupied by Callahan & Lawrence, as stable, etc.; 
loss, $120; originated in rags; extended to roof; cause, unknown; force under 
command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27 ; Hook 
and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, considerable; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 3d, 3-50 P. 31. Still. 
No. 18 Rochester st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 30; owned by Currier & 
Gallagher; loss, $5; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Mr. Gallagher et als., 
as dwellings; originated 3d floor; cause, careless use of lighted match; force 
under command of Hoseman LeEavor; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 

Sunday, 3d, 7-45 P. 31. Still. 
No. 367 Harrison ave. 4 stories ; brick ; 22 X 54 ; owned by P. H. Car- 
roll; loss, $6; insurance, $5,000; occupied by C. W. Brundage, as grocery; 
loss, $6; insurance, $1,800; originated on 1st floor; cause, a mystery; force 
under command of Foreman Abbott; companies present, Engine No. 3; Hook 
and Ladder No. 3 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 4th, 4-44 A. 31. Box 41. 
No. 131 Devonshire st. 5 stories ; granite ; 52 X 75 ; owned by Simmons' 
estate; loss, $440; insurance, $190,000; occupied by N. Y. Life Ins. Co., 
as office ; loss, $50 ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, unknown ; force under 
command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 
26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; 
damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 



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Monday, 4th, 4-44 P. 31. Box 6. 

No. 1 and 3 Livingston st. 4 stories ; brick ; 25 X 56 ; owned by James 
Stevenson; loss, $50; insurance, .$6,000; occupied by several families as 
tenements ; originated in upper story ; cause, unknown ; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10; Hook and 
Ladder No. 1; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 4th, 8-45 P.M. Still. 

Out of the city. Cause, fire out of town ; force under command of Fore- 
man Champney; companies present, Engine No. 29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 11. 

Remarks. — Foreman Champney, thinking the fire in his district, ordered 
out the apparatus ; but, finding it was out of town, he at once returned to 
quarters. 

Monday, 4th, 9-11 P.M. Box 57. 

No. 236 Harrison avenue. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 50 ; owned by L. Cole- 
man; loss, $6; insurance, $2,500; occupied by H. M. Kent, as dwelling; loss, 
$5 ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, gas-jet igniting window-curtain ; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 
25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose No. 9 ; Chemical Engine Nos. 
1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 4th, 10-25 P.M. Still. 

Main st. Owned by Boston & Maine Railroad ; occupied by B. & M. R. 
R. Co., as a bridge ; originated under the bridge ; cause, sparks from locomo- 
tive ; force under command of Foreman Tyler; company present, Hose 
No. 2. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Tuesday, 5th, 3-24 A.M. Box 451. 
Medford st., Keyes wharf. Owned by Edmund Keyes; occupied by 
Edmund Keyes, as coal wharf; insurance, $5,000; originated in coal-pile; 
cause, spontaneous combustion; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose 
Nosi 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Tuesday, 5th, 8-05 P. 31. Still. 

No. 86 Chestnut st. 3 stories ; brick ; 18 X 42 ; owned by Wm. Pigott ; 
insurance, $4,000 ; occupied by H. Thompson, as dwelling ; loss, $50 ; origi- 
nated on 3d floor; cause, gas-jet igniting window-curtain; force under 
command of Foreman Warren; company present, Engine No, 10; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 6th, 10-08 A. 31. Still. 

No. 1 So. Market st. 4 stories ; brick; 27 X 60 ; owned by Faneuil Hall 
National Bank ; occupied by L. W. Morrill & Co., as eating-house; cause, 
smoke mistaken for fire ; force under command of Engineer Cunningham ; 
companies present, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Remarks. — No fire ; needless alarm. 

Wednesday, 6th, 4-45 P. 31. Box 6. 

Nos. 1 and 4 Livingston st. 4 stories ; brick ; 25 X 56 ; owned by James 
Stevenson; insurance, $6,000; occupied by P. Dwyer et als., as tenements; 
originated in basement ; cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10; Hook and Ladder No. 
1 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; confined 
to building. 

Wednesday, 6th, 7-33 P. 31. Box 56. 

No. 190 Kneeland. st. ih stories; brick; 60 X 100; owned by M. 
Doherty; loss, $15; insurance, $30,000; occupied by T. Haney et als., as 
tenements ; originated on 4th floor ; cause, upsetting kerosene lamp ; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 
25,26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 9 ; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 



Appendix. 59 

Wednesday, 6th, 8-05 P.M. Box 19. 
Needless alarm. Cause, smoke mistaken for fire ; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1. 

Thursday, 7th, 10-06 A.M. Box 53. 
No. 48 Botlston st. 4 stories ; brick ; 40 X 60 ; owned by J. H. Wal- 
cott; loss, $5; insurance, f 20,000 ; occupied by Chas. Daly, as dwelling; 
loss, $10; originated in basement; cause, clothes too near range; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 
7, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 7th, 0-20, 0-32 P.M. Box 465. 

Cambridge st., " Bear." 3 stories ; wood ; 40 X 75 ; owned by D. H. Pet- 
tee & Co; loss, $2,000; insurance, $2,350; occupied by D. H. Pettee & Co., 
as box factory ; loss, $2,750; insurance, $2,725; O. P. Brown, trunk-maker; 
loss, $200; Geo. Peasley, furniture; loss, $1,200; insurance, $800. 

Cambridge st., "Bear." l£ stories; wood; 20 X 100; owned by Grat- 
ham & Armour ; loss, $500 ; no insurance ; occupied by Gratham & Armour, 
as kindling-wood factory ; loss, $2,000 ; insurance, $800 ; originated in boiler- 
room; extended to factory adjoining; cause, unknown; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 10, 26, 27 ; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; 
damage to buildings, 2 totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — Chief Hopkins, of Somerville, was present with Engine No. 1, 
and Hose Nos. 1 and 3, of his Department. 

Thursday, 7th, 2-20 P.M. Still. 

B. & M. B.B. bridge. Loss, $2 ; owned by B. & M. B.B. ; occupied by 
by B. &. M. R.R. Co., as bridge; originated under the bridge; cause, sparks 
from locomotive ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose No. 2 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; confined. 

Remarks. — Damage slight. 

Thursday, 7th, 6-15 P.M. Still. 
No. 702 Eifth St. 2£ stories; wood; 24X55; owned by Mr. Christie; 
occupied by Mr. Cram, as dwelling; loss, $10; originated on 2d floor; cause, 
children playing with matches; force under command of Hoseman Delano; 
company present, Hose No. 12 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 7th, 7-45 P. 31. Still. 
No. 13 Newman st. 3 stories; wood; 30 X 40 ; owned by Frank Morri- 
son; occupied by P. Hatherell, as dwelling; loss, $15; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, children playing with matches ; force under command of Hoseman 
Stanley; company present, Hose No. 10; damage to building, none; con- 
fined to building. 

Thursday, 7th, 10-48 P. 31. Box 67. 
Cause, false alarm; force under command of Chief Green; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose 
Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2. 

Friday, 8th, 11-05 A.M. Still. 

No. 31 Temple pl. 4 stories ; granite ; 27 X 100 ; owned by T. B. Wales 
estate; loss, $6; insurance, $12,500; occupied by C. E. King & Co., as 
trimmings ; loss, $125; insurance, $25,000 ; originated in basement; cause, 
careless use of lighted paper; force under command of Engineer Regan ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 8th, 11-06 A. 31. Still. 
No. 117 Hanover st. 3£ stories; brick; 25X25; owned by James H. 
Beal; occupied by M. N. Myers et als., as hats, caps, etc.; originated in 



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chimney ; cause, soot in chimney taking fire ; force under command of Fore- 
man Bickford ; company present, Hook and Ladder No. 1. 
Remarks. — No damage ; needless alarm. 

Friday, 8th, 6 P.M. Still. 
Cambridge st., "Rear." Cause, ruins of box-factory rekindling; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett; company present, Hose No. 2. 

Sunday, 10th, 5-11 A. 31. Still. 

Nos. 135 and 137 Border st. 3 stories ; brick ; 40 X 90 ; owned by 
Joseph Bennett ; occupied by A. & J. McLaren, as carpenter shop ; origi- 
nated on 1st floor ; cause, overheated boiler ; force under command of Asst. 
Engineman Hall ; company present, Engine No. 9 ; damage to building, none ; 
confined to building. 

Remarks. — Members of Engines Nos. 9 and 11, Hose No. 6, and Hook and 
Ladder No. 2, were present. 

Sunday, 10th, 9-30 A.M. Still. 

No. 9 Prentiss st. 3 stories; wood; 30X50; owned by Wm. Gold- 
smith; occupied by several families as dwellings; cause, smoke mistaken 
for fire ; force under command of Foreman Knights ; company present, En- 
gine No. 14. 

Remarks. — No fire ; needless alarm. 

Sunday, 10th, 1 P. 31. Box 356. 
Washington st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 35 ; owned by J. Henry Clapp ; 
loss, $38; insurance, $1,800; occupied by J. H. Clapp, as dwelling; loss, 
$20; originated On roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 
19 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6, 7 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 11th, 8-54 P. 31. Box 78. 
No. 588 Albany st. Owned by S. S. Rowe ; occupied by H. Snelling & 
Co., as wharf; originated in coal-pile; cause, fire in coal; had been burning 
three weeks ; force under command of Engineer Fernald ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4; Hose "Nos. 5, 7; 
Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Tuesday, 12th, 2-18 A. 31. Box 73. 

Nos. 533 and 535 Bennington st. No. 533, 2£ stories; wood; 19 X 28 ; 
owned by Thos. P. McCulpha; loss, $880; insurance, $1,000; occupied by 
T. P. McCulpha, as dwelling; loss, $209; insurance, $500; No. 535, 2 stories ; 
wood ; 18 X 24 ; owned by Alexander Hine ; loss, $250 ; insurance, $900 ; 
occupied by Alex. Hine, as dwelling; loss, $150; originated in lower floor of 
No. 533; extended to No. 535; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Engineer Dunbar ; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6 ; damage to buildings, 2 considerable. 

Tuesday, 12th, 9-40 A. 31. Box 417. 

Austin st. 1 story; wood; 12 X 14; owned by Thos. B. Brown; loss, 
$30; insurance, $100; unoccupied shop in prison yard; originated under 
floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. .6, 8, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose 
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 12th, 7-56 P. 31. Box 316. 

Cause, mysterious turning from Box No. 316; force under command of 
Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 17, 18, 21 ; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 7. 

Remarks. — False Alarm. Engine No. 17 found the Box closed, and no 
person in sight who could possibly have pulled the box. 



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Wednesday, 13th, 12-25 A.M. Still. 
No. 82 Portland st. 3 stories ; brick ; 20 X 30 ; owned by F. W. Wildes ; 
loss, $15; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Mrs. Evans, as dwelling; loss, 
$15; insurance, $1,000; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Ladderman Stevens ; company present, Hook and Lad- 
der No. 1; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 14th, 4-26 P. 31. Still. 

Chandler st. Owned by Boston & Albany R.R. ; originated in vacant lot, 
in rubbish ; cause, set by boys ; force under command of Foreman Willett ; 
company present, Engine No. 22. 

Remarks. — Rubbish ; no damage. 

Thursday, 14th, 6-40 P. M. Still. 

No. 10 A st. 3 stories ; wood ; 30 X 40 ; owned by Swan Brothers ; loss, 
$12 ; insurance, $2,000 ; occupied by Swan Brothers, as provisions ; loss, 
$10; insurance, $500; originated on 1st floor ; cause, unknown ; force under 
command of Hoseman Noonan ; companies present, Engine No. 15 ; Hose No. 
9; damaged to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 15th, 5-31 A.M. Box 182. 
Nos. 141 and 143 Sumner st. 2 stories; wood; 25 X 40; owned by Wm. 
Waters, jr. ; loss, $200 ; insurance, $500 ; Hill & Wright; loss, $140; insur- 
ance, $4,000; occupied by Wm. Waters, jr., as plumber; loss, $300; insur- 
ance, $1,500; Hill & Wright, as coopers; loss, $116; insurance, $300; 
originated on 1st floor No. 141, extended to No. 143 ; cause, unknown ; force 
under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to buildings, 1 slight, 1 
considerable. 

Friday, 15th, 10-30 A. M. Still. 

No. 3 Ai'pleton st. 3 stories ; brick ; 40 X 50 ; owned by Bailey & Jen- 
kins ; loss, $20; insurance, $15,000; occupied by A. S. Lohnes, as black- 
smith; loss, $5; originated in basement; cause, defective flue; force under 
command of Engineman Gaylord; company present, Chemical Engine No. 2; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 15th, 11-30 A.M. Still. 
No. 74 Endicott st. 3£ stories ; brick ; 20 X 35 ; owned by P. Duffy 
" heirs " ; occupied by O'Brien et als., as store, etc. ; originated in basement; 
cause, children playing with matches ; force under command of Foreman 
Childs ; company present, Engine No. 8; damage to building, none; confined 
to building. 

Friday, 15th, 10-45 P.M. Still. 

No. 21 Davenport st. 2£ stories; wood; 27 X41; owned by Home 
Savings Bank ; loss, $15 ; insurance, $2,500 ; occupied by Mrs. Brooks et als., 
as dwellings ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, upsetting kerosene lamp ; force 
under command of Foreman Green ; companies present, Hook and Ladder 
No. 12 ; Hose No. 7 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 15th, 11-30 P.M. Box 245. 

No. 1433 Tremont st. 3 stories; wood; 40 X 56; owned by R. H. 
Thompson; loss, $269; insurance, $2,500; occupied by S. H. Ford, as 
grocery; loss, $700; Knights of Honor, as lodge-room; . originated in 
grocery store; extended to lodge-room; cause, supposed incendiary; force 
under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 
13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine 
No. 3 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 16th, 5-26 P.M. Box 521. 
Union avenue. 2 stories; brick; 50 X 200; owned by B. F. Sturtevant; 
occupied by Sturtevant Blower Co., as factory; originated on 2d floor; cause, 



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ignition of naphtha from gas-jet; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 16th, 7-08 P. M. Box 24. 
No. 81 Chambers st. 4 stories ; wood; 18 X 33; owned by Albert Brown; 
loss, $50; insurance, $2,000; occupied by T. Holmes, as dwelling; loss, $25 ; 
insurance, $600; originated on 2d floor; cause, defective fireplace; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to 
building, slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 18th, 10-20 A.M. Still. 
No. 84 Gold st. 3 stories ; wood ; 25 X 40 ; owned by Morris Curry ; occu- 
pied byM. Curry et als., as dwelling; loss, $5; originated in cellar; cause, 
children playing with matches ; force under command of Driver Gowan ; com- 
pany present, Hose No. 9 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 19th, 3-48 P.M. Box 94. 
No. 311 Columbus ave. 4 stories; marble and brick; 24 X 60; owned by 
Mrs. H. Kimball; loss, $420; insurance, $6,000; occupied by Thos. Flaherty, 
as dwelling; loss, $186; insurance, $1,500; Jennie Kimball, as dwelling; loss, 
$480; insurance, $3,000; originated in cellar; extended to 2d floor; cause, 
lighted match dropped on mattress ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 22, 23 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 
12 ; Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, consider- 
able ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 19th, 6 P.M. Still. 

Winthrop sq. 5 stories ; granite ; 90 X 132 ; owned by J. M. Beebe 
"heirs"; occupied by Whitten, Burdett & Young, as clothiers; cause, acci- 
dental alarm; force under command of Foreman Frost; companies present, 
Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Remarks. — No fire ; needless alarm. 

Wednesday, 20th, 1-28 P.M. Still. 
No. 1 Erin alley. 2| stories; wood; 26 X 26; owned by D. McCarthy; 
occupied by D. McCarthy et als., as dwelling; originated in chimney; cause, 
soot taking fire ; force under command of Foreman Sherman ; company 
present, Engine No. 9 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 20th, 1-41 P. 31. Box 454. 

Alford st. Occupied by Burbank, Damon & Co., as varnish factory; 
originated in yard ; cause, boiling over kettle of varnish ; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Wednesday, 20th, 2-55 P.M. Still. 

No. 89 Northampton st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 35 ; owned by E. W. 
Galvin; occupied by Mrs. Riley et als., as dwelling; loss, $8; originated on 
roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Foreman Hussey; 
company present, Engine No. 23; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 20th, 5-22 P.M. Still. 

No. 30 High st. 2| stories ; wood ; 16 X 20 ; owned by Samuel Rice ; occupied 
by Samuel Rice, as dwelling; originated in chimney; cause, soot taking fire; 
force under command of Foreman Delano ; companies present, Engine No. 
27 ; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Remarks. — No damage. 



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Wednesday, 20th, 11-35 P.M. Still. 

Burroughs st. Owned by B. F. Ticknor ; originated in lumber pile ; 
cause, incendiary; force under command of Foreman Abbott; companies pres- 
ent, Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Thursday, 21st, 6-15 P.M. Box 441. 
No. 57 High st. 2\ stories ; wood; 18 X 30; owned by G. V. Hall; insur- 
ance, $2,000; occupied by G. V. Hall, as dwelling; loss, $20; originated on 
2d floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of 
Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Hook and Ladder 
No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Thursday, 21st, 11 P.M. Box 153. 
No. 245 Sumner st., " Rear." 2 stories; wood; 20 X 40 ; owned by Patrick 
Costello; loss, $10; insurance, $1,000; occupied by J. O'Donnell, as dwelling; 
loss, $25; originated on 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 22d, 3-30 A.M. Still. 
No. 190 Lincoln st. 3 stories ; brick ; 18 X 50 ; owned by Uriah 
Crocker; unoccupied; originated in basement; cause, incendiary; force- 
under command of Foreman Marden ; company present, Engine No. 7 ; dam- 
age to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 22d, 1-32 A. 31. Box 93. 
No. 101 West Dedham st. 2± s stories; brick; 25 X 70; owned by Hall 
& Whitten et als.; occupied by Hall & Whitten, as club stable; originated in 
hay-loft; cause, supposed careless smoker; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 22d, 10-13 A.M. Box 425. 
Med-ford st. Owned by Silas Fall "heirs"; occupied by A. F. Williams, 
as coal-wharf ; originated on staging; cause, sparks from hoisting engine; 
force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 6, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Friday, 22d, 2-29 P. M. Box 48. 
No. 571 and 573 Atlantic ave. 3 stories ; brick ; 25 X 70 ; owned by 
Robert Bishop ; loss, $100; insurance, $3,000; occupied by William Scott, 
as wool broker; loss, $500; insurance, $3,000; originated in basement; cause, 
unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 7, 15, 25, 26 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chem- 
cal Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 22d, 5-15 P.M. Still. 
No. 35 Alger st. 3 stories ; wood ; 30 X 40 ; owned by Alger estate ; 
loss, $5 ; occupied by John Noble, as dwelling ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, 
overheated stove ; force under command of Foreman Bowers ; company 
present, Hose No. 10 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 22d, 8-29 P.M. Box 29. 
No. 188 Beacon st. 5 stories; freestone; 30 X 70 ; loss, $5,246; insur- 
ance, $25,000; owned by Mrs. H. Leeds ; occupied by Mrs. Leeds, as dwelling; 
loss, $1,175 ; insurance, $14,200; originated in basement; extended to 2d 
floor ; cause, supposed carelessness of plumbers ; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 10, 22, 26; Hook and 
Ladder No. 3 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to 
building, considerable ; confined to building. 



64 City Document JSTo. 59. 

Saturday, 23d, 8 A.M. Box 431. 
No. 14 Carr st. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 30 ; owned by Five-Cent Savings 
Bank ; loss, $25 ; insurance, $900 ; occupied by Young & Kenton, as dwelling ; 
originated on 2d floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer 
Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27 ; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; 
Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 23d, 8-30 P.M. Still. 

No. 1 Hudson st. 3 stories ; wood; 20X50; owned by Mrs. McS ween ey;., 
occupied by Mr. Eckart, as dwelling; originated on 2d floor; cause, careless- 
ness, drying wool near stove ; force under command of Driver Conn ; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 27 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 2 2d, 5-35 P. 31. Still. 

Bowdoin st. 2\ stories; wood; 20 X 40; owned by Mrs. Joseph Mann; 
loss, $25 ; insurance, $1,000 ; occupied by Mrs. Joseph Mann, as dwelling ; loss, 
$10 ; cause, struck by lightning ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; 
company present, Engine No. 18; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm; no fire. 

Monday, 25th, 1-55 P.M. Box 119. 

Federal st. 1 story; wood and iron; 50 X 300; owned by Old Colony R. 
R. Co. ; occupied by Old Colony, as freight-shed ; originated under platform ; 
cause, ignition of gas; force under command of Chief Green; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 5, 8; 
Hose Nos. 5, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, none ; confined 
to building. 

Wednesday, 27th, 9-03 P. 31. Box 461. 

No. 7 Sherman st. 1 story; "wood; 40 X 110; owned by Osgood & 
Hart; insurance, $1,000; occupied by Osgood & Hart, as foundiy ; insurance, 
$1,000; originated in wood-work; cause, hot iron in contact with wood; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, none; 
confined to building. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Wednesday, -2 7th, 9-14 P. 31. Box 323. 
Commercial st. 2 stories ; wood ; 15 X 18 ; owned by L. E. H. Jones ; loss, 
$3; insurance, $2,000; unfinished dwelling ; originated in basement ; cause, 
incendiary ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 17, 18, 21; Hook and Ladder No. 7; damage to building, slight ; 
confined to building. 

Thursday, 28th, 3-13 P.M. Box 119. 

No. 409 Federal st. 3 stories; brick; 80 X 85 ; owned by G. W. & F. 
Smith; insurance, $16,000; occupied by G. W. & F. Smith, as machine 
shop; insurance, $15,000; originated on 1st floor ; cause, hot iron setting fire 
to oil; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
No. 3, 7, 15,25,26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 5,8; Hose Nos. 5, 9; 
Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Thursday, 28th, 6-28 P. 31. Still. 
No. 10 Leverett st. h\ stories; brick; 18 X 39; owned by W. G. 
Shillaber; loss, $25; insurance, $6,500; occupied by C. Kelley et als., as 
dwellings, etc. ; loss, $10 ; insurance, $1,000 ; originated in basement; cause, 
explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Foreman Kimball ; 
company present, Engine No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 28th, 11-17 P. 31. Box 523. 
Burroughs st. 1 story; wood; 8 X 12 ; owned by C. E. Farrington 
"estate"; loss, $50; insurance, $2,500; occupied by C. E. Farrington, as 



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storehouse; originated on floor ; extended to entire building; cause incendi- 
ary; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 14", 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to 
building, 1 slight; 1 totally destroyed; confined to building. 

Remarks. — The adjoining building was scorched, but did not take fire. 

Friday, 29th, 4-45 P.M. Still. 

No. 156 Tremont st. 5 stories; marble; 32 X 110; owned by J. J. 
Dixwell "heirs"; insurance, $50,000; occupied by Chickering & Sons, as 
pianos; loss, $157; insurance, $45,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, dra- 
pery taking fire from gas-jet; force under command of Engineer Regan; 
company present, Engine No. 26; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 29th, 8-20 P.M. Box 142. 

No. 125 Dove st. 2 stories; wood; 16 X 20; owned by James Skinner; 
occupied by J. Skinner, as stable; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown; 
force under command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 
1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 31st, 10-04 P.M. Box 417. 

Hart's court, off Lawrence st. 1 story ; wood ; 12 X 14 ; owned by Mrs. 
Hart; occupied by Mr. Bowman, as dwelling; originated in chimney; cause, 
soot in chimney taking fire; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9; 
Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm; no damage. 



NOVEMBER. 



Monday, 1st, 11-10 P.M. Still. 

No. 5 Stevens st. 3 stories; hrick; 18 X 25; owned by Mrs. Stone; 
loss, $170; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Mrs. A. Brown, as dwelling; loss, 
$150; originated on 2d floor; cause, upsetting of kerosene lamp; force under 
command of Foreman Hussey ; companies present, Engine No. 23; Hose No. 
5; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 2d, 2-20 A.M. Box 56. 

No. 142 Kneeland st. 31 stories; brick; 48 X 60; owned by Edward 
Bangs; loss, $100; insurance, $8,0( 0; occupied by G. F. Waldron, as machin- 
ist; loss, $95; insurance, $3,500; G. D. Buzzell, as dining saloon; loss, $50; 
insurance, $50J; W. C. Cooledge etals., various purposes; loss, $20; insur- 
ance, $10,600; originated on 3d floor; extended to attic; cause, hot coals 
from furnace; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose 
No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Tuesday, 2d, 1-40 P. 31. Still. 

Centre pl. Cause, smoke mistaken for fire; force under command of 
Foreman Abbott; company present, Engine No. 28. 

Remarks. — This alarm was needless, as the smoke was from the furnace ; 
no fire. 

Tuesday. 2d, 3-20 P.M. Still. 

Commercial st. Coal ; owned by Boston Gas Light Co. ; occupied by 
Boston Gas Co., as coal-wharf ; originated in coal-pile; cause, spontaneous 
combustion: force under command of Engineer Cunningham ; companies pres- 
ent. Engine No. 8 ; Boat. 

Remarks. — The Fire Boat was on duty at the above fire 72 hours. 



66 City Document No. 59. 

Tuesday, 2d, 11-29 P.M. Box 153. 
No. 40 Orleans st., "Rear." 2\ stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by John 
Hanson; loss, $100; occupied by Joseph Wells, as cooper; loss, $40; no 
insurance ; B. H. Hussey, as carpenter ; loss, $50 ; insurance, $300 ; originated 
on 2d story; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 2d, 11-45 P.M. Still. 

No. 145 Milk st. 4 stories ; brick; 21 X 45; owned by Tufts College; 
occupied by A. Wheeler, as paints, etc.; originated on 4th floor; cause, 
spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Foreman Griffin ; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 3d, 1-41 P. M. Box 64. 

No. 944 Washington st. 4 stories ; brick ; 32 X 74 ; owned by Boston & 
Albany R.R. Co.; loss, $350; insurance, $10,000; occupied by Seabury 
& Co., as furniture ; loss, $800 ; insurance, $1,000; Mrs. Stevens et als., as 
storage; loss, $90; insurance, $850; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown; 
force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 
7, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical 
Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 3d, 5-20 P.M. Still. 
Glen road. Force under command of Foreman Abbott ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10. 

Remarks. — Engine No. 28 responded, but could not find the fire. 

Thursday, 4th, 2-02 P.M. Box 527. 
Jamaica st. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 35; owned by Thomas Dolan ; loss, 
$100; insurance, $800; occupied by Fergus Riley, as dwelling; loss, $25; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer 
Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 5 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 5th, 0-10 A.M. Box 93. 

Montgomery and Clarendon sts. 5 stories; brick; 65 X 200; owned by 
Smith & Co.; occupied by Smith & Co., as organ; originated on 5th floor; 
cause, spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 
12 ; Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Friday, 5th, 10-51 P.M. Box 21. 

No. 107 Court st. 4 stories ; granite ; 40 X 50 ; owned by Charles 
Blanchard; insurance, $10,000; occupied by Jennie- Landers, as eating- 
house; originated on 1st floor; cause, boiling over kettle of fat; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 
25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 6th, 7-31 A. M. Box 452. 

Cause, Capt. Bartlett trying fire-alarm boxes ; force under command of 
Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Hook and Ladder 
•No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

. Remarks. — Accidental alarm given by the District Engineer while trying 
boxes. 

Saturday, 6th, 4-17 P. 31. Box 17. 

No.' 81 Blackstone st. 5 stories; brick; 25 X 75 ; owned by John Ritchie ; 
loss, $180; insurance, $5,000; occupied by M. Pond & Co., as stove dealer; 
loss, $125; insurance, $15,250; originated on 3d floor; cause, hot iron dropped 
in Japan paint ; force under command of Chief Engineer Green ; companies 



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present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose 
No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 7th, 5-30 A.M. Box 37. 
No. 10 Commercial st. 4 stories; brick; 30 X 66 ; owned by J. K. Sart- 
well et als.; loss, $148; insurance, .$12,000; occupied by J. K. Sartwell, as 
produce ; loss, $650 ; insurance, $5,000 ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, defec- 
tive range ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 
8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Tuesday, 9th, 3-20 P. 31. Still. 

Codman st. Force under command of Foreman Merrill ; companies pres- 
ent, Engine No. 16; Hook and Ladder No. 6. 

Remarks. — Fire in the wood on Codman street; no damage. 

Tuesday, 9th, 4-08 P.M. Still. 

No. 387 Columbus ave. 3 stories ; brick ; 18 X 60 ; owned by Mr. Page ; 
loss, $15; insurance, $5,000; occupied by Mr. Page, as dwelling; originated 
in basement; cause, overheated stove; force under command of Foreman 
Willett; company present, Engine No. 22; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Tuesday, 9th, 5-21 P.M. Box 531. 

Cause, fire in brush, " Ravenwood park"; force under command of 
Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 
10; Chemical Engine No. 5. 

Remarks. — No damage ; brush fire. 

Tuesday, 9th, 7-19 P.M. Box 32. 

Cause, false alarm ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 4,6,8,10; Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 1. 

Remarks. — False alarm ; no fire. 

' Tuesday, 9th, 8-14 P.M. Box 16. 
No. 9 Blackstone st. 4^ stories ; brick ; 24 X 56 ; owned by J. D. 
"Williams " heirs "; loss, $44; insurance, $8,000; occupied by J. P. & D. 
Plummer, as pickles ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, sparks from furnace in 
charcoal; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical 
Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 10th, 9-33 A.M. Box 345. 
Granite st. 1^ stories; wood; 25 X 50; owned by Geo. Turner; occu- 
pied by George Turner, as kindling-wood factory ; originated on 2d floor ; 
cause, overheated drying oven ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 18, 20 ; Hook and Ladder No. 6 ; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 10th, 8-02 P. 31. Box 213. 

Farnham st. 1 story ; wood ; 10 X 20 ; owned by C. D. Williams ; occu- 
pied by Frank Howe, as stable; originated on 1st floor in stall; cause, un- 
known ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 12, 13, 21, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 12th, 3-30 P. 31. Box 231 on Tapper. 

Cause, Exhibition alarm; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose 
No. 7. 

Remarks. — This alarm was given to determine the time taken by each 
piece of apparatus in responding to the box. 



68 City Document No. 59. 

Friday, 12th, 0-13 P.M. Box 327. 

Train st. Cause, brush set on^re by boys; force under command of 
Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 20; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 6, 7. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; given by a boy for a small pile of burning 
leaves ; no damage. 

Saturday, 13th, 10-03 P.M. Box 95. 

No. 121 Boylston st. 4 stories ; 20 X 60 ; brick ; oAvned by Dr. Lyman ; oc- 
cupied by Dr. Lyman, as dwelling; originated in shed; cause, hot ashes in 
wooden receptacle ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 
8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Remarks. — Needless ; no damage. 

Sunday, 14th, 3-45 P. 31. Box 163. 

"Wood island. l\ stories; wood; 16 X 20; owned by East Boston Land Co.; 
loss, $50; unoccupied, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; extended to 
entire building; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Engi- 
neer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hook and Ladder 
No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, totally destroyed; confined to build- 
ing. 

Sunday, 14th, 4 P.M. Box 416. 

No. 134 Main st. Cause, smoke mistaken for fire; force under command 
of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6,27; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm; no fire. 

Monday, 15th, 2-21 P. 31. Box 15. 
No. 48 Fulton st. 4 stories ; brick ; 25 X 55 ; owned by Train estate ; 
loss, $50; insurance, $3,000; occupied by J. & T. Folan, as painters; loss, 
$300; insurance, $6,000; Roby & Co., as brass founders ; loss, $550; insur- 
ance, $9,600; originated on 3d floor; cause, careless use of benzine; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 
25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 15th, 4-35 P. 31. Still. 
No. 383 Tremont st. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 40; owned by C. E. Bassett; 
loss, $15; insurance, $3,000; occupied by Clark & Ryan, as bar-room ; insur- 
ance, $5,000; originatedon 1st floor; cause, leakage of gas; force under com- 
mand of Engineman Gaylord ; company present, Chemical Engine No. 2 ; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 16th, 1-50 A.M. Box 65. 

No. 18 Seneca st. 2\ stories; brick; 20X40; owned by C. Cohen; loss, 
$143; insurance, $3,000; occupied by W. J. Downing, as grocery ; loss, $40; 
originated in basement; cause, incendiary; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 5; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Remarks. — Foreman Abbott and Laddermen Alexander, Poland, and 
Cummings, of Hook and Ladder No. 3, rescued Katie, William, and Mary 
Lehan, aged respectively 16, 18, and 20 years, by means of ladders. 

Tuesday, 16th, 0-2 P.M. Box 15. 
No. 1 1 6 Richmond st. 1 story ; wood ; 12 X 25 ; owned by Sarah L. Spear ; 
loss, $12; insurance, $5,850; occupied by Geo. H. Bond, as store; loss, $100; 
originatedon 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to build- 
ing, none; confined to building. 



Appendix. 69 

Tuesday, 16th, 0-08 P.M. Still. 
No. 155 Pctnam st. 2\ stories; wood; 19 X 30; owned by I. G. Hill; 
occupied by Albert Murch, as dwelling ; originated in chimney ; cause, chim- 
ney burning out; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; company 
present, Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 16th, 9-05 P.M. Still. 
No. 14 India square. 3£ stories ; brick ; 20 X 40 ; owned by H. D. Reed ; 
loss, $145; insurance, $3,500; occupied by J. F. Bowditch et als., as brush 
factory; loss, $400 ; insurance, $3,000; J. Kelly, as junk; loss, $20; insur- 
ance, $500 ; originated on 3d floor ; cause, careless use of naphtha ; force 
under command of Foreman Griffin ; companies present, Engine No. 25-; 
Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 17th, 9-05 A.M. Still. 

No. 471 Shawmut ave. 1 story; wood; 10X15; owned by Charles 
Smith; loss, $15; occupied by Mr. Tuttle, as office; originated on the roof; 
cause, overheated stove-funnel; force under command of Supt. of Fire 
Alarms, Flanders ; company present, Hose No. 5 ; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 17th, 2-30 P.M. Box 213. 
No. 58 Adams st., Rear. 1 story ; wood; 9X27; owned by P. Sharkey 
"heirs"; loss, $35; insurance, $2,400; occupied by John Young, as wood- 
shed ; loss, $5 ; originated in shed ; cause, hot ashes in wooden receptacle ; 
force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
12, 13, 21, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; damage to 
building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 17th, 7-18 P.M. Box 157. 
No. 105 Border st. 4 stories ; brick; 45X90; owned by Manson & 
Peterson ; occupied by J. L. Nickerson, as drug-mill ; originated on 1st floor ; 
cause, spontaneous combustion in drugs; force under command of Engineer 
Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5,9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, none; confined to building; 

Thursday, 18th, 2-43 A.M. Box 4. 
Nos. 115 and 119 Haverhill st. 5 stories ; brick; 42X63; owned by 
Theo. Mitchell; loss, $500; insurance, $7,000; occupied by C. A. Hutcliings 
et als., as saloon, etc. ; loss, $700; insurance, $1,300; originated on 1st floor 
of No. 119 ; extended to No. 115 through wooden partition ; cause, unknown ; 
force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 
8, 10, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; damage to buildings, 1 none ; 1 slight. 

Thursday, 18th, 5-40 A. 31. Still. 
Poplar st. 2 stories ; wood ; 30 X 45 ; owned by Edward Sowden ; occu- 
pied by Edward Sowden, as stable; originated in basement; cause, heating of 
barley malt; force under command of Driver Lewis; company present, 
Chemical Engine No. 4 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 18th, 0-08 P. M. Box 453. 

Bunker Hill and Baldwin sts. 4 stories ; brick; owned by City of Bos- 
ton ; occupied by City of Boston, as school-house ; cause, smoke from chim- 
ney mistaken for fire; force under Command of Engineer Bartlett; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose 
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — No fire; needless alarm. 

Thursday, 18th, 3-27 P.M. Box 17. 

No. 51 Cross st. 2 stories ; wood; 25X40; owned by W. H. Mason; 
occupied by Herman Cohen, as dwelling ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, 
broom falling on stove taking fire ; force under command of Engineer Cun- 



70 City Document No. 59. 

ningham ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to build- 
ing, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 18th, 9-58 P.M. Box 87. 

No. G9 Lenox st. 4 stories; brick; 20X35; owned by James Teevan; 
loss, $75; insurance, $4,000; occupied by J. Teevan et als., as dwelling; 
loss, $50; insurance, $1,000; originated in basement; cause, careless use of 
matches; foici under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose No. 5, 
7; Chemical Engines Nos. 2, 3; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 19th, 9-44 P.M. Box 131. 

No. 11 Knowxton st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by A. II. O'Neil ; 
occupied by A. H. O'Neil, as dwelling; originated in basement; cause, explo- 
sion of gas in stove; force under command of Engineer Brown; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 1 , 2, 15 ; Hook and Ladder IS o. 5 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; 
damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — No fire ; needless alarm. 

Saturday, 20th, 8-30 A.M. Still. 

No. 70 State st. 5 stories; granite; 35X70; owned by N. E. Mutual 
Life Insurance Co. ; occupied by several parties, as offices; cause, smoke 
from stove on 1st floor ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — No fire ; needless alarm. 

Saturday, 20th, 10-55 A.M. Still. 
No. 231 Maverick st. l£ stories; woctd; 20X30; owned by H. Stephen- 
son; occupied by G. Calhoun et als., as dwelling; originated in chimney; 
cause, soot in chimney taking fire; force under command of Engineman 
Sturtevant; companies present, Engine No. 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 20th, 9-25 and 9-38 P.M. Box 46. 
No. Ill Milk st. 5 stories; brick; 26 X 136; owned by Tufts College; 
loss, $1,183; insurance, $15,000; occupied by G. H. Dunbar, as railroad 
supplies; loss, $200; insurance, $12,000; G. H. Jones, bookbinder; loss, 
$500; insurance, $2,500; G. B. Moulton, tailor; loss, $400; insurance, 
$1,000; Steager & Co., electrotypers ; loss, $1,365; insurance, $8,000; 
Drummond & Co., tobacco; loss, $250; insurance, $10,000; F. A. Walker, 
as storage ; loss, $500 ; insurance, $500 ; originated on 3d floor ; extended to 
2d and 4th floors ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Engineer 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25, 26; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 8, 9 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; 
damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Monday, 22d, 0-07 P.M. Box 121. 
No. 179 West First st. 1 story ; brick ; 12 X 25 ; owned by J. C. Storey ; 
occupied by J. C. Storey, as still ; loss, $20 ; originated outside of still ; 
cause, leakage ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; 
Hose Nos. 9, 10 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 22d, 0-41 P. 31. Box 358. 

Welles ave. Cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer 
Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
6, 7. 

Remarks. About 3 acres of grass land were burned over, and, • several 
houses being endangered, the alarm was given as a precaution. 

Monday, 22d, 1-19 P.M. Still. 
Central wharf. Owned by Central Wharf Corporation ; occupied by 
Freeman & Co., as storage; loss, $100; insurance, $2,300; originated in 



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bales of cotton on truck; cause, supposed careless smoker; force under 
command of Foreman Frost; companies present, Engine No. 25; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Monday, 22d, 5 P. M. Box 342. 
Cor. Wood and Walnut sts. 3 stories ; wood; 30 X 40; owned by T. F. 
Temple ; loss, $25 ; insurance, .$5,000 ; occupied by T. F. Temple, as dwell- 
ing; loss, $75; insurance, $3,250; originated on 1st floor; cause, children 
playing with fire ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 20; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6, 7; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 22d, 5-05 P.M. Box 534. 

Canterbury st. Cause, fire in grass ; force under command of Engineer 
Rogers; companies present, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no damage. 

Monday, 22d, 10-20 P.M. Still. 
No. 105 West Broadway. 2\ stories; wood; 25 X 37; owned by Julius 
Adams; loss, $70; insurance, $4,000; occupied by Julius Adams, as dwelling; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, defective flue ; force under command of Driver 
McAllister; company present, Engine No. 15; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Tuesday, 23d, 10-46 A.M. Box 434. 
No. 101 Decatur st. 3 stories ; brick ; 18 X 30; owned by Mrs. Houghton; 
occupied by Mrs. Daley, as dwelling; originated in chimney; cause, soot 
in chimney taking fire; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 
1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 23d, 6-41 P.M. Box 356. 
Norfolk st. and Wheatland ave. Grass fire ; cause, sparks from 
locomotive; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18, 19; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6, 7. 

Tuesday, 23d, 7-10 P.M. Box 42. 
Tremont st. 2 stories; brick; 30 X 54 ; owned by Trustees Sears Fund; 
loss, $350; insurance, $5,000; occupied by St. Paul's Society, as chapel; 
originated on 2d floor ; cause, defective wood-work near furnace ; force under 
command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 
26: Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 24th, 8-45 A.M. Still. 
Freeman place. 1 story; brick; 30 X 50; owned by C. U. Cotting; 
occupied by French Catholic Soc, as chapel; originated in chimney; cause, 
defective chimney; force under command of Foreman Smith; company 
present, Engine No. 4; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 24th, 6-15 P.M. Box 328. 
Ericson st. 1| stories; brick; 30X100; owned by Putnam Nail Works ; 
occupied by Putnam Nail Works, as gas works ; originated on roof ; cause, 
overheated stove-pipe ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; compa- 
nies present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 20; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6,7; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 25th, 3-52, 4-01 A.M. Box 238. 
Swett st. Wood and brick ; 50 X 60 ; 21 X 57 ; 25 X 125 ; 25 X 40 ; 20 X 40 ; 
25X40; 6 buildings, owned by E. A. White; loss, $3,000; Otis Shepard, 1 build- 
ing; loss, $40; occupied by Laming & Drisko, as mill, etc. ; loss, $7,088; 
insurance, $4,000; O. H. Drisko, as box factory; loss, $500; J. C. Phillips, 
as junk dealer ; loss, $20 ; originated on 1st floor ; extended to other buildings ; 



72 City Document No. 59. 

cause, unknown; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14, 21, 23, 24; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7, 10; Chemical Engines Nos. 
3, 5 ; damage to buildings, 1 slight ; 2 considerable ; 5 totally destroyed. 

Thursday, 25th, 9-42 P.M. Box 213. 

No. 67 Yeoman st. 1\ stories; wood; 40X57; owned by C. K. Wilson; 
occupied by Patrick Boyle, as dwelling; originated in chimney; cause, soot 
in chimney taking fire ; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; compa- 
nies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 21, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; 
Hose No. 7 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 27th, 9-50 A.M. Box 163. 

No. 178 Bremen st., "Rear." 3 stories ; wood ; 17 X 42 ; owned by Dennis 
Marian; loss, $10; insurance, $ 1,000 ; occupied by Dennis Marian, as dwell- 
ing ; loss, $15 ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, children playing with matches ; 
force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
5,9, 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 28th, 3-26 A. 31. Box 67. 

No. 761 Washington st. 3 stories ; brick ; 24 X 80 ; owned by Thomas 
Wigglesworth ; loss, $359 ; insurance, $9,000; occupied by James McKay, as 
crockery; loss, $650; insurance, $3,500 ; Snow & Haseltine, as carriages; 
insurance, 2,500 ; originated in basement ; cause, unknown ; force under 
command of Engineer Fernald ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 
22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 28th, 5-30 P. M. Still. 

No. 58 East Newton st. 4 stories ; brick ; 22 X 40 ; owned by Mr. Kelley ; 
occupied by J. Levy, as dwelling ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, overheated 
furnace-pipe ; force under command of Hoseman LeEavor ; damage to build- 
ing, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 28th, 9-15 P.M. Still. 

No. 106 George st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Thomas 
Eatican ; occupied by Thomas Ratican, as dwelling; originated on 2d floor ; 
cause, carelessness, — shavings in hot-air pipe ; force under command of Fore- 
man Riley ; company present, Engine No. 12 ; damage to building, none ; 
confined to building. 

Monday, 29th, 7-34 A.M. Still. 

No. 18 Bowker st. 3 stories ; brick ; 30 X 35 ; owned by W. H. 
Wentworth; insurance, $2,000; occupied by W. H. Wentworth, as marble 
works; insurance, $3,500 ; originated in basement; cause, gas explosion from 
lighted match ; force under command of Foreman Smith ; company present, 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 30th, 0-20 P.M. Box 164. 

Marginal st. 1\ stories ; wood; 22 X 40; owned by Simpson Dry Dock 
Co.; loss, $600; occupied by Joseph Hancock, as storage; loss, $150; C. 
Decher, as storage; loss, $100; William Davis, as storage; loss, $75; origi- 
nated on 1st floor ; extended to entire building ; cause, unknown ; force under 
command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; 
Boat ; Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, considerable ; 
confined to building. 



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DECEMBER. 

Wednesday, 1st, 11-52 P.M. Box 63. 

No. 123 Commonwealth ave. 4- stories ; freestone; 22 X50; owned by 
E. B. Kendall; loss, $950; insurance, $20,000; occupied by E. B. Kendall, 
as dwelling; loss, $1,455; insurance, $5,000: originated on 3d floor ; cause, 
gas-jet igniting window-curtain ; force under command of Cbief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 
12; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 4th, 7-59 P.M. Box 421. 

Fitchbitrg R.R. yard. Car; cause, smoke from car; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1,9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Sunday, 5th, 11 A. 31. SHU. 
No. 76 High st. 3 stories ; brick ; 25 X 50 ; owned by T. Richardson ; 
occupied by T. Richardson, as dwelling; originated in lower story; cause, 
boiling over of kettle of fat; force under command of Engineman Brackett; 
company present, Engine No. 27 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 6th, 8-01 P.M. Box 65. 

Nos. 88 and 90 Lehigh st. 2 stories; wood; 26X50; No. 88, owned 
by Wm. S. Perry "heirs "; No. 90, iTy W. E. Gutterson ; loss, $500; insur- 
ance, $1,100; No. 88, occupied by A. Ceppi & Co., as lumber; loss, $1,411; 
insurance, $1,500; No. 90, by W. E. Gutterson, as lumber; insurance, 
$1,000; originated on 1st floor; extended to 2d floor; cause, incendiary; 
force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 
15, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine 
No. 2; damage to buildings, 1 none, 1 considerable. 

Wednesday, 8th, 8-26 P.M. Box 364. 

Millett st. 2 stories; wood; 30 X 30 ; owned by Patrick McCormack; 
loss, $200; insurance, $2,000; occupied by P. McCormack, as dwelling; 
loss, $275; insurance, $800; originated in basement; extended to roof; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 16, 17, 18; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6, 7; damage to 
building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 2-45 A. 31. Still. 

Keyes' wharf, Medford st. 1 story; wood; 50 X 400 ; owned by 
Edmund Keyes ; loss, $25; occupied by Edmund Keyes, as coal-shed; loss, 
$833; insurance, $11,000; originated in coal-pile; extended to shed ; cause, 
spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; com- 
pany present, Hose No. 4; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 7-52 A. 31. Box 12. 
Cooper st. 3 stories ; brick ; 50 X 70 ; owned by Boston College Trus- 
tees ; loss, $200; insurance, $10,000; occupied by St. Mary's Parish, as 
school; originated in basement; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 25, 26; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 5-06 P. 31. Box 131. 
No. 2 Mt. Washington place. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by W. S. 
Tufts ; occupied by Mrs. Urick et als.. as dwelling ; originated in second story ; 



74 City Document No. 59. 

cause, upsetting kerosene lamp; force under command of Engineer Brown; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose 
Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 6-26 P. M. Still. 

No. 10 Prentiss st. 2\ stories; wood; 21 X 30; owned by John Fisher; 
occupied by John Fisher, as dwelling; originated in chimney ; cause, soot in 
chimney; force under command of Engineer Colligan; company present, 
Hook and Ladder No. 12 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 10-05 P.M. Still. 

No. 21 Kenilworth st. 2£ stories ; wood; 31 X 38 ; owned by A. W. 
Dewey "heirs"; loss, $15; occupied by Sibley Hedges, as dwelling; 
insurance, $3,000; originated on upper floor; cause, defective flue; force 
under command of Foreman Knights ; company present, Engine No. 14 ; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 9th, 11-33 P.M. Box 575. 

School st. 2 stories; wood; 30 X 38 ; owned by City of Boston; occu- 
pied by City of Boston, as school; originated on first floor; extended to 
second floor; cause, defective chimney; force under command of Engineer 
Colligan; companies present, Engine No. 29; Hook and Ladder No. 11; 
Chemical Engine No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 10th, 10-10 A.M. Still. 

Ellsworth place. 2J stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by James Clasby; 
occupied by J. Ward, as dwelling; loss, $30; originated on 1st floor; cause, 
children playing with matches; force nnder command of Driver Wilson; 
company present, Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Friday, 10th, 5-27 P.M. Box 461. 

No. 26 Kingston st. 3 stories; wood; 18 X 30; owned by J. Rawson ; 
loss, $111; insurance, $2,500; occupied by G. Moody, as dwelling; loss, $25; 
F. Smith, as dwelling; loss, $25; insurance, $800; originated on 1st floor; 
extended to roof; cause, defective chimney; force under command of En- 
gineer Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
9; Hose Nos. I, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, considerable; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 10th, 10-24 P.M. Still. 

No. 169 Cambridge st. 4 stories; brick; 30 X 100; owned by Edward 
Bangs "Trustee"; loss, $100; insurance, $25,000; occupied by Southern 
Produce Co.; loss, $61; insurance, $1,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, 
overheated stove ; force under command of Hoseman Gargan ; company 
present, Hose No. 8 ; damage to building slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 11th, 10-07 A.M. Still. 
No. 117 Water st. 3 stories; brick; 25 X 48; owned by Wheelwright 
"heirs " ; occupied by M. D. Holbrook & Co., as wine store ; originated on 3d 
floor ; cause, ignition of rubber cement from lamp ; force under command of 
Foreman Griffin ; companies present, Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
8 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 11th, 8-41 P.M. Box 79. 
No. 231 Marlboro' st. i\ stories; brick; 20 X 50; owned by D. R. 
Whitney; loss, $75; insurance, $8,000; occupied by Walter Burgess, as 
dwelling; loss, $50; insurance, $5,000; originated in basement; cause, care- 
less use of matches; force under command of Chief Green; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose 
Nos. 5, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 



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Sunday, 12th, 10-55 A.M. Still. 

No. 96 Salem st. 4 stories; brick; 19 X 37; owned by Dennis Bonner, 
occupied by Dennis Bonner, as dwelling; loss, .$10; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer Cunningham ; company 
present, Engine No. 8; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 12th, 11-28 A.M. Still. 

No. 46 Beacon st. 4 stories; brick; 23 X 60; owned by E. D. Jordan; 
occupied by E. D. Jordan, as dwelling; originated in chimney; cause, soot 
in chimney taking fire ; force, under command of Engineman Gilbert; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 10; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 13th, 10 P.M. Still. 

No. 100 Appleton st. 4 stories; brick; 18 X 40; owned by Jacob De 
Wolfe ; loss, §17 ; insurance, §6,000 ; occupied by Jacob DeWolfe, as dwelling ; 
originated in basement; cause, hot coals from grate; force under command of 
Hoseman Poor; company present, Engine No. 22; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Tuesday, 14th, 9-36 P.M. Box 44. 

No. 230 Washington st. 5 stories; granite; 20 X 120; owned by James 
H. Carleton et ah. ; occupied by "Daily Globe" as office; originated in base- 
ment; cause, ignition of chemicals; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 
1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; 
confined to building. 

Wednesday, 15th, 4-25 P. 31. Still. 

No. 2 Litchfield's court. 2 stories ; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Samuel 
H. Loud: occupied by J. Clarke, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; cause, 
explosion of kerosene lamp; force under command of Supt. of Fire-Alarms 
Flanders; companies present, Engine No. 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 16th, 2-12 A.M. Box 36. 

City Hall, Boston. 7 stories; granite; 75 X 135; owned by City of Boston; 
occupied as storehouse for waste paper ; originated in basement; cause, un- 
known; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25; 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical 
Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, very slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 16th, 6-51 P.M. Box 4. 
No. 198 Causeway st. 1 story; wood; 10 X 90; owned by-L. Lovejoy & 
Co.; loss on B. & C, §250; insurance on B. & C, $20,000; occupied by L. 
Lovejoy & Co., as lumber-shed; originated in shed; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 
25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 17th, 6-58 A.M. Box 151. 

National dock. Owned by Boston Tow Boat Co.; loss, §50; occupied by 
Boston Tow Boat Co., as elevator; originated in boiler-room; cause, explosion 
of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; 
damage, slight ; confined. 

Remarks. — The elevator was used for hoisting and lightering grain. 

Friday, 17th, 5-45 P.M. Still. 
O. C. Eailroad yard. Lumber; owned by O. C. Railroad; occupied as 
lumber car; loss, §5; originated in car; cause, incendiary; force under com- 
mand of Hoseman McWhirk ; company present, Engine No. 15. 



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Friday, 1 7th, 9-25 P. M. Still. 
South Boston dump. Cotton ; owned by Pepperell Manufacturing Co. ; 
originated in cotton; cause, rekindling; force under command of Foreman 
Frost ; companies present, Engine No. 25 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Saturday,- 18th, 11-03 A.M. Box 157. 
No. 89 Liverpool st. 24 stories; wood; 16 X SO; owned by Mary J. Col- 
bert; occupied by D. M. Neil et als., as dwellings; originated in chimney; 
cause, soot in chimney burning out; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 18th, 2-44 P.M. Box 17. 
No. 97 North st. 4 stories; granite; 40X60; owned by Thorndike 
"heirs"; loss, $25 ; insurance, $4,000 ; occupied by Seavy & Co., as ware- 
house ; insurance, $20,000; originated in basement; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 
25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder, Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 18th, 5-27 P.M. Box 121. 
N. Y. & N. E. Railroad. Occupied by Robert Bishop, as cotton car; loss, 
$300; insurance, $25,000; originated in cotton ; cause, supposed incendiary ; 
force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 
3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10. 

Saturday, 18th, 5-37 P.M. Box 57. 
No. 77 Oak st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 40 ; owned by Joshua Sears "es- 
tate"; loss, $10; insurance, $3,000; occupied by M. Murphy, as dwelling; 
originated in basement; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 7, 25, 26; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Saturday, 18th, 6-50 P.M. Box 121. 
Richards st. 1 story; wood; 15 X 20; owned by Mills & Sons ; loss, $80; 
insurance, $3,000; occupied by Mills & Sons, as cooper shop; loss, $350; in- 
surance, $7,000 ; originated on 1st floor ; extended to roof; cause, supposed 
incendiarv ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 
9, 10 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 18th, 9-01 P.M. Box 47. 
No. 436 Atlantic ave. Owned by City of Boston ; occupied by H. E. 
Woodward & Co., as commission fish dealers; loss, $193; insurance, $20,000; 
originated i» lumber on wharf ; cause, incendiary; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25. 26; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. A, 1,8; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2. 

Sunday, 19th, 10-20 P.M. Box 546. 
Baker-st. place. l£ stories; wood; 15X30; owned by John Gately ; 
loss, $160; insurance, $1,000; occupied by John Gately, as dwelling; origi- 
nated on 2d floor; extended to roof of ell; cause, unknown; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engine No. 28 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7 ; damage to building, consider- 
able ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 21st, 3-15 A.M. Still. 
N. Y. & N. E. Railroad. Originated in car loaded with cotton ; cause, re- 
kindling; force under command of Driver Gowan; company present, 
Hose No. 9. 

Tuesday, 21st, 5-18 A.M. Box 59. 
No. 277 Federal st. 1 story ; brick ; 27 X 35 ; owned by Parker "heirs " ; 
loss, $15; occupied by McCort & Harrigan, as blacksmith shop ; loss, $12; 



Appendix. 77 

originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 2G; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 21st, 3-26 P. 31. Box 47. 

No. 15 Wendell st. 4 stories; brick; 18 X 30; owned by John Foster; 
loss, $100; occupied by Mr. Robinson, as foundery ; loss, $75; originated on 
2d floor; cause, defective furnace; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Tuesday, 21st, 5-17 P.M. Box 23. 

Nos. 7 and 9 Temple st. 4 stories; brick; 24 X 34; owned by G. W. 
Stackpole and M. G. Fogg; loss, $200; insurance, $5,000; loss, $85; insur- 
ance, $5,000; occupied by E. A. Hicks and G. F. McDonald, as dwellings; 
insurance, $1,200; originated on 1st floor of No. 7; extended to 1st floor of 
No. 9 ; cause, overheated furnace ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to buildings, 2 slight; 
extended to other buildings. 

Wednesday, 22d, 11-35 A.M. Still. 

No. 1 Murray court. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 40 ; owned by M. Coyle ; occu- 
pied by M. Coyle et als., as dwellings ; originated on 2d story; cause, boiling 
over of meat pot; force under command of Driver Conway; companies pres- 
ent, Engine No. 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2; damage to building, none; con- 
fined to building. 

Wednesday, 22d, 1-26 P. 31. Box 241. 
No. 219 Warren st. 3 stories; brick; 20 X 40 ; owned by E. C. Harris; 
loss, $150; insurance, $7,000; occupied by E. C. Harris, as dwelling; loss, 
$100; originated on 3d floor ; cause, gas-jet igniting wood-work and curtain; 
force under command of Engineer Munroe; companies present, Engines Nos. 
12, 13, 14, 24; Hook and Ladder No. 4; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 
5; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 22d, 5-25 P.M. Box 65. 

No. 254 Albany st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Furber & Bailey ; 
occupied by Furber & Bailey, as lumber; originated on 1st floor; cause, in- 
cendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 5; Chem- 
ical Engine N<j. 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Thursday, 23d, 5-10 A. 31. Box 79. 

Commonwealth ave. 5 stories; brick; 20 X 60; owned by William 
Mathews; loss, $575; insurance, $8,000; unoccupied dwelling; originated on 
1st floor; extended to 3d floor; cause, overheated furnace; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 10, 22, 26; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; 
damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 23d, 6-23 P. 31. Still. 
Fitchburg R.K. Occupied by Fitchburg R.R., as car ; originated in car 
loaded with potatoes ; cause, overheated stove ; force under command of Fore- 
man King ; company present, Hose No. 3. 

Friday, 24th, 1-03 A. 31. Box 546. 

Baker pl. 1^ stories; wood; 15 X 30; owned by John Gateley; loss, 
$1,000; insurance, $1,000; occupied by John Gateley, as dwelling; loss, 
$100; insurance, $200; origin, unknown; extended to entire building; 
cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Engineer Hewiris; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 4, 7 ; damage to building, totally destroyed; confined to building. 



78 City Document No. 59. 

Friday, 24th, 2-01 P.M. Box 461. 

Mystic ave. Owned by Water Board; originated in box of hay; cause, 
unknown; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, 
Engines No's. 8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Friday, 24th, 9-33 P.M. Box 121. 
N.Y. & N.E. R.R. track. Loss, $100; occupied by R. Bishop, as cot- 
ton car; loss, $100; originated in car-load of cotton; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Engineer Brown ; companies present, Engines Nos. 1,2, 
3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10. 

Friday, 24th, 10-03 P.M. Box 36. 

No. 21 Tremont row. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 80; owned by C. F. Mc- 
Clure ; occupied by Bailey & Co., as store; originated on 1st floor; cause, 
carelessness; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, En- 
gines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Saturday 25, 6-56 P.M. Box 164. 

No. 188 Marginal st. 3 J stories; wood; 24X24; owned by J. S. 
Slattery; loss, $69; insurance, 2,500 ; occupied by Kendrick Mclnness, as 
store and dwelling; loss, $60 ; originated on 1st floor; cause, explosion of 
kerosene lamp; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 26th, 0-30 P.M. Still. 
No. 161 High st. 4 stories; sandstone; 20 X 60; owned by C. G. Chase; 
loss, $15; insurance, $17,500; occupied by Abbott Downing & Co., as store- 
house; originated on 1st floor ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under com- 
mand of Foreman Frost; company present, Engine No. 25; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 27th, 7-22 P.M. Still. 

No. 61 Prince st., "Bear". 4 stories; brick; 19 X 33; owned by James 
Haley; loss, §22; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Mrs. B. Blackruan, et als., 
as tenement ; loss, $25; originated on 1st floor; cause, upsetting kerosene 
lamp; force under command of Engineer Cunningham; company present, 
Engine No. 8; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 28th, 7-22 P. 31. Still. 
No. 24 Thatcher st. 3 stories; wood; 19X33; owned by Hannali 
Gargole ; loss, $75; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Louisa Varney, as dwell- 
ing; loss. $75; originated on 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Cunningham; company present, Engine No. 8; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 28th, 0-51 P.M. Box 65. 

No. 994 Washington st. 4 stories ; brick; 45X55; owned by Lawrence 
"heirs"; loss, $488; insurance, $5,000; occupied by G. Ryan et als., as store, 
dwelling, etc. ;■ loss, $182; insurance, $1,900; originated on 2d floor; ex- 
tended to roof; cause, incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3,8; Hose No. 5; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Wednesday, 29th, 1-58 P.M. Box 126. 

No. 184 West Third st. 4 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Mrs. 
Sline; loss, $10; insurance, $2,500; occupied by John McQuade et als., as 
tenements; originated in cellar ; cause, children playing with matches ; force 
under command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 



Appendix. 79 

7, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 
Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Wednesday, 29th, 5-59 P.M. Box 221. 

No. 35 Dunlow st. 2 stories ; wood ; 13 X 28 ; owned by Metropolitan 
R.R. Co.; occupied by Patrick Cayney, as barn; originated on 1st floor; 
extended to 2d floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 3; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 29th, 7-50 P.M. Still. 

Corner of Merrimac and Causeway sts. 5 stories ; brick ; 35 X 00 ; 
owned by Thomas Wigglesworth; insurance, $6,000; occupied by Messer & 
Co. et als., as furniture manufactory; insurance, $5,000; originated on 
1st floor; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engine No. 6; Hook and Ladder No. 1; damage to building, none; 
confined to building. 

Thursday, 30th, 10-50 A.M. Still. 
No. 1017 Tremont st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 31 ; owned by Dennis 
Lucey ; occupied by P. M. Eloke, as store and dwelling; originated in cellar; 
cause, rags in chimney hole ; force under command of Driver Barrus ; com- 
pany present, Hook and Ladder No. 12; damage to building, none; confined 
to building. 

Thursday, 30th, 8-15 P.M. Still. 

No. 147 Mt. Pleasant ave. 3 stories; wood; 28 X 40; owned by A. H. 
Nichols; loss, $15; occupied by Mrs. Bolton, as dwelling; originated on 2d 
floor ; cause, defective grate ; force under command of Foreman Riley ; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 12 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 31st, 9-35 A.M. Box 576. 
North Beacon st. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 20 ; owned by Mrs. Ella Mor- 
gan; loss, $20; insurance, $800; occupied by Thos. Frizzell, as dwelling; 
loss, $5; originated on 2d floor; extended to 1st floor; cause, defective chim- 
ney; force under command of Engineer Colligan; companies present, Engine 
No. 29; Hook and Ladder No. 11; Chemical Engine No. 6; damage to build- 
ing, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 31st, 10-15 A.M. Still. 

No. 10 Monument sq. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 45 ; owned by J. J. Pierce; 
loss, $25; insurance, $8,000; occupied by J. J. Pierce, as dwelling; insurance, 
$6,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, defective grate; force under command 
of Driver Conn; company present, Engine No. 27; damage to building, slight;, 
confined to building. 

Friday, 31st, 10-20 A.M. Still. 

No. 5 Meander st. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 40 ; owned by Mrs. Little ; 
loss, $20; insurance, $1,200; occupied by Mrs. Little et als., as dwellings; 
originated on 2d floor; cause, thawing out water-pipes ; force under command 
of Engineer Fernald ; companies present. Engine No. 3 ; Hook and Ladder 
No. 3, and Dunham Hose ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 31st, 10-55 A.M. Box 65. 

No. 17 Pine st. 4 stories; brick; 18 X 40; owned by Mr. Sheldon; loss, 
$3 ; insurance, $2,500 ; occupied by E. Richmond, as lodging house ; insurance, 
$1,000; originated in basement; cause, thawing out water-pipes; force under 
command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 26; 
Hook ;ind Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 5; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 



80 City Document No. 59. 

Friday, 31st, 3-12 P. 31. Still. 
No. 1201 Tremont st. 5 stories; brick; 30 X 40 ; owned by Neil Kenney; 
occupied by Neil Kenney, as store and dwelling; originated in cellar; cause, 
thawing out water-pipes; force under command of Foreman Freeman; com- 
pany present, Engine No. 13; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Friday, 31st, 4-41 P.M. Box 424. 
No. 12 Princeton st. 3 stories; wood; 18 X 30; owned by Amos Stone; 
loss, $90; insurance, $900; occupied by Mr. Conner, as dwelling; originated 
around tbe chimney; extended to 3d floor; cause, defective flue; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 
27 ; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Friday, 31st, 9-30 P.M. Still. 
No. 6 Faxon st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 32; owned by Timothy McCarthy; 
occupied by several families, as dwellings; originated in chimney; cause, soot 
in chimney taking fire; force under command of Foreman Knights; company 
present, Engine No. 14; damage to building, none; confined to building. 



JANUARY, 1881. 

Saturday, 1st, 1-04 A.M. Box 462. 
No. 31 Essex st. 3 stories; brick; 18X25; owned by M. Lilly; loss, 
$4(>0; occupied by Mrs. M. Lilly, as dwelling; loss, $50; J. Carroll, as 
dwelling; loss, $25; originated on 1st floor; extended to roof; cause, 
unknown; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 6, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage 
to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Saturday, 1st, 8-36 P. M. Box 68. 

No. 1 Bush place. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 30; owned by Boston Cooper- 
ative Association ; occupied by L. Donnelly, as dwelling; loss, $5; originated 
on 2d floor; cause, careless use of matches; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Remarks. —Needless alarm. 

Saturday, 1st, 11-23 1-2 P.M. Box 461. 
Dorrance and Arlington sts. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 30 ; owned by Reed 
and Sawin ; loss, $75; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Patrick lingers, as 
store and dwelling; loss, $192; insurance, $1,500; originated in store; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 2d, 4-59 A.M. Box 35. 
No. 3 Beacon st. 4£ stories; brick; 27 X 50; owned by J. L. Gardner; 
loss, $2f>9 ; insurance, $40,000 ; occupied by Otis Clapp & Son, as apothecary; 
loss, $741 ; insurance, $7,800: originated in basement; extended to 2d floor; 
cause, hot ashes in wooden receptacle ; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, f>, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 
1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 2d, 5-10 A.M. Still. 

No. 5 Baldwin st. 2 stories; wood; 20X40; owned by Wm. Childs 
"heirs"; loss, $50; occupied by Bell & Co., as tinshop; originated on first 
floor; cause, overheated furnace; force under command of Foreman Tagan ; 
companies present, Engine No. 15; Hose No. 9; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 



Appendix. 81 

Sunday, 2d, 4-51 P. 31. Box 462. 

Force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 
27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 
Remarks. — No fire ; false alarm. 

Sunday, 2d, 7-03 P. 31. Box 27. 

No. 132 Cha'rles st. 1 story; wood; 40 X 110; owned by L. G. Burn- 
ham & Co. ; loss, .$50; insurance, $3,700; occupied by L. G. Burnliam & Co., 
as coal-shed; originated on staging; cause, unknown; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 10, 22, 2G ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1, 3; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 2d, 8-26 P. 31. Box 43. 
No. 65 Temple place. 4 stories ; granite ; 42 X 45 ; owned by Charles 
Blake ; loss, $248 ; insurance, $40,000 ; occupied by James Lattimer, as fancy 
goods; loss, $651; insurance, $1,000; C. A. Quincy, dye-house ; loss, $35; 
insurance, $1,000; J. J. Grace, millinery; loss, $400; insurance, $4,000; 
London Glove Co., gloves; loss, $200; insurance, $5,000; J. S. Healy, 
candies; loss, $158; insurance, $1,400; M. E. Gammon rfa/s., hair work, 
etc.; insurance, $8,900; originated in basement; cause, gas-jet in contact 
with wood-work ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1,2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

, Monday, 3d, 8-01 and 8-06 A.3T. Box 452. 

Keyes' wharf, 241 and 243 Medfoed st. 2 stories; wood; 40 X 40 and 
21 X 45; owned by James Keyes ; loss, $950; occupied by James Holman, 
as junk store; loss, $150; Charles McConnerly, as junk store; loss, $1,650; 
insurance, $2,000; James Keyes, as coal office; originated in Holman's junk 
store ; extended to Keyes' coal office ; cause, unknown ; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 10, 26, 27; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1,9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; damage to building, considerable. 

Remark's. — Hose No. 1 of Somerville was present at this fire. 

Monday, 3d, 9-03 A. 31. Box 15. 

No. 69 Clinton st. o stories; granite; 30X80; owned by Edmund 
Quincy " estate" ; loss, $2; insurance, $12,500; occupied by Moore, Smith & 
Co., as produce; originated in basement; cause, thawing water-pipes; force 
under command of Engineer Cunningham; companies present, Engines Nos. 
4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; daYnage to building, very slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 4th, 0-35 A. 31. Still. 

No. 33 Albany st. 4 stories ; brick; 20 X 50 ; owned by John Sullivan; 
loss, $79; insurance, $8,000; occupied by John Sullivan, as liquors; insur- 
ance, $2,000; E. Albee et als., as dwelling; loss, $25 ; originated on 4th floor ; 
cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force under command of Hoseman Inger- 
soll; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 4th, 1-43 A.M. Box 421. 
No. 40 Bow st. 2\ stories; wood; 20 X 25; owned by Eastern Railroad 
Co. ; loss. $40; occupied by M. Cochran, as dwelling; originated on 2d floor; 
cause, defective flue; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9 ; Hose Nos. 
1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 4th, 0-17 P.M. Still. 
No. IOH.Tremont st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 42; owned by John "Wind- 
lock ; loss, $10 ; occupied by John Windlock, as store and dwelling ; originated 
in cellar; cause, thawing water-pipes; force under command of Foreman 
Green ; companies present, Engine No. 13 ; Hook and Ladder No. 12 ; Hose 
No. 7; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 



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Tuesday, 4th, 2-35 P.M. Still. 
No. 2 Eaton court. 1\ stories ; brick ; 16 X 35 ; owned by T. Lithgoe ; loss, 
$26; insurance, $1,500; occupied by Neal Faulkener et als., as dwellings; 
loss, $25; originated on 3d floor; cause, supposed careless smoker ; force 
under command of Foreman Childs ; company present, Engine No. 8; damage 
to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 4th, 4-34 P.M. Box 576. 

Brighton ave. and Mechanics st. 2\ stories; wood; 30 X 60 ; owned by 
Henry 11. Groce; loss, $200; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Henry R. 
Groce, as store and dwelling; loss, $50; originated on 2d floor; extended to 
3d floor and roof; cause, careless use of fire (stupidity) ; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engine No. 29 ; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 11; Chemical Engine No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Tuesday, 4th, 47-5 P. 31. Still. 

No. 76 W. Dedham st. 3 stories; wood; 17 X 40; owned by F. Conant; 
loss, $26; insurance, $1,500; occupied by John Lewis, as dwelling; loss, $2; 
insurance, $500; originated on 3d floor; cause, careless use of kerosene 
lamp ; force under command of Engineer Fernald ; company present, Hose No. 
5 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 5th, 9-06 A.M. Box 84. 

Parker and Boylston sts. 1| stories; wood; 20 X 20; owned by Ann 
Mead; loss, $100; occupied by Ann Mead, as dwelling; loss, $50; originated 
on 1st floor; extended to entire building; cause, defective chimney; force 
under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines No. 10, 13, 22, 
23; Hook and Ladder No. 12; Hose No. 5, 7; Chemical Engines Nos. 2, 3; 
damage to building, totally destroyed; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 5th, 11-12 A.M. Box 17. 

No. 136 Hanover st. 4 stories ; marble ; 75 X 90 ; owned by Blackstone 
National Bank; loss, $273 ; insurance, $75,000 : occupied by G. T. Sears & Co., 
as drugs; loss, $732; insurance, $5,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, care- 
less use of benzine — "explosion; " force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 
1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, considerable; 
confined to building. 

Wednesday 5th, 2 P.M. Still. 

Foot of River st. 3 stories ; brick ; 20 X 30 ; owned by E. Johnson ; occu- 
pied by A. Hathaway, as carpenter shop ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, over- 
heated stove; force under command of Foreman Warren; company present, 
Engine No. 10; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Thursday, 6th, 5-20 P.M. Still. 

Huntington ave. 6 stories ; brick ; 80 X 100 ; owned by L. B. Gay ; loss, 
§135 ; insurance, $95,000 ; occupied by families as hotel or dwellings ; originated 
on 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Foreman Willett; 
company present, Engine No. 22; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 6lh, 6-03 P.M. Box 48. 

No. 571 Atlantic ave. 3 stories; brick; 20 X 50; owned by Robert 
Bishop; loss, $325; insurance, $2,900; occupied by W. Scott, as wood; loss, 
$75; insurance, $3,000; O. M. Angier & Co., shoes; loss, $1,506; insurance, 
$2,000; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown ; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to 
building, considerable; confined to building. 

Thursday, 6th, 9-45 P.M. Still. 
Nos. 5 and 7 North sq. 3 stories; brick; 22 X 35 ; owned by James 
Drinan; loss, $15; insurance, $1,000; occupied by Mrs. M. McCann, as 



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dwelling; insurance, $1,500; originated in basement; cause, gas explosion; 
force under command of Engineer Cunningham; company present, Engine 
No. 8; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 7th, 0-59 P.M. Box 45. 

No. 67 Federal st. 5| stories; freestone; 32 X 70; owned by John 
Ritchie; insurance, $40,000; occupied by John Carter, as paper; originated in 
basement; cause, breaking kerosene lamp; force, under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 2G ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 7th, 7-35 P.M. Still. 
No. 140 Salem st. 4 stories; brick; 41 X 60; owned by J. C. Brooks; 
loss, $24; insurance, $1,500; occupied by E. Greenbaum, as dwelling; loss, 
$25; originated on 2d floor; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force under 
command of Foreman Childs ; company present, Engine No. 8 ; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 7th, 8-11 P.M. Box 421. 

No. 7 City square. Cause, sparks from chimney; force under command 
of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 1, 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Friday, 7th, 8-46 P.M. Box 174. 

Church st. \\ stories; wood ; 16 X 26; owned by John Carson; unoc- 
cupied barn; originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed incendiary; force 
under command of Engineer Dunbar ; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 
11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose, No. 6; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Saturday, 8th, 5-05 P.M. Still. 

No. 21 Eaton st. 4 stories; brick; 22 X 28 ; owned by W. G. O'Brien; 
occupied by W. G. O'Brien, as tenement; loss, $6; insurance, $5,000; 
originated in chimney; cause, soot in cliimney; force under command of 
Hoseman Porter; company present, Engine No. 6; damage to building,, 
slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 8th, 7-27 P.M. Box 18. 

No. 11 Brattle st. 4 stories; stone; 50 X 75; owned by National Se- 
curity Bank; insurance, $12,000; occupied by Stuincke-& Goodwin, as hotel;, 
originated on 1st floor; cause, soot in chimney taking fire; force under 
command of Cliief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 
26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1,8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 9th, 9-15 P.M. Box 4. 

No. 84 to 94 Beverly st. 5 stories, brick ; 60 X 60 ; owned by M. Gor- 
man & Son ; insurance, $12,000 ; occupied by M. Gorman & Son, and Champion 
Trimmer Co. ; insurance, $5,250; originated on 3d floor; cause, hot ashes in 
wooden receptacle ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1 ! , 8;- Hose 
No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 10th, 7-35 P. 31. Still. 

No. 66 Mt. Vernon st. 3 stories ; brick ; 24 X 30 ; owned by John G. 
Osborn; loss, $25; insurance, $6,000; occupied by J. G. Osborn, as dwell- 
ing; insurance, $4,500; originated on basement floor; cause, overheated 
furnnce; force under command of Foreman Warren; company present,. 
Engine No. 10; damage to building, slight. Confined to building. 



84 City Document No. 59. 

Tuesday, 11th, 6-46 P.M. Box 65. 

No. 231 Albany st. Cause, light mistaken for fire; force under command 
of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 15, 25, 2G ; Boat; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 5; Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Wednesday, 12th, 10-37 A.M. Still. 

194 South st. 4 stories ; brick; 18X40; owned by J. R. Marliave; loss, 
$20; insurance, $3,000; occupied by Mrs. Murray et als., as dwellings, etc. ; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, stove-pipe in wooden partition; force under 
command of Hoseman Ingersoll ; company present, Engine No. 7 ; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 12th, 5.05 P.M. Box 218. 
No. 22G5 Washington st. 2 stories; wood; 10£ X 23; owned by John 
R. Bampton ; insurance, $300 ; occupied by Francis McBride, as variety 
store; loss, $65 ; insurance, $400; originated on 1st floor; cause, children 
playing with matches ; force under command of Engineer Colligan. Com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; 
Hose No. 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, slight ; confined 
to building. 

Wednesday, 12th, 6-34, 6-45 P.M. Box 157. 

Nos. 131 and 137 Border st. 3 stories ;• brick ; 40 X 90; owned by Chas. 
A. Kingsbury ; loss, $677; insurance, $5,500; occupied by J. M. Prior, stair- 
builder; loss, $1,717; insurance, $2,000; F. A. Coombs, furniture; loss, 
$362; insurance, $1,000; A. & J. McLaren, carpenter; loss, $74; insurance, 
$700; H. L. Jones, carpenter; loss, $87; insurance, $400; J. McDonald, car- 
penter ; loss, $69 ; insurance, $500 ; originated in dry-room ; extended to 
main building; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
2, 8; Hose No. 6; damage to buildings, 1 slight, 1 considerable. 

Thursday, 13th, 1-47 P.M. Box 45. 
Nos. 53 and 55 Franklin st. 5 stories ; granite ; 30 X 120 ; owned by 
Chas. Woodbury ; loss, $303 ; insurance, $20,000 ; occupied by Homer, Lane 
& Co. as crockery; loss, $6,767; insurance, $20,000; Eager, Bartlett & Co., 
as woollens ; loss, $450; insurance, $45,000 ; originated in basement ; cause, 
unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; flook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 3, 8; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Saturday, 15th, 1-15 A.M. Still. 
No. 102 Merrimac st. 4 stories; brick; 16 X 20; owned by W. Y. Par- 
tridge; loss, $30; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Sullivan, as dwelling; 
originated on 4th floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Foreman 
Bickford ; companies present, Engine No. 6 ; Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; damage 
to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 15th, 3-41 A.M. Box 421. 
No. 44 Main st. 3 stories; wood; 18 X 25; owned by Mr. W. Dennie ; 
loss, $10 ; insurance, $1,500 ; occupied by A. Rosenburge et als., as saloon and 
dwelling; insurance, $600; originated in attic; cause, hot ashes in wooden 
receptacle; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 
4 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 15th, 10-39 A.M. Box 41. 
No. 17 Spring lane. 4 stories ; brick ; 72 X 85 ; owned by.Minot " heirs "; 
loss, $60; insurance, ©25.000; occupied by Winkley, Thorpe & Dresser, as 
blank book manufactory; insurance, $30,000; originated on 4th floor; ex- 
tended to roof; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 
8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, considera- 
ble ; confined to building. 



Appendix. 85 

Saturday, 15th, 1 P.M. Box 16. 

No. 34 Merchants' row. 6 stories ; granite ; 23 X 62 ; owned by Moses 
Pond; occupied by Leonard, Snelling & Co., as printers; originated on 3d 
floor; cause, lighted match dropped in paper; force under command of Chief 
Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 1,8; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 16th, 6-53 A. M. Box 231. 
No. 7 Eustis st. 3 stories; wood; 36 X 76 ; owned by T. ~D. Mulrey; 
loss, $98; insurance, $5,000; occupied by J. J. Kilbride, as saloon; loss, 
$150; originated on 1st floor; cause, lighted match in sawdust spittoon ; force 
under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 
13, 14, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine 
No. 5 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 16th, 8-45 A.M. Still. 
School-house, Egleston sq. 3 stories ; brick ; 48 X 112 ; owned by City 
of Boston; unfinished school-house; originated in basement; cause, slacking 
of lime; force under command of Driver Wilson; company present, Chemical 
Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 16th, 9-35 A.M. Still. 
No. 58 West Fourth st. 4 stories ; brick; 25 X 40; owned by Alger "es- 
tate"; loss, $15; occupied by Wm. Harold, as boarding-house ; originated on 
3d floor; cause, sparks from grate; force under command of Foreman Tagan; 
companies present, Engine No. 15; Hose No. 9; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 16th, 9-46 A.M. Box 46. 
No. 256 Franklin st. 4 stories ; brick, 25 X 90 ; owned by Whiting 
"heirs"; loss, $550; insurance, $12,000; occupied by Hussey, Howe & Co., 
et als., as steel warehouse, etc., insurance, $21,850; originated on 2d floor; 
cause, carelessness, hot coals from furnace ; force under command of Chief 
Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
considerable ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 16th, 6-51 P.M. Box 213. 
No. 42 Norfolk ave., "rear." 1 story; wood; 21 X 27; owned by A. 
D. Williams; loss, $5; occupied by Wm. J. Stetson, as storage; originated 
on the floor; cause, incendiary; force under command of Engineer Munroe; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 21, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 
12; Hose No. 7; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 16th, 11-08 P.M. Box 79. 

No. 327 Beacon st. 4 stories; freestone; 25 X 60 ; owned by Thos. E. 
Proctor; loss, $140; insurance, $15,000; occupied by Thos. E. Proctor, as 
dwelling; loss, $20; insurance, $5,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, lighted 
match dropped in paper ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose 
Nos. 5, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. . 

Monday, 17th, 9-55 A.M. Still. 

No. 43 Howard st. 4 stories ; brick ; 25 X 40 ; owned by J. P. Ober 
"heirs"; loss, $30; insurance, $6,000; occupied by II. A. Anderson, as 
dwelling; insurance, $1,500; originated on 1st floor; cause, overheated fur- 
nace; force under command of Engineer Cheswell ; companies present, En- 
gine No. 4; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to. 
building. 

Monday, 17th, 6-30 P.M. Box 47. 
No. 92 and 94 Broad st. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 45 ; owned by S. M. 
Quincy "heirs"; loss, $335; insurance, $4,000; occupied by C. E. Stevenson 



86 City Document No. 59. 

& Co., et als , as groceries, etc. ; loss, $1,075; insurance, $11,500; originated 
on 1st floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26 ; Boat ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 1, 8; Hose Nos. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, con- 
siderable ; confined to building. 

Monday, 17th, 11-25 P.M. Box 56. 
No. 142 Kneeland st. 4 stories ; brick ; 54 X 70 ; owned by Edward 
Bangs; loss, $ 195 ; insurance, $8,000; occupied by G. J. Mowry, as brass 
foundery ; loss, $40 ; insurance, $8,000 ; and W. C. Coolidge et als., as grocery, 
etc. ; loss, $5; insurance, $11,780; originated on 4th floor; extended to roof; 
cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 8, 4, 7, 15, 25, 2G ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
3, 8; Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Tuesday, 18th, 6-40 P. 31. Pox 36. 

Nos. 33 to 37 Province st. 3 stories ; wood; 20X30; owned by heirs 
of Proctor Knott; loss, $200; insurance, $500; occupied by P. H. Butler, 
soapstones ; loss, $50; M. B. Loughman, photographs ; loss, $75 ; J. F. 
Corbett, carpenter; loss, $300; A. B. Pinkham, carpenter; loss, $100; 
originated on 2d floor ; extended to roof; cause, unknown ; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; 
damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 19th, 3-40 P.M. Box 546. 

Spring st. 2 stories; wood; 22X38; owned by Union Savings Bank; 
loss, $169; insurance. $2,000; occupied by M. Murray, as dwelling; Mrs. 
Carroll, as dwelling; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown ; force under 
command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engine No. 28 : Hook 
and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7 ; damage to building, con- 
siderable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 20th, 4-05 P. M. Still. 

No. 97 Cabot st. 2k stories; wood; 30X36; owned by M. Whelan; 
occupied by George Schmed, as dwelling; loss, $2; originated on 3d floor ; 
cause, clothes too near stove ; force under command of Driver Garland : 
damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 20th, 5-46 and 5-59 P.M. Box 142. 

First st. 3 stories ; wood ; 25 X 40 and 50 X 90 ; owned by Five Cents 
Savings Bank ; loss, $2,000 ; occupied by Mr. Page, as planing-mill ; loss, 
$1,000; Charles Borden, as carpenter ; loss, $1,200; B. "W. Dean, as storage ; 
loss, $100; insurance, $800; originated in Borden's shop; extended to mill ; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 1, 2, 3, 7, 15, 21, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5, 8; 
Hose Nos. 5, 9, 10, 12 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to buildings, 2 totally 
destroyed. 

Thursday, 20th, 7-05 P.M. Still. 

No. 99 Elm st. 2£ stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Mrs. Butler ; occu- 
pied by Mrs. Butler, as dwelling; cause, smoke mistaken for fire ; force under 
command of Engineer Bartlett; company present, Engine No. 27; damage to 
building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Friday, 21st, 1-40 A.M. Box 93. 
No. 144 West Canton st. 4 stories; brick; 20X42; owned by K. 
Smith; loss, $47; insurance, $7,000; occupied by K. Smith, as dwelling; 
-loss, $51; insurance, $2,500; R. R. Bellamy, as dwelling; insurance, 
$1,200; originated on 4th floor; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 



Appendix. 87 

Friday, 21st, 5-46 A. 31. Box 62. 
Nos. 115 to 123 Eliot st. 4 stories ; brick and wood ; 54X62; owned 
by A. Blood; loss, $1,800; insurance, $6,200; occupied by Fred. Haarer, 
sausages; loss, $100; insurance, $1,000; R. Johnson, as clothes cleaner; 
loss, $340; insurance, $800; Samuel West, as glass-cutter; loss, $1,900; 
insurance, $4,000; Peter Green, furniture; loss, $50; Elliott & Co., as print- 
ers ; loss, $8; insurance, $400; S. S. Morse, jig sawing; loss, $75; origi- 
nated on 3d floor; extended to 1st floor and roof; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 
22, 26 ; Hook and Ladder, Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 8 ; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Friday, 21st, 6-27 P. 31. Box 75. 
No. 2 Ivanhoe'st. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 30; owned by Mrs. McKenzie ; 
loss, $55; insurance, $1,000; occupied by Florock, as dwelling; originated 
on second floor; cause, defective flue; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 3, 12 ; Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, slight ; 
confined to building. 

Friday, 21st, 7-20 P. 31. Still. 

No. 26 Essex st. 2^ stories ; wood; 15X30; owned by M. A. Mann; 
occupied by J. W. Lisber, as dwelling ; cause, smoke mistaken for fire ; force 
under command of Driver Pike ; companies present, Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; 
Hose No. 1 ; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Friday, 21st, 8 P. 31. Still. 

Austin and Chapman sts. 3 stories ; brick ; 40 X 60 ; owned by State of 
Massachusetts; occupied by Mr. Knights, as dwelling; cause, sparks from 
chimney ; force under command of Foreman Delano ; companies present, 
Engine No. 27 ; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose No. 1 ; damage to building, 
none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm; no fire. 

Saturday, 22d, 7-15 A. 31. Still. 

No. 930 Harrison Ave. 2£ stories ; wood ; 20 X 40 ; owned by P. J. 
Hastings; loss, $15; occupied by John O'Connell, as dwelling; originated on 
1st floor; cause, defective flue ; force under command of Foreman Hussey; 
company present, Engine No. 23; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Monday, 24th, 5-55 A.M. Box 8. 
No. 119 Friend st. 4 stories; wood; 27 X 100; owned by Lemuel Shaw ; 
loss, $57; insurance, $5,000; occupied by Wm. Ryan ei als., as saloon, etc. ; 
loss, $25; originated on 1st floor; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present. Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 
25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 
1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 24th, 4-45 P.M. Still. 
Washington st. 1 story; wood; 40X75; owned by Metropolitan R.R. 
Co. ; occupied by Metropolitan R.R. Co., as car-house; originated in drivers' 
room; cause, overheated stove-pipe; force under command of Foreman 
Fobes ; company present, Engine No. 18; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Monday, 24th, 10-34 and 10-47 P. 31. Box 173. 
Glendon st. l£ stories ; wood ; 35 X 60 ; owned by Glendon Co. ; loss, 
$494; insurance, $900; occupied by Glendon Co., as factory for sashes ; loss, 
$2,000; insurance, $1,300; originated on 2d floor; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 6, 7, 8, 
9, 11, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder, Nos. 2, 8; Hose Nos. 6, 8; damage to 
building, considerable; confined to building. 



88 City Document No. 59. 

Tuesday, 25th, 6-10 P.M. Still. 
No. 1799 Washington st. 3 stories; wood; 1G X 38; owned by C. A. 
Richards; loss, $30; insurance, $4,285; occupied by several families, as 
dwellings ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force 
under command of Foreman Hussey ; company, present, Engine No. 23; dam- 
age to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 25th, 6-35' P. 31. Still. 
37 Park st. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 50 ; owned by Martin Bates ; insur- 
ance, $2,000; occupied by Mrs. Kirby, as dwelling; loss, $5; originated on 3d 
floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Foreman King; company 
present, Hose No. 3 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 28th, 5-22 P.M. Box 53. 
101 Chaunct st. 4 stories; brick; 24 X 70 ; owned by Joseph Benari; 
loss, $110; insurance, $16,000; occupied by A. M. Munroe, as hotel; loss, 
$25 ; insurance, $300; originated on 1st floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene 
stove ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical 
Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 29th, 7-44 A.M. Box 38. 
No. 7 Merchants' Row. 4 stories ; granite ; 30 X 60 ; owned by Na- 
tional Bank of Republic ; occupied by Bank of Republic, as banks origi- 
nated in basement; cause, pile of wood taking fire from boiler; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8,25,26; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 29th, 7-58 A. M. Box 41. 
No. 5 Sewallpl. 3 stories; brick; 24 X 34; owned by Kidder, Peabody 
& Co; insurance, $5,000; occupied by Mrs. Whiltemore, as boarding-house; 
insurance, $900; originated on 4th floor; cause, defective flue ; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present. Engines Nos. 6, 7, 8, 22, 25, 
26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 3, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 29th, 11-05 A.M. Still. 
No. 2 Commercial wharf. 5 stories; granite; 22 X 38 ; owned by Com- 
mercial Wharf Co. ; loss, $5 ; insurance, $2,000 ; occupied by Cobb & Bearse, 
as saloon ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, thawing out water-pipe ; force under 
command of Foreman Childs ; company present, Engine No. 8 ; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 29th, 4 P.M. Box 214. 

No. 68 Westminster st. 3 stories; brick and marble; 20 X 30 ; owned by 
Wm. Sohier; loss, $84; insurance, $2,500; occupied by J. C. Smith et als., 
as dwellings; loss, $50; originated in basement ; extended to 1st floor; cause, 
thawing out water-pipes; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; 
Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 3; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 

Saturday, 29th, 9-26 P.M. Box 171. 

Dyewood wharf, Border st. 1 story; wood; 10 X 16; owned by Fred. 
Whitcomb; loss, $30; occupied by F. Whitcomb, as tool-locker; loss, $20; 
originated in 1st story ; extended to entire building; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 
11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2;. Hose No. 6; damage to building, consid- 
erable; confined to building. 

Sunday, 30th,- 2-20 P.M. Box 53. 
No. 6 Chickering place. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by A. A. 
Marcus; loss, $20; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Mrs Annie Smith, as 
home for female pedestrians ; loss, $4 ; insurance, $1,000 ; originated on 2d 



Appendix. 89 

floor ; cause, thawing out water-pipes ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 3, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Monday, 31st, 3-48 A.M. Box 421. 
No. 32 Harvard st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 30; owned by Philip Dough- 
erty; loss, $175; insurance, $3,000; occupied by Philip Dougherty, as 
dwelling; loss, $25; insurance, $700; originated on 1st floor; cause, un- 
known; force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 31st, 5-26 A. 31. Box 135. 
Nos. 618 and 620 East Seventh st. 2^ stories'; wood; 20 X 30; owned 
by Dodge "estate"; loss, $300; insurance, $1,500; J. Gardner, loss, $700; 
occupied by Robinson and Dolbeare, as dwellings ; loss, $200; J.Gardner, 
as dwelling; loss, $300; originated on 1st floor of No. 620; extended to roof 
of No. 618; cause, defective flue; force under command of Engineer Brown; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose 
Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to buildings, 2 considerable. 

Monday, 31st, 3-16 P.M. Still. 
No. 30 Cadseavay st. 3£ stories; brick; 24 X 30; owned by Chas. Stiri- 
krauss ; loss, $20; insurance, $5,000; occupied by M. P. Perkins et als., as 
tenements; loss, $10; insurance, $700; originated on 3d floor; cause, defec- 
tive flue ; force under command of Foreman Kimball ; company present, 
Engine No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 31st, 7-49 P.M. Box 58. 
Utica st. B. & A. R.R; owned by B. & A. Railroad; loss, $40; occupied 
by Lang & Jacobs, as freight car; originated in the car; cause, incendiary; 
force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 
7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 9; Chemical En- 
gines Nos. 1, 2; damage, slight; confined. 



FEBRUARY. 



Tuesday, 1st, 8-30 A.M. Box 53. 
Nos. 202 and 204 Tremont st. 3 stories ; brick ; 36 X 78 ; owned by Mrs. 
Townsend; loss, $170; insurance, $15,000; occupied by Henry Meyer et als., 
as restaurant, etc.; insurance, $2,000; originated in basement of No. 204; 
extended to No. 202 ; cause, gas explosion ; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 3, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
2 slight. 

Tuesday, 1st, 0-57 1-2 P.M. Box 8. 

No. 4 Merrimac st. 4£ stories; brick; 30 X 70; owned by Gardiner 
"heirs"; occupied by Polsey & Baxter, as candy manufactory; insurance, 
$3,000 ; originated on 4th floor ; cause, upsetting oil stove ; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10, 25, 26; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage 
to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 1st, 8-13 P. 31. Box 183. 
No. 88 Everett st. 2\ stories ; wood ; 19 X 27 ; owned by Patrick Do- 
herty ; loss, $10; insurance, $1,200; occupied by P. McGonagle et als., as 
dwellings ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of 
Engineer Dunbar ; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 



90 City Document No. 59. 

Wednesday, 2d, 2-13, 2-18, 2-23 A.M. Box 341. 

Commercial st. 1 £ stories ; wood; 18 X 30: owned by Mrs. Johanna 
Hanlan, loss, $800; insurance, $500; occupied by Mrs. J. Hanlan, as dwell- 
ing; loss, $50; originated on 1st floor; extended to entire building; cause, 
supposed overheated stove; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 1, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. 4, G, 7; damage to building, totally destroyed; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Mrs. Hanlan, aged 70 years, and her son aged 30 years, per- 
ished in the flames. Engineer Hewins and several members of the depart- 
ment were severely frost bitten. The 2d and 3d alarms were given before 
the Department arrived, by a citizen, because he could hear no response on 
the bells. 

Wednesday, 2d, 5-36 A.M. Box 341. 
Commercial st. Cause, rekindling of ruins of above fire ; force under 
command of Engineer Hewins; companies present, Engines Nos. 17, 18, 20; 
Hook and Ladder No. 7. 

Wednesday, 2d, 2-56 P.M. Box 79. 

No. 191 Commonwealth ave. 6 stories; brick; GO X 80; owned by Geo. 
Higgins; occupied by several parties, as dwellings; cause, soot in chimney; 
force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 
10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 8; Chemical En- 
gines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Thursday, 3d, 7-34 A. 31. Box 56. 
No. 90 Utica st. 4 stories; brick; 40 X 70; owned by Win. Evans " es- 
tate"; loss, $25; occupied by Win. Chapman et als., as cabinet-maker, etc. ; 
loss, $5; insurance, $1,100; originated on 3d floor; cause, sparks from stove; 
force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 
7, 15, 25, 26 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8 ; Hose No. 9 ; Chemical En- 
gines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 7-50 A.M. Still. 
No. 130 and 132 North st. 5 stories ; granite ; 40 X 75 ; owned by Far- 
rer, Follett & Co. ; occupied by Farrer, Follett & Co., as metals; originated 
in basement; cause, thawing out water-pipes ; force under command of Fore- 
man Childs ; company present, Engine No. 8 ; damage to building, none ; con- 
fined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 9-05, 9-14 A.M. Box 163. 

Nos. 159 to 177 Chelsea st. 3 stories; wood; 22 X 30 each. No. 159, 
owned by Robert Sullivan ; loss, $116 ; insurance, $2,500 ; occupied by Robert 
Sullivan et als. ; loss, $45 ; insurance, $500. 

No. 161. Owned by Georgianna M. Pierce; loss, $293; insurance, $2,000; 
damage to building, slight; occupied by G. M. Pierce; loss, $50; and Mrs. 
E. Holoway; loss, $50. 

No. 163. Owned by Richard White; loss, $350; insurance, $1,600; dam- 
age to building, considerable ; occupied by George Ulett ; loss, $60 ; and 
John Hill; loss, $50. 

No. 165. Owned by Richard White; loss, $700; insurance, $1,600; dam- 
age to building, considerable; occupied by Richard White; loss, $50 ; and 
Dennis O'Brien ; loss, $50. 

No. 167. Owned by Mrs. M. Atherton; loss, $895; insurance, $1,G00; 
damage to building, considerable ; occupied by Thos. Cassidy ; loss, $75 ; and 
Martin Coleman ; loss, $75. 

No. 169. Owned by Andrew B. Potter; loss, $1,000; insurance, $1,000; 
damage to building, considerable; occupied by Jeremiah Favin ; loss, $100; 
and James Duffy; loss, $75. 

No. 171. Owned by Andrew B. Potter; loss, $1,150; insurance, $1,500; 
damage to building, considerable ; occupied by Patrick Mullen ; loss, $50 ; 
and John Tyne ; loss, $50. 



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No. 173. Owned by John Hill; loss, $99.5; insurance, $1,600; damage to 
building', considerable; occupied by Richard Thompson; los ., $45; andltufus 
Hanna; loss, $60 ; and Walter Welch ; loss. $40. 

No. 175. Owned by Andrew B. Potter; loss, $800; damage to building, 
considerable ; occupied by Azariah Paul ; loss, $20 ; and John Lally ; loss, $15. 

No. 177. Owned by Andrew B. Potter; loss, $600; damage to building, 
considerable; occupied by William Mara; loss, $25; and Mm. Lee; loss, $15; 
and Samuel Weston; loss, $10. 

Originated in 3d story of No. 169; extended to buildings numbered above; 
cause, defective flue ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 5, 8, 9, 11, 25; Hose No. 6; Hook and Ladder Nos. 2, 
8 ; damage to buildings, 1 none, 1 slight, 8 considerable. 

Thursday, 3d, 1-30 P.M. Box 436. 
No. 362 Bunker Hill st. 3 stories; wood; 18 X 30; owned by Mr. 
C. Bacon; loss, $10; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Geo. A. Easter etals., as 
dwelling; insurance, $1,000: originated on 2d floor ; cause, unknown ; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 4-30 P.M. Still. 
No. 74 Harrison ave. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 40; owned by William 
Hurley; loss, $35; insurance, $3,000; occupied by Mrs. Newman, as lodging- 
house; originated on 2d floor; cause, thawing water-pipes; force under com- 
mand of Engineer Regan ; company present, Engine No. 26; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 9-18 P.M. Box 136. 

No. 602 East First st. 2 stories; wood; 15 X 30; owned by Kane 
Ward; loss, $90; insurance, $750; occupied by Kane Ward, as dwelling; loss, 
$20; originated on 1st floor; extended to roof; cause, explosion of kerosene 
lamp ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to 
building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 3d, 10-46 P.M. Box 49. 

No. 477 Washington st. Cause, smoke mistaken for fire; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 25, 
26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1, 2. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm; no fire. 

Thursday, 3d, 11-48 P.M. Still. 

No. 132 Pearl st. 4 stories; granite; 24 X 90; owned by J. M. 
Roberts; occupied by E. J. Gushing et als., as inner soles, etc. ; cause, steam 
mistaken for fire : force under command of Foreman Frost ; companies present, 
Engine No. 25 ; Hook and Ladder, No. 8 ; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — No fire; needless alarm. 

Sunday, 6th, 10-51, 11-46 A.M. Box 179. 

Terrace ave., Orient Heights. 2^ stories; wood; 30 X 45; owned 
by John F. Foss ; loss, $2,922; insurance, $4,000; occupied by John F. Foss, 
as dwelling; loss, $750 ; insurance, $1,800; originated on 2d floor ; extended 
to roof; cause, overheated stove; force under command of Chief Green ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hook and Ladder, No. 2; Hose No. 6; 
damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Monday, 7th, 6-20 P.M. Still. 
Everett, near Cottage st. 2 stories ; wood; 30 X 50; owned by D. 
H. Blaney ; unoccupied, as stable; originated on 1st story; cause, boys 
setting fire to hay; force under command of Driver Conway; companies pres- 
ent, Engine No. 11 ; Hook and Ladder, No. 2; damage to building, none; con- 
fined to building. 



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Monday, 7th, 7-27 1-2 P.M. Box 4. 
Nos. 73 and 75 Haverhill st. 5 stories ; brick ; 40 X 65 ; owned by 
Dexter Roby "heirs"; loss, $162; insurance, $8,750; occupied by R. Morton 
et ah., as trunks factory, etc.; loss, $350; insurance, $6,900; originated on 
5th floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos, 4,6, 8, 10, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; 
Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine, No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Monday", 7th, 8-05 P.M. Still. 

No. 36 Wapping st. 3 stories; brick; 18 X 24; owned by John Sulli- 
van; insurance, $1,500; occupied by James Gould, as dwelling; loss, $2; 
originated on 3d floor ; cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under com- 
mand of Foreman King; company present, Hose No. 3; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 6-27 A.M. Box 51. 

No. 120 Pearl st. 4 stories; marble; 24 X 84; owned by John T. 
Mills "estate"; loss, $22; insurance, $27,500; occupied by Robinson Bros., 
as boots and shoes; originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed careless use of 
matches ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26, Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 3-18 P. M. Box 213. 

No. 95 Norfolk ave. 2 stories ; wood ; 24 X 24 ; owned by McDer- 
mott "heirs"; loss, $15 ; insurance, $1,400; occupied by John McDermott, 
as dwelling; loss, $25; originated on 2d floor: cause, supposed, children play- 
ing with matches; force under command of Engineer Munroe ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 21, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose 
No. 7; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 6-53 P.M. Still. 

No. 424 Atlantic ave. 3 stories ; brick ; 42 X 76 ; owned by N. Mayo 
& Co.; occupied by Grocer Packing Co., as packing-house; originated 
on 2d floor; cause, careless use of gasoline; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 9th, 3-14 P. 31. Box 21. 

Nos. Ill and 113 Court st. 5 stories; brick; 40 X 120; owned by 
Mrs. H. M. Pitman; loss, $50; insurance, $25,000; occupied by F. B. Jones, 
as furniture ; loss, $25 ; insurance, $10,000 ; F. Schiras et als., as saloon, etc. ; 
originated on 1st floor ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Wednesday, 9th, 8 P.M. Still. 

Baldwin place. 2£ stories ; wood ; 35 X 45 ; owned by E. F. Baxter ; loss, 
$2; insurance, $3,000; occupied by E. F Baxter, as dwelling; originated on 
1st floor; cause, soot in chimney "taking fire; force under command of Fore- 
man Champney ; company present, Engine 29; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Thursday, 10th, 4-41 P.M. Box 463. 

No. 472 Main st. 3 stories ; wood ; 18 X 30 ; owned by A. H. Allen ; occu- 
pied by John Rolland, as store and dwelling ; cause, smoke mistaken for fire ; 
force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 
6,27; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1,2, 3, 4; damage to building, 
none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 



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Thursday, 10th, 5-49 P.M. Box 452. 

No. 329 Medford st. 2 stories ; wood; 20X30; owned by Mr. Simpson; 
loss, $5 ; Chirk & Buckley ; loss, .$6 ; originated in street ; extended to build- 
ings ; cause, benzine set on fire by boys ; force under command of Engineer 
Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; 
Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Bursted barrel of benzine, set on fire by boys, and, communi- 
cating to buildings, was the cause of this alarm. 

Thursday, 10th, S-06 P. 31. Box 643. 

Cause, false alarm ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3,4; Hose Nos. 
5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 

Remarks. — No fire ; box found open. 

Thursday, 10th, S-21 P.M. Box 158. 

No. 137 Meridian st. 3£ stories; brick; 19X24; owned by Samuel 
Hoffses; loss, .$188; insurance, $2,500; occupied by Otto von-der-Heyde, as 
dwelling and store; loss, $800; originated on 3d floor; cause, unknown; 
force under command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 
5, 9. 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Friday, 11th, 0-7 P.M. Box 46. 

No. 28 Oliver st. 4 stories ; granite ; 54 X 100 ; owned by A. Burrage ; 
loss, $550; insurance. $30,000; occupied by Sleeper & Co., as lamps, etc.; 
insurance, $12,000; Boston Lead Co., as store-house; loss, $367; insur- 
ance, $7,000 ; A. Goodnow as teas, etc. ; insurance, $3,500 ; Carter, Dins- 
more & Co. as storage; insurance, $5,000; originated on 2d floor; cause un- 
nown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical 
Engine Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Friday, 11th, 7-33 P.M. Box 174. 

No. 135 Brooks st. 2£ stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Willard S. Allen ; 
occupied by Delos Sampson, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; cause, up- 
setting kerosene lamp; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; 
damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Mrs. Sampson was severely burned by her clothing taking fire , 
Mr. A. McLeod had his hands badly burned while assisting Mrs. Sampson. 

Saturday, 12th, 8-41 A. M. Box 13. 

No. 278 Hanover st. 4 stories ; brick ; 22 X 40 ; owned by Coburn heirs ; 
loss, $25 ; insurance, $4,000 ; occupied by John Taylor, as lodging-house ; loss, 
$42; insurance, $1,000; originated on 3d floor; cause, supposed careless 
smoker; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 4, 6, 8, 25, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Mpnday, 14th, 3-20 A. 31. Box 125. 
No. 57 Middle st. li stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by I. H. Allard; 
loss, $400; occupied by Baker & Cram, as stable; loss, $25; originated on 
second floor; extended to No. 59; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Engineer Brown ; companies present, Engines Nos.- 1, 2, 3, 15, 21 ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, 1 slight, 1 con- 
siderable. 

Monday, 14th, 4-51 1-2 P. 31. Box 414. 
Eastern R.R. yard. Car ; owned by Maine Central Railroad ; loss, $25 ; 
insurance, $25; occupied by Morton Haley, as hay car; loss, $100; insur- 
ance, $100; originated in car; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 



94 City Document No. 59. 

Monday, 14th, 7-23 P.M. Box 164. 

Marginal st. Cause, false alarm ; box found open ; force under command 
of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5,9, 11; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6. 

Remarks. — No fire. 

Tuesday, 15th, 3-25 P.M. Still. 

Old Colony R.R. yard. Car; owned by 0. C. R.R. ; loss, $100; oc- 
cupied by Hall & Cutler, as freight car; loss, $200; originated in car load 
of gunny cloth ; cause, supposed spontaneous combustion ; force under com- 
mand of Engineman Williams ; companies present, Engine No. 15; Hose, No. 
9; damage to car, considerable ; confined. 

Tuesday, 15th, 9-54 P.M. Box 69. 

No. 433 Hahkison ave. 3 stories ; wood ; 25 X 30 ; 22 X 45 ; owned by 
Proctor & Drummey ; loss, $1,000; insurance, $1,200; occupied by Proctor 
& Drummey, as lumber; loss, $2,200; insurance, $12,800; James & Abbott, 
as lumber; loss, $1,000; insurance, $1,000; Mr. Peters, as lumber; loss, 
$40; insurance, $60; originated in rear building; extended to building on 
street and lumber piles ; cause, supposed incendiary; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 3, 7, 15, 22, 23, 26; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; 
damage to buildings, 1 slight, 1 considerable. 

Tuesday, 15th, 10-37, 10-42, 10-49 1-2 P.M. Box 69. 
No. 100 Lehigh st. 2 stories; wood; 24 X 50, 20 X 100; owned by W. E. 
Gutterson ; loss, $1,400; insurance, $1,300; occupied by W. E. Gutterson, as 
lumber; loss, $1,000; insurance, $2,000; H. M. Clark, as lumber; loss, 
$6,300 ; insurance, $13,000: originated on ground floor; extended to roof ; 
cause, incendiary; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 10, 21, 22, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 8, 9; 
Hose Nos. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
totally destroyed; confined to building and lumber piles. 

Wednesday, 16th, 10-59 P.M. Box 247. 

No. 1 Hillside ave. 2 stories ; wood; 21 X 38; owned by Thomas C. 
Wait; loss, $347; insurance, $2,800; unoccupied dwelling; originated in 
basement; extended to 1st floor; cause, incendiary; force under command of 
Engineer Colligan; companies present, Engines Nos. 13, 14; Hook and Lad- 
der No. 12; Hose No. 7; Cbemieal Engine No. 3; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Thursday, 17th, 9-30 P.M. Still. 

No. 408 Federal st. 1 story; wood; 40 X 80 ; owned by A. D. Calef; 
loss, $10; occupied by A. D. Calef as coal-shed; insurance, $3,000; origi- 
nated on ground floor; cause, incendiary; force under command of Foreman 
Marden ; company present, Engine No. 7; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Friday, 18th, 3-35, 3-47 A.M. Box 164. 

Jkffriks and Sumner sts. i\ stories; brick; 50 X 100; owned by Ameri- 
can Screw Co.; loss, $1,260; insurance, $30,000; occupied by Bardwell & 
Anderson, as furniture factory; loss, $14,102; insurance, $39,200; originated 
on 4th story; extended to 5th; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 8, 9, 11, 25; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 2, 8; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 18th, 9-48 A. 31. Box 96. 

B. & A. R. R. Track. Car; owned by Wagner Car Co.; loss, $3,500; 
insurance, $8,000; occupied by Wagner Car Co., as sleeper; originated in 
car; cause, overheated furnace ; force under command of Chief Green; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 
12 ; Hose No. 5 ; Chemical Engine No. 2. 



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Friday, 18th, 6-35 P.M. Box 157. 

No. 131 Border st., " Rear." 2 stories ; brick ;• 22 X 45 ; owned by C. A. 
Kingsbury; loss, $50; occupied by C. A. Kingsbury, as boiler-room of mill; 
originated around furnace ; cause, sparks from boiler ; force under command 
of Engineer Dunbar; companies present. Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. G; damage to building, slight; confined to build- 
ing. 

Saturday, 19th, 2-40 A.M. Box 72. 

No. 1039 Washington st. 3 stories; brick; 22 X 36 ; owned by Mr. A. O. 
Bigelow; loss, $25; insurance, $5,000; occupied by W. P. Ruisseaur, as bar- 
room, loss, $45; insurance, $1,000; originated in basement; cause, incen- 
diary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical 
Engine No. 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 19th, 2-30 P.M. Still. 

Ames st. Owned by T. H. Libby ; originated in stable yard; cause, spon- 
taneous combustion in cotton waste ; force under command of Foreman 
Bowers; company present, Hose No. 10. 

Remarks. — Eire in stahle yard ; no damage. 

Saturday, 19th, 7-03 1-2 P. M. Box 164. 
Marginal st. 1 story; wood; 12 X 12; owned by N. Gibson; loss, $25; 
occupied by N. Gibson, as storehouse ; loss, $25 ; originated inside ; extended 
to entire building; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of En- 
gineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and 
Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 20th, 2-24, 2-43 A.M. Box 45. 

No. 39 Arch st. 5 stories; brick; 50 X 75; owned by T. C. Amory; 
loss, $2,945; insurance, $30,000 ; occupied by Rockwell & Churchill, as 
printers; loss, $15,211; insurance, $30,000 ; Mrs. Eontarives, as restaurant ; 
loss, $50; insurance, $1,000; originated on 4th floor; extended to 5th; cause, 
unknown; force under command of Chief Green- companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 15, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 3, 8; Hose Nos. 
3, 5, 8, 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, considerable ; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 20th, 11-46 1-2 P.M. Box 19. 
No. 66 Endicott st. 3 stories; brick; 25 X 26; owned by John Higgins; 
loss, $25; insurance, $2,000; occupied by J. Sullivan, as dwelling; loss, $20; 
originated on 3d floor; cause, overheated chimney ; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to build- 
ing, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 4-48 A. M. Still. 
Causeway and Merrimac sts. 5 stories; brick; 30 X 93; owned by 
Charles Wigglesworth ; loss, $5; insurance, $6, C00; occupied by J. E. 
& O. M. Giddings etals., as wood-workers, etc.'; loss, $5; insurance, $5,000; 
originated on 3d floor; cause, unknown; force under command of Fore- 
man Kimball; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 7-05 P.M. Still. 

Everett, near Cottage st. 2 stories ; wood ; 30 X 50 ; owned by D. H. Bla- 
ney; unoccupied stable ; originated on 1st floor ; cause, set by boys; force under 
command of Engineman Sturtevant; companies present, Engine No. 11; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 2 2d, 10-51 P.M. Box 69. 
No. 1166 Washington st. 4 stories; wood; 50X70; owned by C. A. 
Richards; loss, $800; insurance, $30,000; occupied by Brockway & 
Washburn, as hotel ; loss, $275 ; insurance, $5,000 ; originated on 2d floor ; 



96 City Document No. 59. 

extended to roof; cause, defective grate ; force under command of Chief Green ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 1,3, 7, 15, 22, 23, 26 ; Boat; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. A, 3, 5; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to build- 
ing, considerable; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 4-46 A. 31. Box 53. 

Cause, smoke in street mistaken for tire ; force under command of Chief 
Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 25, 26 ; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Wednesday, 23d, 9-24 P.M. Box 465. 
No. 98 Cambridge st., "Rear." 1 story; wood; 18 X 20; owned by 
A. Grotham & Co. ; loss, $50; occupied by A. Grotham & Co., as peat factory ; 
loss, $100; originated in building; extended to roof ; cause, unknown; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett ; companies present, Engines Nos. 8, 27 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; damage to building, consider- 
able; confined to building. 

Thursday, 24th, 6-01 P.M., 6-08 P.M. Box 532. 

Canterbury st. 2| stories; wood; 20X30; 1 story; wood; 15X30; 
owned by Michael Carey ; loss, $500 ; insurance, $1,250; loss, $50; insur- 
ance, $50; occupied by M. Carey, as store and dwelling; loss, $250; 
insurance, $500 ; orginated in store shed ; extended to dwelling ; cause, 
unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 18,19,28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 5, 7; 
damage to building, 1 considerable; 1 totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — The second alarm was needless, and was given before the officers 
of the department had time to reach the scene of the fire. 

Friday, 25th, 7-30 A.M. Still. 
No. 2Allston place. 5 stories; brick; 20X24; owned by Caroline H. 
Cordner; insurance, $2,500; occupied by J. A. Goddard, as dwelling; insur- 
ance, $1,000 ; originated in oasement; cause, unknown; force under com- 
mand of Foreman Smith ; companies present, Engine No. 4; Chemical En- 
gine No. 1 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 25th, 2-05 P.M. Box 15. 
No. 131 Atlantic avenue.. 2 stories ; brick; 45X60; owned by Mercan- 
tile Wharf Corporation; loss, $61; insurance, $8,000; occupied by J. H. 
Campbell, as saloon and dwelling; loss, $181; insurance, $1,000; originated 
on 2d floor, in bed; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hookand Ladder Nos. 
A, 1, 8; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, slight; 
confined to building. 

Friday, 25th, 7-41 P. 31. Box 123. 

No. 71 Dorchester ave. 2 stories; wood; 70 X 100; owned by Howard 
Clapp; occupied by Mr. Lewis etals.,, , as machine shop ; originated in sec- 
ond story; cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer Brown ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 1, 3, 7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 5; 
Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Friday, 25th, 8-53 P. 31. Still. 

No. 5 Spring lane. Cause, escaping steam operating automatic alarm ; 
force under command of Foreman Griffin ; companies present, Engine No. 25 ; 
Hook and Ladder No. 8. 

Remarks. — No fire; needless alarm. 

Friday, 25th, 10-14 P. 31. Box 214. 

Cause, false alarm ; box found open ; force under command of Engineer 
Colligan; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hookand Ladder 
Nos. 4, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 3. 

Remarks. — No fire. 



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Saturday, 26th, 8-44 P.M. Box 249. 
No. 34 Ward st. 2| stories; wood; 26 X46; owned by William Gold- 
smith; loss, $44; insurance, $600; occupied by Charles Eussell et als., as 
dwellings; loss, $5 ; originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed incendiary; 
force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine 
No. 3; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 26th, 10-17 P.M. Box 24. 

No. 7 Blossom st. 4 stories ; brick; 40X46; owned by John Worster; 
loss, $300; insurance, $7,000; occupied by Carrie Burnell etals., as dwellings; 
loss, $100; originated on 4th floor; cause, explosion of lamp; force under 
command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10; 
Hook and Ladder No. 1 ; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 27th, 6-29 1-2 P.M. Box 158. 

Eastern R.R. track. Car; owned by Maine Central R.R. ; loss, $100; 
insurance, $100; occupied by Scott & Bridges, as hay car; loss, $150; insur- 
ance, $150; originated in car; cause, supposed incendiary; force under 
command of Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; 
Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6. 

Monday, 28th, 9-50 P.M. Box 5. 
No. 30 and 32 Lancaster st. 4 stories; wood; 40 X 72 ; owned by A. 
Wentworth ; loss, $1)37; insurance, $5,000; occupied by J. F. Keating, as^ 
planing-mill ; loss, $400 ; insurance, $400 ; E. W. Towne, as mouldings ; 
loss, $600; insurance, $1,000; J. K. Frye, as counters; loss, $200; insur- 
ance, $600 ; Isaac McLean, as carpenter ; loss, $300 ; insurance, $700; origi- 
nated on 1st floor; extended to 3d floor; cause, unknown; force under com- 
mand of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 10,25;, 
Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage 
to building, considerable ; confined to building. . 



MARCH. 



Tuesday, 1st, 11-04 A.M. Box 521. 
Oak place. 2J stories; wood; 30 X30; owned by N. J. Knight; loss, 
$1,700; insurance, $3,500; occupied by A. J. Fuller, as dwelling; loss, $350; 
insurance, $800; originated on first floor; extended to roof; cause, over- 
heated hot-air pipe ; force under command of Engineer llewins ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine 
No. 5 ; damage to building, considerable ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 1st, 11-50 A.M. Box 162. 
No. 33 Central square. 4 stories ; brick ; 46 X 88 ; owned by Hargrave 
" heirs " ; occupied by G. W. Bennett, as dry goods ; originated in basement, 
among rubbish ; cause, unknown ; force under command of Engineer Dun- 
bar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
Hose No. G ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 1st, 6-15 P.M. Still. 
No. 1 1 Camden st. 4 stories ; wood ; 22 X 48 ; owned by C. A. Richards ;, 
occupied by M. F. Phinney, as upholsterer; loss, $25; insurance, $1,000; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, upsetting five kerosene lamps; force under 
command of Foreman Hussey; company present, Engine No. 23;. damage to 
building, none; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 1st, 11-30 P.M. Box 56. 
No. 155 South st. 3 stories; brick; 32X80; owned by J. F. Faxon; 
loss, $426; insurance, $3,000; occupied by A. Bloom, as tailor; loss, $200; 



98 City Document No. 59. 

insurance, $1,000; M. Moore, as tailor; loss, $40; insurance, $500; J. T. 
O'Connor, harness; loss, $75; insurance, $500; originated on 3d floor; 
cause, hot ashes in wooden receptacle ; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. 3, 8; Hose No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 2d, 2-10 A.M. Still. 
No. 108G Washington st. 5 stories; brick; 20X00; owned by Mrs. 
Hastings; loss, $29; insurance, $13,000; occupied by Mr. Fenner, boots and 
shoes; originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed careless smoker; force under 
command of Driver Clark; company present, Hook and Ladder No. A; 
damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 2d, 4-51 1-2 P.M. Box 139. 
No. 3 Vicksburg st. 3 stories ; wood ; 20 X 30 ; owned by Mr. Mann ; 
loss, $200; occupied by J. Tobin et als., as dwelling; loss, $25; originated 
in basement; extended to 2d floor; cause, children playing with matches; 
force under command of Engineer Brown ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
1, 2, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, 
considerable; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 2d, 8-50 P. M. Still. 
No. 772 East Sixth st. 2£ stories; brick; 18X28; owned by Albert 
Maiiley; occupied by Albert Manlcy, as dwelling; originated in chimney ; 
cause, soot taking fire in chimney; force under command of Hoseman Delano; 
company present, Hose No. 12 ; damage to building, none ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 3d, 8-11 P.M. Box 158. 

No. 9 Paris court. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 20; owned by Daniel Harri- 
gan; occupied by Daniel Harrigan, as dwelling; originated in chimney; 
cause, soot burning out; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. "5, 9, 11 ; Hook and Ladder No. 2 ; Hose No. 6 ; 
confined to building. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Friday, 4th, 0-57 P.M. Box 416. 

No. 31 Pleasant st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Samuel Hard- 
ing; insurance, $2,000; occupied by S. Harding, as dwelling; originated in 
chimney; cause, soot burning out; force under command of Engineer Bart- 
lett; companies present, Engines Nos. (J, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose 
Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Friday, 4th, 7 P.M. Still. 

No. 8 Hollis place. 24 stories; wood; 20X53; owned. by Christina 
Weller; loss, $20; insurance, $2,000; occupied by C. Weller et als., as 
dwellings; loss, $50; insurance, $200; originated on 2d floor; cause, careless 
use of lamp; force under command of Foreman Freeman; company present, 
Engine No. 13; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 4th, 7-54 P.M. Box 58. 
Utica st., B. & A. yard. Car; owned by B. & A. Railroad; loss, $100; 
occupied by Stimpson & Co., as paper car; loss, $fi00; originated in the car; 
cause, incendiary; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 15, 25, 2G ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose 
No. 9; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to car, considerable; confined. 

Sunday, 6th, 7-10 A. 31. Still. 
No. f>6 Main st. 3 stories; wood; 20X44; owned by Joseph Hurd; 
insurance, $3,000; occupied by Joseph Hurd, as dwelling; insurance, $2,000; 
originated in register; cause, rags taking fire — carelessness; force under 
command of Foreman King; company present, Hose No. 3; damage to build- 
ing, none ; confined to building. 



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Sunday, 6th, 8-03 A.M. Box 72. 
No. 18 Waterford st. 2 stories; brick; 18 X 57 ; owned by J. H. W. 
Huckins ; loss, $15: insurance, $3,000; occupied by J. H. W. Huckins, as 
meats; insurance, $9,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, hot ashes in wooden 
receptacle; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, En- 
gines Nos. 3, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose Nos. 
5,9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 7th, 7-51 A. M. Box 94. 

Nos. 281 to 285 Columbus ave. 4 stories ; marble and brick; 15 X GO; No. 
281 owned by Carlyle Petersilea; loss, $150; insurance, $8,000; No. 283 
owned by F. M. Hodges; loss, $1,595; insurance, $9,000; No. 285 owned 
by Geo. W Messer; loss, $204; insurance, $8,000; No. 281 occupied by C. 
Petersilea, as dwelling; no loss; No. 283 occupied by F. M. Hodges, as 
dwelling; loss,' $900; insurance, $2,000; Julias Wollf, as dwelling; loss, 
$1U0; insurance, $500; No. 285 occupied by G. W. Messer, as dwelling; loss, 
$50 ; originated on 2d floor of No. 283 ; extended to Nos. 281 and 285, in roof; 
cause, unknown ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 
7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to buildings, 2 slight, 1 considerable. 

Monday, 7th, 10-54 P.M. Box 64. 

No. 783 Washington st. 3 stories; wood; 48 X 48; owned by J. W. 
Foster; loss, $95; insurance, $5,0i'0; occupied by Max Wilson & Co., as tail- 
ors ; loss, $650 ; insurance, $4,000; Dyer Bros, et als., cigars, etc.; insur- 
ance, $3,200; originated on 1st floor; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 26; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose No. 5; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 8th, 5-44 P.M. Still. 
No. 45 Cooper st. 4 stories ; brick ; 40 X 60 ; owned by St. Mary's parish ; 
loss, $37; insurance, $10,000; occupied by St. Mary's parish, as dwelling; 
originated in basement; cause, gas explosion; force under command of Engi- 
neer Cunningham; company present, Engine No. 8; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 9th, 10-38 A.M. Box 217. 
No. 3 Eodgers ave. 2 stories ; wood; 20 X 29 ; owned by Hayward & 
McMullen; occupied by J. McCarthy et als., as dwellings; originated on 1st 
floor; cause, incendiary ; force under command of Engineer Colligan; com- 
panies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; 
Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 3; damage to building, none; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 9th, 10-45 A.M. Still. 
No. 54 Tklegraph st. 3 stories"; wood; 20 X 30; owned by Daniel Diblin; 
loss, $7 ; insurance, $3,000; occupied by J. T. Slattery, as dwelling; loss, 
$20; originated on 3d floor; cause, children playing with matches; force 
under command of Engineman Kay; company present, Engine No. 1; dam- 
age to building, slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 9th, 11-09 A.M. Box 41. 

No. 5 Hawley st. Originated in chimney; cause, smoke from chimney; 
force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 
8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 6 ; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engines 
Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Wednesday, 9th, 7-40 P.M. Box 51. 

Pearl-st. wharf. 1 story; wood, etc.; 38 X 60; owned by George O. 

Murch; loss, $575; insurance, $900; occupied by Geo. O. Murch, as hay 

depot; loss, $2,000; insurance, $2,600; originated on 1st floor; extended to 

roof; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of Chief Greeny 



100 City Document No. 59. 

companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 7, 8, 25, 26; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 1, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, consider- 
able ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 9th, 10-55 P. 31. Box 53. 
No. 611 Washington st. 6 stories ; iron and brick; 51 X 140; owned by 
R. T. Parker et als., trustees; insurance, $100,000; occupied by H. F. 
Miller & Sons, as pianos; insurance, $35,000; originated on 4th floor; cause, 
spontaneous combustion ; force under command of Chief Green; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3,4, 7, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Thursday, 10th, 7-50 P.M. Box 92. 

Huntington ave., 6. & A. Railroad. 1 story; wood and iron; 30 X 600; 
owned by Boston & Albany Railroad Co. ; loss on building, $S63; insurance, 
$1,000; occupied by James & Abbott, as lumber storage; loss, $751 ; insur- 
ance, $10,000; P. F. Williams, as lumber storage; loss, $45; insurance, 
$2,000; W. B. Reynolds, as lumber storage ; loss, $296; insurance, $2,000; 
Putnam & Tr.ew.ogy, as lumber storage ; loss, $420; insurance, $3,000; Shep- 
ard & Morse, as lumber storage; loss, $317; insurance, $2,000; originated in 
lumber; extended to freight cars ; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under 
command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 
23; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine 
No. 2 ; damage to building, considerable. 

Friday, 11th, 9-37 A.M. Box 157. 
No. 69 Boeder st. 2^ stories; wood; 19 X 25 ; owned by John McDer- 
mott; loss, $84; insurance, $1,500; occupied by Jobn Moore, as dwelling; 
loss, $25; originated in basement; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Engineer Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook 
and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 13th, 5-15 A.M. Still. 

Out of the city. Cause, call for assistance ; company present, Engine 
No. 19. 

Remarks. — Engine No. 19 responded to a call from the Chief Engineer of 
Hyde Park. 

Sunday, 13th, 6-46 P.M. Box 513. 

Boylston st. 1^ stories; wood; 15 X 25 ; owned by Leopold Vogel ; oc- 
cupied by P. Abel, as stable ; originated on first floor ; cause, accidental drop- 
ping lighted lantern ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine 
No. 5 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Monday, 14th, 11-54 A.M. Box 67. 
No. 780 Washington st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by N. L. 
White; loss, $75; insurance, $1,500; occupied by Miss C. Riddle, as hair 
store; insurance, $2,000; Mrs. C. M. Currie, dressmaker; J. L. Gordon, as 
dwelling; loss, $82; insurance, $300; originated on 3d floor; extended to 
same; cause, bot ashes being put in a closet; force under command of 
Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 26 ; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose No. 5; Chemical' Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage 
to building, slight; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 16th, 4-54 P.M. Box 231. 

No. 1003 Harrison ave. 2 stories; wood; 18 X 50; owned by Jobn Nor- 
ton; loss, $10; insurance, $1,500; occupied by John Fay etats., as dwelling; 
originated on roof; cause, sparks from chimney ; force under command of 
Engineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; Hook 
and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 5; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 



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Thursday, 17th, 6-45 A.M. Still. 
Nos. 201 and 202 Atlantic ave. 4 stories; brick; 45 X 60; owned by S. 
Hammond "heirs"; loss, $00; insurance, $10,000; occupied by David 
Punch, as liquors; loss, $60; originated in basement; cause, sawdust in 
spittoon, carelessness; force under command of Capt. Scott; companies 
present, Engine No. 25; Hook and Ladder No. 8 ; Boat; damage to build- 
ing, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 17th, 9-45 A.M. Box 612. 

City Hospital. 3 stories; brick; 60 X 70; owned by City of Boston; 
loss, $25 ; occupied by City of Boston, as hospital ; originated in laboratory ; 
cause, boiling over kettle of rosin; force under command of Chief Green; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12. 15, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 
4; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2;. damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Remarks. — Mr. John Cleary was burned about the hands and face at this 
fire. 

Thursday, 17th, 3 P.M. Still. 

No. 49 Monument sq. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 40; owned by Francis 
Thompson ; loss, $25 ; insurance, $6,000 ; occupied by F. Thompson, as dwell- 
ing; insurance, $2,500; originated in basement; cause, boiling over kettle 
of fat; force under command of Foreman King; company present, Hose No. 
3; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 18th, 0-31 A. 31. Box 567. 

Faneuil st. 2 stories ; wood ; 50 X 60 ; owned by Horace Pierce " heirs " 
loss, $400; insurance, $400; occupied by H. Goodenough, as barn ; loss, $50 
M. Griffin, loss, $10; originated in the barn; extended to kitchen and shed 
cause, incendiary; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies 
present, Engine No. 29; Hook and Ladder No. 11; Chemical Engine No. 6; 
damage to buildings, 1 slight, 1 totally destroyed. 

Remarks. — Chief Bixby, with Engine Co. No. 1 of Newton, was present at 
this fire. 

Friday, 18th, 7-48 P.M. Box 167. 

False alarm; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6. 
Remarks. — No fire. 

Sunday, 20th, 10-30 A.M. Still. 
No. 974 Washington st. 4 stories; brick; 30 X 50; owned by S. A. Way; 
loss, $10; insurance, $15,000; occupied by A. Anderson, as dwelling; insur- 
ance, $2,000; originated on 1st floor; cause, sawdust too near furnace ; force 
under command of Driver Clark ; company present, Hook and Ladder No. A ; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Sunday, 20th, 11-25 P.M. Still. 
No. 48 Chardon st. 2 stories; wood; 36 X 41; owned by J. W. Ed- 
mands " heirs " ; occupied by B. J. von Berrenstyn, as peddler; originated on 
2d floor; cause, carelessness; force under command of Capt. Smith; com- 
panies present, Engine No. 4 ; Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 22d, 5-38 P.M. Box 564. 
North Harvard st. 1^ stories ; wood ; 30 X 37 ; owned by J. W. Sarsfield ; 
occupied by J. W. Sarsfield, as dwelling; originated in stove; cause, wood in 
oven igniting; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies present, 
Engine No. 29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 1 1 ; Chemical Engine No. 6 ; damage to 
building, none; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 0-46 1-2 A.M. Box 235. 
No. 140 Dudley st. 4 stories; marble and brick; 50 X 110; owned by 
William Sheaf; loss, $541; insurance, $29,250; occupied by H. J. Seiler, as 
caterer; loss, $1,000; insurance, $1,500; originated in the basement; ex- 



102 City Document No. 59. 

tended to 1st floor; cause, overheated oven; force under command of En- 
gineer Munroe ; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23, 21; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; Chemical Engine No. 5; damage to building, 
considerable ; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 3-23 P.M. Box 176. 
Bremen and Saratoga sts. 1 story; wood; 15 X 30; owned by Eastern 
Railroad; occupied by Eastern R.R. Co., as storage; originated on the roof ; 
cause, sparks from locomotive ; force under command of Engineer Dunbar ; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 5 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; 
Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 6-10 P.M. Still. 
No. 6 Allston pl. 3 stories; brick; 19X36; owned by W. W. 
Warren; loss, $10; insurance, $1,000; occupied by O. A. Drinkwater, as 
dwelling; loss, .$15; originated on 1st floor; cause, clothing too near the 
stove; force under command of Engineman Humphrey ; companies present, 
Engine No. 4; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 23d, 7-55 P. 31. Still. 

St. James ave. 1 story; wood; 21X30; owned by Mr. Johnson; 
loss, $5; unoccupied dwelling; originated on outside ; cause, incendiary ; 
force under command of Foreman Willett; company present, Engine No. 22 ; 
damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 24th, 12-45 A.M. Box 72. 

No. 45 Chapman st. 5 stories; brick; 20 X 30 ; owned by L. K. Mather; 
loss, $2(52 ; insurance, $3,000 ; occupied by Sarah Boas et als., as tenements ; 
loss, $210; insurance, $1,000 ; originated in basement ; extended to 1st floor ; 
cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 22, 23, 25, 2(5 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; Hose 
Nos. 5, 9 ; Chemical Eugine No. 2 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Thursday, 24th, 5-11 1-2 P.M. Box 67. 

No. 11 Burroughs pl. 4 stories; brick; 22X44; owned by Mrs. 
Coburn ; insurance, $8,000; occupied by Mrs. Coburn, as boarding-house; 
loss, $27; insurance, $1,000; originated on 4th floor; cause, sparks from 
furnace; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 4, 7, 10, 22, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8; Hose No. 5; Chemi- 
cal Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Saturday, 26th, 6-55 1-2 P.M. Box 62. 
No. 227 Tremont st. 5 stories ; freestone ; 27 X 35 ; owned by T. L. 
and E. L. Sturtevant; loss, $88; insurance, $10,000; occupied by George E. 
Hammond, as artist; loss, $913; insurance, $1,500; Scudder, Merriam & Co. 
et als., as auctioneers, etc. ; insurance, $16,200 ; originated on 4th floor ; cause, 
gas-jet igniting curtain; force under command of Chief Green; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 10, 22, 2(5; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 8; Hose 
No. 5; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 27th, 10-32 P.M. Box 68. 
Malden st., "Rear." 2 stories; wood; 14 X 75 ; owned by Cummings & 
Kenney ; occupied by T. S. Hewes, as teamster; originated in rear of stable; 
cause, incendiary; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 7, 12, 15, 22, 23, 25 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8 ; 
Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, none ; confined 
to building. 

Monday, 28th, 2-50 P.M. Still. 

Bussey st. Owned byThos. Motley; cause, fire in grass lot; force under 
command of Driver Lewis ; companies present, Engine No. 28 ; Chemical En- 
gine No. 4. 

Remarks. — No damage. 



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Monday, 28th, 7-05 P.M. Still. 
Ashland st. Cause, grass fire; force under command of Driver Lewis ; 
company present, Chemical Engine No. 4. 
Remarks. — No damage. 

Tuesday, 29th, 1-25 P. M. Still. 
Russell and Eden sts. Cause, grass fire; force under command of 
Driver Wheelock; company present, Hose No. 1. 
Remarks. — No damage. 

Tuesday, 29th, 1-25 P.M. Still. 
Forest Hill ave. Cause, grass fire, set by boys ; force under command 
of Driver Black ; company present, Hook and Ladder No. G. 

Tuesday, 29th, 1-42 P. M. Box 343. 
Taylor st. 2 stories; brick; 25 X GO; owned by A. T. Stearns & Sons; 
occupied by A. T. Stearns & Sons, as planing-mill ; oViginated on 1st floor; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Munroe; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 16. 17, 18, 20; Hook and Ladder Nos. 6, 7; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 31st, 11-31 P.M. Box 213. 
No. 117 Hampden st. 3 stories; brick; 40 X 60; owned by J. G. White 
& Son; loss, $160; insurance, $15,000 ; occupied by G. P. Hopkins, as apothe- 
cary ; loss, $308 ; insurance, 1,500; originated on 1st floor; cause, un- 
known — supposed carelessness; force under command of Engineer Munroe; 
companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 13, 21, 23, 24; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
4, 12 ; Hose No. 7 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 



APRIL. 



Friday, 1st, 3-45 P.M. Still. 

Nos. 21 and 23 Beacon st. 5 stories; brick; 28X59; owned by H. 
Endicott; loss, $92; insurance, $30,000; occupied by Mrs. T. Rand, as 
boarding-house; insurance, $5,000; originated on 4th floor; cause, hot 
ashes in closet; force under command of Foreman Smith; company present, 
Chemical Engine No. 1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Friday, 1st, 4-30 P.M. Still. 

No. 3 Bulfinch pl. 4 stories ; brick ; 24 X 48 ; owned by Richardson 
"heirs"; occupied by Mrs. St. George, as lodging-house; loss, $25; origi- 
nated on 3d floor ; cause, gas-jet igniting window-curtain ; force under com- 
mand of Hoseman Cushing ; company present, Engine No. 4 ; damage to 
building, none; confined to building. 

Saturday, 2d, 1-43 and 2-02 A. 31. Box 565. 

Brighton Abbatoir. 2£ stories ; wood ; 35 X 480 ; owned by Butchers' 
Slaughtering and Melting Association; loss, $1,860; insurance, $40,000; 
occupied by N. C. Hollis. as slaughter-house; loss, $616; insurance, $6,000; 
E. D. Kimball, as slaughter-house; M. Lane &Co., as slaughter-house; loss, 
$160; insurance, $3,000; H. & S. A. Whittaker, as slaughter-house; loss, 
$200; H. Bird & Co., as slaughter-house; loss, $300; insurance, $3,000; N. 
& G. D. Chamberlin, as slaughter-house ; originated on 2d floor Nos. 4 and 5; 
extended to Nos, 2, 3, 6, 7 ; cause, unknown; force under command of Chief 
Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 10, 22, 29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 
11 ; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 6; damage to building, considerable; 
confined to building. 

Remarks. — Engineer Brackett, of Cambridge, with Engine No. 1, was 
present. 



104 City Document No. 59. 

Saturday, 2d, 3-47 A.M. Box 428. 
Chelsea st. Oil tank; owned by Oriental Oil Works; loss, $100; occu- 
pied by Oriental Oil Co., as tank; originated in tank; cause, leaky tank ; 
force under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 8, 27; Hook and Ladder No. 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4; confined. 

Sunday, 3d, 0-15 P. 31. Still. 
South st. Owned by Tliomas Motley ; originated in grass ; cause, unknown ; 
force under command of Driver Lewis ; company present, Chemical Engine 
No. 4. 

Sunday, 3d, 0-30 P. 31. Box 86. 
No. 516 Shawmut ave. 2 stories; brick; 18 X 25; owned by Mrs. A. P. 
Smith; loss, $38 ; insurance, $6,000; occupied by Dr. Libby, as dwelling; 
originated on 2d floor ; cause, defective flue; force under command of Chief 
Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 3, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, 
slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 3d, 3-10 1-2 P. 31. Box 414. 
Eastern R.R. freight yard. Car; owned by Eastern Railroad; loss, 
$15; insurance, $15; occupied by Eastern Railroad, as hay car; loss, $75; 
insurance, $75; originated in car; cause, supposed incendiary; force under 
command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 27; 
Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 9 ; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Sunday, 3d, 4-15 P. 31. Box 421. 

Cambridge fire. Cause, assistance wanted; force under command of 
Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 27 ; Boat ; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 1,9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

Remarks. — Chief Casey, of Cambridge, called for aid to extinguish fire in 
lumber yards. 

Sunday, 3d, 4-45 P. 31. Box 421. 

Warren ave. 1 story; wood; 40X250; owned by Wellington & Co.; 
insurance, $2,000 ; occupied by Wellington & Co., as coal-shed; originated 
on roof; cause, sparks from Cambridge fire; force under command of Engi- 
neer Regan; companies present, Engines Nos. 10, 25, 27; Hook and Ladder 
Nos. A, 1; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage to building, none; 
confined to building. 

Sunday, 3d, 5-13 1-2 P. 31. Box 74. 
No. 22 Hamburg st. 3 stories; wood; 18X25; owned by Robert 
McNinch; occupied by Mrs. Johnson, as dwelling; loss, $10; originated on 
1st floor; cause, careless use of matches; force under command of Engineer 
Fernald; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Lad- 
der Nos. 3, 4; Hose Nos. 5, 9; Chemical Engine No. 2; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 3d, 8-20 P. 31. Still. 
No. 413 Harrison ave. 3^ stories; brick; 20X30; owned by Daniel 
Madden; occupied by Daniel Madden, as dwelling; originated on 1st floor; 
cause, explosion of kerosene lamp ; force under command of Foreman Abbott; 
companies present, members of Engine and Hook and Ladder No. 3 ; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

3Ionday, 4th, 6-58 A. 31. Box 123. 

No. 8 A st. 3 stories; brick; 20 X 60; owned by Frank Campbell; loss, 
$131; insurance, $4,000; occupied by R. Barry, as tailor; loss, $154; insur- 
ance, $1,150; originated on 3d floor; cause, dropping hot iron in rags; force 
under command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 3, 
7, 15; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3,5; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to 
building, slight ; confined to building. 



Appendix. 105 

Monday, 4th, 8-53 P.M. Box 643. 

E. Concord st. Owned by Mass. Homoeopathic Association ; cause, false 
alarm; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines 
Nos. 3, 12, 15, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical 
Engine No. 2. 

Monday, 4th, 9-37 P. M. Box 72. 

No. 1121 Washington st. 4 stories; brick; 20 X 70; owned by A. O. 
Bigelow, "trustee"; loss, $300; insurance, $5,000; occupied by Pincus 
Jacobs, as furnishing goods ; loss, $470; insurance, $1,400; Rebecca. Jacobs, 
as dwelling; loss, $119; insurance, $800; originated on ground floor; ex- 
tended to 2d floor; cause, supposed incendiary; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 7, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hook and 
Ladder Nos. 3. 8 ; Hose Nos. 5, 9 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to build- 
ing, slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 4th, 9-46 P.M. Box 74. 

Norwich st. 3 stories; brick; 14 X 30; occupied by Mrs. Ann Leach, 
as dwelling ; loss, $10 ; originated on 2d floor ; cause, kerosene lamp explosion ; 
force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 7, 12, 
13, 15, 22, 23, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 3, 4, 8; Hose No. 5; Chemical 
Engine No. -2; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Wednesday, 6th, 8-21 A.M. Box 83. 

No. 793 Tremont st. 5 stories; brick; 32 X 58 ; owned by Pacific 
National Bank; loss, $5; insurance, $15,(100; occupied by D. C. Denney 
et als., as saloon and dwelling; originated in basement; cause, defective 
chimney; force under command of Engineer Collisran; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose Nos. 
5, 7; Chemical Engines Nos. 2, 3; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Wednesday, 6th, 10-16 A.M. Still. 

King st. Originated in street ; cause, children playing with matches ; force 
under command of Foreman Knights ; company present, Engine No. 14. 

Wednesday, 6th, 3-18 P.M. Box 532. 

Walkhill st. Owned by E. M. Fowler ; originated in grass ; cause, un- 
known; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, 
Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Thursday, 7th, 8-16 A.M. Box 127. 
No. 1 69 West Eighth st. 2^ stories ; wood ; 20 X 25 ; owned by Thomas 
Welsh ; loss, $25 ; occupied by I. Redmond et als., as dwellings ; originated in 
cellar; extended to 2d floor; cause, thawing out water-pipes; force under 
command of Engineer Brown; companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 15; 
Hook and Ladder No. 5 ; Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12 ; damage to building, slight ; con- 
fined to building. 

Thursday, 7th, 0-11 P.M. Box 171. 

No. 334 Border st., " Rear." 1 story; wood; 40 X 40; owned by Robert 
G. Shaw "heirs"; occupied by J. M. Brooks, as mill; originated on the 
roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Engineer Dun- 
bar ; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 
2 ; Hose No. 6 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Thursday, 7th, 2-45 P. 31. Still. 

Weld st. Originated in grass; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Foreman Reiley ; company present, Engine No. 28. 
Remarks. — Grass fire. 



106 City Document No. 59. 

Friday, 8th, 0-25 P.M. Still. 

Bellevue st. Owned by Draper " heirs " ; originated in grass ; cause, set 
by boys; force under command of Foreman Glover; company present, En- 
gine No. 17. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Friday, 8th, 1-45 P. 31. Still. 

Forest Hill ave. Owned by Capen " heirs " ; originated in grass ; cause, 
unknown; force under command of Foreman Merrill; company present, En- 
gine No. 16. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Friday, 8th, 2-30 P.M. Still. 

E. Fifth st., Burying Ground. Originated in grass and brush; cause, 
children playing with matches ; force under command of Engineman Twiss ; 
company present, Engine No. 2. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Friday, 8th, 5-25 P.M. Still. 

No. 2 Acton st. 2\ stories; brick; 20 X 30; owned by Mrs. Patten; loss, 
$30; insurance, $2,000; occupied by Randall Jones, as dwelling; loss, $50; 
originated on 1st floor; cause, children playing with matches; force under 
command of Engineer Fernald ; companies present, Engine No. 3; Hook and 
Ladder No. 3; Hose of repair shop; damage to building, slight; confined to 
building. 

Friday, 8th, 6-53 1-2 P.M. Box 93. 

No. 44 Union Park. 4 stories ; brick ; 22 X 50 ; owned by Abraham 
Avery; loss, $125; insurance, $12,000 ; occupied by A. Avery, as dwelling; 
loss, $325; insurance, $14,000; originated on 2d floor; cause, window-curtain 
taking fire from gas-jet; force under command of Chief Green; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 3, 10, 13, 22, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12; 
Hose Nos. 5, 7 ; Chemical Engine No. 2 ; damage to building, slight; confined 
to building. 

Friday, 8th, 7-05 P.M. Still. 

Liberty sq. 7 stories; brick; 120 X 180; owned by William Mason; 
unoccupied; originated on 1st floor; cause, explosion of gasoline; force under 
command of Laaderman Smith; companies present, Engine No. 25; Hook and 
Ladder No. 8 ; damage to building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 10th, 11-55 A. 31. Box 421. 
City square, Charlestown. 6 stories; brick; owned by Moses Dow; 
occupied by several parties, as stores, etc. ; cause, needless alarm ; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 8, 
27; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4. 

3Ionday, 11th, 0-04 P. 31. Box 537. 
South st. Owned by Thomas Motley; originated in grass; cause, un- 
known ; force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, En- 
gine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7. 

Monday, 11th, 1-09 P.M. Box 348. 
Adams st. Originated in grass ; cause, sparks from locomotive ; force 
under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 16, 
19, 20; Hook and Ladder No. 6. 

3Ionday, 11th, 9-02 1-2'P.M. Box 521. 

Glen road. Originated in grass ; cause, unknown ; force under command 
of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28 ; Hook and 
Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engine No. 5. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Tuesday, 12th 3-51. A. 31. Box 87. 
Nos. 49 and 51 Washington Market. 1 story; brick; 25 X 30; owned 
by William Evans "heirs"; loss, $180; insurance, $20,000; occupied by 



Appendix., 107 

E. B. Howe et als., as provisions ; loss, $10; originated on first floor; ex- 
tended to roof ; cause, supposed careless smoker; force under command of 
Engineer Colligan ; companies present, Engines Nos. 3, 12, 13, 14,22,23; 
Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3. 4, 12; Hose Nos. 5, 7; Chemical Engines Nos. 
2, 3; damage to building, slight ■; confined to building. 

Thursday, 14th, 9-19 A.M. Box 245. 
No. 10 Phillips st. 3 stories; wood; 26 X 40 ; owned by Thos. O'Leary; 
loss, $138; insurance, $3,300; occupied by T. O'Leary etals., as dwellings ; 
loss, $24; originated on 2d floor; extended to 3d floor; cause, careless use of 
matches; force under command of Engineer Colligan; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 12, 13, 14, 23; Hook and Ladder Nos. 4, 12; Hose No. 7; Chem- 
ical Engine No. 3; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 14th, 8-58 P.M. Box 421. 

No. 10 Call st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 35 ; owned by James Decoster; 
loss, $10; insurance, $1,000; occupied by John Hart, as dwelling; loss, $25; 
originated in shavings ; cause, child playing with lighted candle; force un- 
der command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6,8, 
27; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 9; Hose Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 ; damage to 
building, slight; confined to building. 

Friday, 15th, 0-47 A. 31. Box 176. 

No. 406 Chelsea st. Oil tank ; owned by Pierce & Canterbury ; originated 
in oil tank; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Engineer 
Dunbar; companies present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11; Boat; Hook and Ladder 
No. 2 ; Hose No. 6. 

Remarks. — Thomas J. Tobey, a deck hand on the Fire Boat, was injured 
by being jammed between the draw of the Meridian-st. bridge and the boat, 
while returning from this fire, and died the same day. 

Friday, 15th, 7-02 A.M. Still. 

No. 20 Cazenove place. 4 stories ; brick; 40X50; owned by Glendon 
Co.; loss, $75; insurance, $20,000; unoccupied dwelling; originated on 4th 
floor; cause, carelessness of workmen ; force under command of Eoreman 
Willett; company present, Engine No. 22; damage to building, slight; con- 
fined to building. 

Saturday, 16th, 8-32, P.M. Box 12. 

Nos. 18 and 20 Beverly st. 5 stories; brick; 38 X 56 ; owned hy R. H. 
Eddy; loss, $430; insurance, $8,000; occupied by C. A. Mellen et als.; loss, 
$2,145; insurance, $7,000; originated in basement; extended to 1st floor; 
cause, unknown; force under command of Chief Green; companies present, 
Engines Nos. 4, 6, 8, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8; Chemical Engine 
No. 1 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 17th, 0-39 A.M. Box 564. 

North Harvard st. 2 stories ; wood ; 30 X 40 ; owned by Willard " heirs " ; 
loss, $600 ; occupied by C. E. Willard, as stable ; loss, $450 ; insurance, $775 ; 
originated on 2d floor; extended to roof and 1st floor; cause, supposed incen- 
diary ; force under command of Engineer Colligan; companies present, En- 
gine No. 29; Hook and Ladder No. 11; Chemical Engine No. 6; damage to 
building, considerable; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Engineer Brackett, with Engine No. 1, of Cambridge, rendered 
efficient aid, being the first apparatus on the ground. 

' Sunday, 17th, 5-25 P. 31. Still. 

No. 20 Winthrop st. 4 stories ; wood ; 20 X 35 ; owned by Mr. Tewkes- 
bury ; insurance, $1,800; occupied by George J)ix, as store and dwelling; 
loss, $5; originated on 2d floor; cause, boiling over of a kettle of fat; force 
under command of Foreman King ; company present, Hose, No. 3 ; damage 
to building, none ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 17th, 8-38 P. 31. Box 19. 
B. & M. R.R. track. Car; owned by Grand Trunk R.R. ; loss, $10; in- 
surance, $10; occupied by Peckham & Ralph, as hay car; loss, $100; insur- 



108 City Document No. 59. 

ance, 8100; originated in car; cause, unknown; force under command of 
Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25, 2G ; Hook and 
Ladder No's. A, 1, 8; Chemical Engine No. 1; damage, slight. 

Monday, 18th, 8-20 P. 31. Still. 

No. 41 Lowell st. 3 stories; brick; 22 X 30 ; owned by Anilover Savings 
Bank; loss, $5; insurance, $2,000; occupied by J. F. Walton, us bakery; 
originated on 1st floor ; cause, defective fireplace ; force under command of 
Foreman Kimball; company present, Engine No. 6; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Monday, 18th, 9-13 A.M. Box 513. 

Boylston ave. 2 stories ; wood ; 23 X 30 ; owned by P. McGee ; occu- 
pied by F.McKenna etals.. as dwellings ; originated in cellar; cause, supposed 
soot in chimney; force under command of Engineer Colligan ; companies 
present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine 
No. 5; damage to building, none; confined to building. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm. 

Tuesday, 19th, 1-19 P. 31. Box 419. 
No. 171 and 173 Rutherford ave. 2 stories; wood; 20 X 25 ; owned by 
J. E. Bray; insurance, $1,000; occupied by Williams & Son, as junk; insur- 
ance, $500 ; originated on roof ; cause, rags taking fire from chimney; force 
under command of Engineer Bartlett; companies present, Engines Nos. 6, 
27; Hook and Ladder, No. 9; Hose Nos. 1,-2, 3, 4; damage to building, 
none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 19th, 6-25 P. 31. Still. 
AVarrenave., Tuft's wharf. l£ stones; wood; 40 X 80; owned by Nathan 
Tufts; insurance, $2,000; occupied by N. Tufts, as grain store; insurance, 
$3,000; originated under floor; cause, careless smoker; force under com- 
mand of Driver Bartlett; company present, Hose No. 3; damage to build- 
ing,, none ; confined to building. 

Tuesday, 19/h, 8-15 P. 31. Still. 
Bowers st. Tree; originated in a hollow tree; cause, set by boys; force 
under command of Foreman Bolton ; company present, Engine No. 24. 

Thursday, 21st, 5-36 P. 31. Box 172. 

Condor st., Woolley's wharf. Owned by Chas. Woolley&Co. ; occupied 

by C. Woolley & Co., as dredging machine; loss, $50; originated in forecastle; 

cause, unknown; force under command of Engineer Dunbar; companies 

present, Engines Nos. 5, 9, 11 ; Boat; Hook and Ladder No. 2; Hose No. 6. 

• Thursday, 21st, 7-50 P. 31. Still. 

Chestnut-Hill ave. Originated in grass; cause, supposed incendiary; 
force under command of Foreman Champney ; companies present, Engine No. 
29 ; Hook and Ladder No. 11. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Friday, 22d, 1-33 A. 31. Still. 
Foundry st., near Fourth, li stories.; brick; 55 X 105; owned by 
South Boston Iron Co.; occupied by same, as shops; loss, $15; originated 
on 2d floor; cause, friction of machinery; force under command of Engine- 
man Williams; company present, Engine No. 15; damage to building, none; 
confined to building. 

Friday, 22d, 0-20 P. 31. Still. 

No. 48 Corey st. 3 stories; wood; 20 X 25 ; owned by Mr. Mulhern; loss, 
$10 ; insurance, $2,200 ; occupied by same, as dwelling ; originated on 2d floor ; 
cause, defective flue ; force under command of Foreman Getchell ; company 
present, Hose No. 4; damage to building, slight ? confined to building. 



Appendix. 109 

Friday, 22d, 9-59 1-2 P.M. Box 54. 
No. 96 Essex st. 3-i stories ; brick ; 22 X 46 ; owned by N. & D. Eosen- 
feld ; loss, $25; insurance, $6,000; occupied by Mrs. Jenkins, as dwelling; 
loss, $22; insurance, $1,000; originated on 3d floor; cause, upsetting kero- 
sene lamp ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engine 
Nos. 3, 4, 7, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 8; Chemical Engines Nos. 
1, 2 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Saturday, 23d, 1-52 P.M. Still. 
No. 56 Adams st. 2^ stories; wood; 30X40; owned by P. Sharkey 
"heirs"; loss, $10 ; insurance, $1,500 ; occupied by P. McGill, as dwelling; 
originated on 2d floor; cause, rats and matches; force under command of 
Foreman Gaylord; company present, Engine No. 12; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Saturday, 23d, 3-45 P.M. Still. 

Forest Hill ave. Originated in grass; cause, set by boys; force under 
command of Foreman Merrill; companies present, Engine No. 16; Hook and 
Ladder No. 6. 

Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Saturday, 23d, 9-15 P. 31. Box 526. , 

Allandale Springs. Originated in brush ; cause, unknown; force under 

command of Engineer Rogers; companies present, Engines Nos. 12, 14, 28; 

Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine No. 5. 
Remarks. — Brush fire. 

Saturday, 23d, 9-24 P.M. Box 532. 
Bourne st. 1\ stories; wood; 20 X 30; owned by North End Mission; 
loss, $200; occupied by North End Mission, as stable; originated outside of 
building; extended to inside ; cause, burning brush ; force under command of 
Engineer Hewin.s ; companies present, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 
10 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7 ; damage to building, slight ; confined to 
building. 

Sunday, 24th, 9-05 A. 31. Still. 

No. 779 Tremont st. 3 stories; brick; 22 X 40; owned by Mr. Harnblin; 
loss, $5 ; insurance, $10,000; occupied by Mrs. Bonney, as dwelling; origi- 
nated on 3d floor; cause, children playing with matches ; force under command 
of Driver Stimpson ; companies present, Hook and Ladder No. 12; Hose No. 
7; damage to building, slight ; confined to building. 

Sunday, 24th, 2 P. 31. Still. 

Muddy Pond Woods. Cause, unknown ; force under command of En- 
gineer Hewins ; companies present, Engine No. 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; 
Chemical Engines Nos. 4, 7. 

Remarks. — Chemical Engine No. 4 was called on a still, but, being unable 
to extinguish the fire, the rest of the apparatus was called by Engineer 
Hewins. 

Sunday, 24th, 2-24 P.M. Box 534. 

Hyde Park ave. and Poplar st. Originated in the woods; cause, un- 
known ; force under command of Engineer Hewins; companies present, 
Engine No. 28 ; Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engine No. 7. 

Sunday, 24th, 8-53, 9-14 P.M. Box 25. 

No. 276 North Charles st. 2 stories; wood; 20 X 75; owned by Park- 
man " heirs"; loss, $422; insurance, $500; occupied by W. W. Ruddick, as 
boat-builder; loss, $700; E. B. James & Co., as lumber; loss, $15,000; insur- 
ance, $14,650; R. W. Pratt, as boilers; loss, $100; Wra. Hackett, as 
teamster; loss, $500; originated in lumber; extended to boat-house and 
stable; cause, supposed incendiary ; force under command of Chief Green ; 



110 City Document No. 59. 

companies present, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 25, 26; Hook and Ladder Nos. 
1, 8 ; Hose Nos. 3, 8 ; Chemical Engines Nos. 1, 2 ; damage to buildings, 3 con- 
siderable, 1 totally destroyed. 

Monday, 25th, 11-21 A.M. Box 521. 

Brookside avb. 3 stories ; wood; 40 X 100; owned by Aetna Kubber Co. ; 
loss, $100; insurance, .$4,750; occupied by same, as factory; loss, $1,100; 
insurance, $35,250; originated on 3d floor; cause, spontaneous combustion; 
force under command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
14, 28; Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine No. 5; damage to build- 
ing slight ; confined to building. 

Monday, 25th, 9-10 P. 31. Still. 

Washington st. 1 story; wood; 15 X 20; owned by Mr. E. F. Parker; 
occupied by Mr. E. F. Parker, as cow-barn; originated on roof; cause, in- 
cendiary; force under command of Driver Wilson; company present, 
Chemical Engine No. 5; damage to building, totally destroyed ; confined to 
to building. 

Tuesday, 26th, 5 A. M. Still. 

North Charles st. 2 stories ; wood ; 20 X 90 ; owned by Parkman 
"heirs"; cause, rekindling of ruins ; force under command of Hoseman 
Gargan ; company present, Hose No. 8. 

Remarks. — No damage. 

Tuesday, 26th, 10-40 P. M. Box 521. 

Washington st. 2 stories ; wood ; 30 X 50 ; owned by the Sumner " estate " ; 
loss, $25; originated in an out-building; cause, incendiary; force under 
command of Engineer Hewins; companies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; 
Hook and Ladder No. 10 ; Chemical Engine No. 5 ; damage to building, slight ; 
confined tj building. 

Wednesday, 27th, 0-12 A. M. Still. 
No. 9 Blue Hill ave. 3| stories; wood; 20X40; owned by A. H. 
Nichols; loss, $5 ; insurance, $1,000 ; occupied by Henry Jenks, as dwelling; 
originated in basement; cause, careless use of fire; force under command of 
Foreman Gaylord ; company present, Engine No. 12; damage to building, 
slight; confined to building. 

Thursday, 28th, 9-33 A.M. Box 14. 

Union wharf. Originated in jute butts on wharf ; cause, supposed sparks 
from hoisting engine ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies pres- 
ent, Engines Nos. 4, 6, 7, 8, 25; Boat; Hook and Ladder Nos. 1, 8 ; Chemi- 
cal Engine No. 1. 

Thursday, 28th, 11-42 A.M. Box 137. 
No. 628 E. Fourth st. li stories; wood; 20X30; owned hy Mrs. 
Mehegan ; loss, $75; occupied by same, as dwelling; loss, $20; originated 
on the roof; cause, sparks from chimney; force under command of Engineer 
Brown;' companies present, Engines Nos. 1, 2, 15; Hook and Ladder No. 5; 
Hose Nos. 9, 10, 12; damage to building, considerable; confined to building. 

Thursday, 28th, 6-45 P. 31. Still. 
Forest Hill ave. Originated in grass; force under command of Fore- 
man Merrill; company present, Engine No. 16; Hook and Ladder No. 6. 
Remarks. — Grass fire. 

Friday, 29th, 8-56 1-2 P. M. Box 513. 
Jess st. 2 stories; wood; 60X80; owned by Cyrus T. Clark; unoccu- 
pied dwelling; originated on 1st floor; cause, incendiary; force under 
command of Engineer Hewins ; companies present, Engines Nos. 14, 28; 
Hook and Ladder No. 10; Chemical Engine No. 5; damage to building, 
none; confined to building. 



Appendix. Ill 

Saturday, 30th, 8-06 1-2 P. M. Box 73. 

No. 9 Hanson st. 4 stories; brick; 18 X 30 ; owned by I. Bigclow ; oc- 
cupied by Irene Bigelow, as dwelling; cause, house filled with smoke from 
flue ; force under command of Chief Green ; companies present, Engines Nos. 
3, 10, 22, 23, 26 ; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 3, 12 ; Hose No. 5 ; Chemical 
Engine No. 2; damage to building, none. 

Remarks. — Needless alarm ; no fire. 

Saturday, 30th, 9-54 P. 31. Box 21. 
No. 41 and 43 Bovvker st. 6 stories; brick; G0X90; owned by John 
Trull; loss, $20; insurance, $12,000; occupied by J. W. Tufts, as soda ap- 
paratus; insurance, $90,000; originated on 5th floor; cause, unknown; force 
tinder command of Chief Green; companies present, Engines Nos. 4, (>, 7, 8, 
10, 25, 2f>; Hook and Ladder Nos. A, 1, 8 ; Hose No. 8; Chemical Engine No. 
1; damage to building, slight; confined to building. 



112 City Document No. 59. 

APPENDIX B. 

Fire-Alaem Telegraph. 

The Ordinance to establish a Fire Department, passed in 
October, 1873, placed the Eire- Alarm Telegraph and the 
public bells and clocks under the charge of the Board of Fire 
Commissioners. The force employed is as follows : — 

Superintendent. 
Brown S. Flanders. 

, Assistant Superintendent. 

Cyrus A. George. 

Operators. 

Charles M. Chaplin, Granville S. Mendell, 

Uzziel Putnam. 
James L. Crowley, Assistant Operator and Battery -man. 

Foreman of Construction. 
Wm. H. Godfrey. 

Repairers. 

George S. Thom, Jonathan M. Morris, 

Davies C. Freeman, Joseph W. Bird, 

Dennis P. O'Neil. 

A constant watch is kept at the head-quarters, City Hall, 
night and clay, by the operators. Each operator has assigned 
to him certain hours of duty, during which time he is respon- 
sible for the correct working of the apparatus in giving alarms, 
and all testing of the circuits and other details pertaining to 
the service. An automatic arrangement is connected with 
the receiving apparatus, by which assistance may be called 
from the sleeping apartments, if at any time the operator 
should be suddenly incapacitated by illness from performing 
his duties. No operator is permitted to sleep during his 
watch, unless expressly relieved by some one else, and by 
consent of the Superintendent. 

Each operator is accountable to the Superintendent for 
any mistakes that may occur at the office during his hours of 
duty. .. 

An accurate account is kept of the time of giving each 
alarm, and of the station from which it originates, and all 
other necessary information. 



Appendix. 113 

The following notice is printed with the numbers of the 
boxes and circulated among the citizens, for the purpose of 
instructing them as to the manner of giving alarms and cau- 
tioning holders of signal keys in regard to the use of such 
keys. 

The fact that an alarm-box is located near their residence, 
and where the key is kept, should be known to all persons, 
both male and female, and the simple manner of giving an 
alarm in case of fire should be a matter of common education. 
The Board of Fire Commissioners recommend to all persons 
who may see this notice, that they make the necessary inqui- 
ries to enable them, in case of need, either to get the key 
and give the alarm, or direct others to do so. Time saved 
in this way may sometimes prevent a conflagration. 

In case of fire, follow these 



Directions. 

Get the key to the nearest box to the fire. 

Open the box — pull the hook all the way down once, and 
let go. 

Wait one full minute for the sound of the bells. 

If you hear no sound pull again, and a third time if you 
get no sound. 

If you fail the third time, go to the next nearest box and 
do the same there ; but do not touch any other box if the 
nearest one gives the alarm. 

After giving the alarm, remain a while, if possible, by the 
box, so as to direct the firemen to the fire. 



Cautions to Persons Holding Signal Keys. 

1. Never open the box or touch the apparatus except in 
case of fire. 

2. Never sound the alarm for fire seen at a distance. 

3. Be reasonably sure that there is a fire before sounding 
the alarm. 

4. Be sure your box is locked before leaving it. 

5. Never let the key go out of your possession, except 
to some responsible person to give an alarm of fire, and be 
sure the key is returned. 

6. If you remove from your house or place of business, 
return the key to the Fire-Alarm Office without delay. 



114 City Document No. 59. 



Kegulations Concerning Fire-Ax, arms. 

First Alarm to be given by striking three or more rounds. 

Second Alarm to be given on all the circuits by striking 
ten blows, followed by the box number. 

Third Alarm to be given on all the circuits by striking 
ten blows three times, thus : 10-10-10. 

General Alarms to be given on all the circuits by striking 
twelve blows three times, thus : 12-12-12. 

In cases where Hook and Ladder Companies only are 
wanted, signal to be given by striking ten blows once, with 
the No. of the Company struck twice, thus : H. &L. No. 1, 
10-1-1 ; H. & L. No. 2, 10-2-2, etc. 

If more than one Hook & Ladder Company, the signal 
will be given thus : H. & L. Nos. 1 and 3, 10-1-1-3-3 ; H. 
& L. Nos. 2 and 4, 10-2-2-4-4, etc. 

In case of second and third alarms the " tappers " in all 
the houses of the apparatus will be struck 2-2 twice when 
fire is out. The order for this signal to be given by the 
officer in command, at the earliest possible moment. 

Return Signal. — Notice will be given on the bells and 
gongs, one blow four times, thus : 1-1-1-1, hearing which 
the several apparatus on the way to the fire will return to 
their quarters. 

Chelsea Alarms. 

The call upon Chelsea will be given by striking upon the 
Charlestown and East Boston circuits the box number 198 
four rounds. 

The call from Chelsea upon this department will be given 
by striking upon all the circuits of the city the box number 
198, three rounds ; the same for 1st, 2d, and 3d alarms. 



Deer Island. 

189 struck three times on the East Boston circuit and the 
Fire-Boat gong. 

School Signal. 
22 struck three times on all the bells. 



Police Call. 
Eleven blows struck three times on all the bells. 



Appendix, 115 



Special Regulations. 

Members of companies of the "Call Force" shall report 
at the houses of their respective companies, and remain there 
twenty minutes, whenever second or third alarms are sounded 
from boxes to which their companies would respond on the 
next succeeding alarm. 

Members of the several companies of the department, call 
as well as permanent, must remain in their respective dis- 
tricts when a fire is in progress in any other district, unless 
the apparatus to which they are attached is called thither. 
The necessity for this requirement must be evident in view 
of the possibility of two or more fires occurring at the same 
time in different parts of the city. 

There are 288 Signal Stations or Boxes, and the accom- 
panying "Running Card" shows the location of each Box, 
and also the companies responding to 1st, 2d, and 3d alarms 
from the several Boxes. 



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Stock and Fixtukes. 

Magnetic Fire- Alarm Apparatus, the whole cost of which 
is about $100,000. Working Lines of Wire, about 250 miles ; 
Signal Boxes in use, 288 ; Striking Machines, 53 ; Gongs, 
97 ; Tappers, 58 ; Vibrators, 34 ; Clocks : one electric watch- 
clock ; two repeating three-dial clocks for striking signals ; 
Magneto-Electric Machine, for striking bells, 1, loaned to 
Tufts College ; Relay Magnets in use, 18 ; Old Relays, 12 ; 
Eighteen-Pen Register, 1 ; Office Bells in use, 3 ; Old Office 
Bells, 10 ; Telegraph Keys in use, 21 ; Old Keys, 12 ; Dial 
Instruments, 16 ; 12 Sounders and Keys in charge of Dis- 
trict Engineers, with local batteries ; 1 switch-board ; galva- 
nometers, 19, for signal batteries; 2 portable rheotropes ; 1 
chronometer ; 1 set telegraphic apparatus in Superintendent's 
house ; 1 set instruments in Assistant Superintendent's house ; 
4 sets telegraphic apparatus in assistants' houses ; 1 repeating 
instrument from West Roxbury and 1 from Charlestown ; 1 
small switch-board from Charlestown ; 921 battery-cups in 
use at central office ; 98 cups, battery, in use in department 
houses ; 50 cups, dry battery, in house of Engine No. 15 '; 
60 ditto in house of Engine No. 25 ; 80 ditto in house of 
Engine No. 9 ; 123 spare battery-cups ; 2,071 lbs. sulphate 
of copper; 1,800 lbs. zinc; 5 battery-coppers; 150 lbs. sul- 
phate of zinc; 20 lbs. sal-ammoniac; 110 wooden hangers; 
50 brass clamps ; brackets, wire, insulators, etc., office furni- 
ture, bedsteads, bedding, and sundry other articles. 



130 . City Document No. 59. 



Alaem Bells. 

The Fire- Alarm Telegraph is connected with the following 
bells : — 

Adams School-house, Sumner Street, East Boston, steel, 
2,995 lbs., owned by city. 

Andrew School-house, Dorchester street, Washington Vil- 
lage, steel, 2,995 lbs., owned by city. 

Berkeley-street Church, composition, 2,538 lbs. 

Bowdoin-square Church, composition, 3,882 lbs. 

Boylston Market, corner Washington and Boylston streets, 
composition, 529 lbs., owned by city. 

Boylston School-house, Washington, near Dover street, 
composition, 818 lbs., owned by city. 

Bunker Hill School-house, Charlestown, 2,009 lbs., owned 
by city. 

Castle-street Church, corner Washington and Motte streets, 
composition, 1,760 lbs., owned by city. 

Chapman School-house, Eutaw street, East Boston, steel, 
3,109^ lbs., owned by city. 

Charles-street Church, composition, 1,883 lbs. 

Chemical Engine House, No. 4, West Eoxbury, owned by 
city, weight 400 lbs. 

Chemical Engine House, No. 5, West Eoxbury, owned by 
city. 

Chemical Engine House, No. 6, Allston, composition, about 
400 lbs., owned by city. 

Chemical Engine House, No. 7, West Eoxbury, owned by 
city, weight 300 lbs. 

City Hall, Charlestown, composition, 3,600 lbs., owned by 
city. 

Dean School-house, Wall street, composition, 712 lbs., owned 
by city. 

Engine House No. 28, Centre street, West Eoxbury, com- 
position, owned by city, weight 4,000 lbs. 

Engine House No. 1, Dorchester street, South Boston, com- 
position, 2,911 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine House No. 11, Orleans street, East Boston, composi- 
• tion, 817 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine House No. 16, Temple street, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 4,149 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine HousWNo. 17, Meeting-house Hill, Dorchester, 
composition, 4,000 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine House No. 18, Harvard street, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 3,184 lbs., owned by city. 



Appendix. 131 

Engine House No. 19, Mattapan, Dorchester, composition, 
2,927 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine House No. 20, Walnut street, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 3,061 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine House No. 21, Boston street, Dorchester, composi- 
tion, 3,026 lbs., owned by city. 

Engine House No. 29, Brighton, steel, 1,535 lbs., owned by 
city. 

Everett School-house, Northampton street, composition, 
1,501 lbs., owned by city. 

Faneuil Hall, steel, 5,816 lbs., owned by city. 

Franklin-place School-house, corner Tremont and Franklin 
place, Boston Highlands, composition, 2,958 lbs., owned 
by city. 

Fire Department repair-shop, corner Harrison avenue and 
Wareham street, steel, 1,000 lbs., owned by city. 

George-street School-house, Boston Highlands, composition, 
4,160 lbs., owned by city. 

Hancock School-house, Parmenter street, composition, 4,090 
lbs., owned by city. 

Hollis-street Church, composition, 1,800 lbs. 

Hose House No. 12, South Boston, composition, 800 lbs., 
owned by city. 

Hook and Ladder House No. 4, Dudley street, Boston High- 
lands, composition, 3,509 lbs., owned by city. 

Lawrence School-house, B street, South Boston, steel, 3,400 
lbs., owned by city. 

Lewis School-house, Dale street, Boston Highlands, com- 
position, 3,104 lbs., owned by city. 

Lincoln School-house, Broadway, South Boston, composi- 
tion, 3,110 lbs., owned by city. 

Maverick-street Church, East Boston, composition, 2,000 
lbs. 

Old South Church, composition, 1,200 lbs., owned by city. 

Princeton-street School-house, East Boston, composition, 
2,470 lbs., owned by city. 

Quincy School-house, Tyler street, composition, 2,941 lbs., 
owned by city. 

Rice School-house, Appleton street, composition, 3,042 lbs., 
owned by city. 

Rubber Factory, Charlestown, composition, 999 lbs., owned 
by city. 

Saratoga-street M. E. Church, East Boston, steel, 1,968 lbs., 
owned by city. 

Sharp School-house, Anderson, corner Pinckney street, com- 
position, 900 lbs., owned by city. 

Shawmut-avenue Church, composition, 1,909 lbs. 



132 City Document No. 59. 

Smith-street School-house, Boston Highlands, composition, 

4,083 lbs., owned by city. 
Tremont-street Church, steel, 3,324 lbs. 
Warren School-house, Charlestown, composition, 3,000 lbs., 

owned by city. 
"VVells School-house, Blossom street, composition, 1,675 lbs., 

owned by city. 
Winthrop School-house, Charlestown, composition, 3,000 

lbs., owned by city. 

In addition to the foregoing a machine is used for blowing 
the Abattoir whistle in Brighton. 



Public Clocks. 

The following Public Clocks, 40 in number, are taken 
care of by the city : — 

City Proper. 

Arlington-street Church. 

Boylston Market. 

Charles-street Church. 

Christ Church, Salem street, owned by city. 

Castle-street Church. 

Commercial Wharf. 

Hollis-street Church. 

Lynde-street Church. 

Odd Fellows' Hall, Tremont street, owned by city. 

Old^ South Church, owned by city. 

Park-street Church. 

Suffolk County Jail, owned by city. 

State-street Clock. 

St. Stephen's Church, Clark street, owned by city. 

Shawmut-avenue Church. 

Tremont M. E. Church, owned by city. 

Williams Market, illuminated by city. 

Young Men's Christian Union, owned by city. 

South Boston. 

Bigelow School-house, owned by city. 

Gaston School-house, owned by city. 

Lincoln School-house, owned by city. 

Phillips Church, owned by city. 

St. Augustine Church, Dorchester street, owned by city. 

Ticknor School-house, owned by city. 



Appendix. 133 

East Boston. 

Central-square Church. 
London-street Church, owned by city. 

Boston Highlands. 

Winthrop-street Church, owned by city. 

Dudley-street Church, owned by city. 

Dudley street, illuminated by city. 

Metropolitan stables, Tremout street, owned by city. 

Dorchester. 

Neponset Church. 

Tileston School, owned by city. 

Unitarian Church (Milton Lower Mills). 

Charlestown. 

Bunker Hill Church. 

City Hall, owned by city. 

Harvard Hill Church. 

High School-house, owned by city. 

Unitarian Church. 



West Roxbury. 



Dr. Strong's Church. 
Unitarian Church. 



Brighton. 
Bennett School-house, owned by city. 



134 



City Document No. 59. 



SCHEDULE OF PROPERTY. 



Apparatus. 

33 engines, steam fire. 

8 " chemical. 

1 engine, hand. 

1 fire-boat and fixtures. 

35 hose-carriages (horse). 

27 " tenders. 

13 hook and ladder carriages. 

1 aerial ladder. 

1 Skinner ladder. 

37 pungs (hose and jobbing). 
7 sleighs (engineer's). * 

18 wagons (coal). 

6 " (engineer's). 

5 " (supply). 

1 hay caravan. 
3 top buggies. 
13,376 feet hose, leather. 
31,501 " " cotton. 
14,882 " " rubber. 
3,320 " " chemical. 
1,900 " " hand. 
870 " " suction. 

260 belts, spanner. 
14 

63 butt-straps. 
55 chucks, Lowry. 
40 couplings extra. 
58 " enlarging. 

26 " fresh- water con- 

nections. 
1 calcium light and fixtures. 
86 dogs and chains. 

38 extinguishers. 

19 fire-hooks and pole. 
45 goose-necks. 

10 grates, spare (engine). 
100 gongs, brass. 



dogger. 



375 guy chains, feet. 

25 hammers (dog). 

29 heaters. 

60 hooks (plaster). 

210 lanterns. 

60 lines, guy. 

270 " hose. 

44 " life. 

12 " hauling. 
252 ladders. fire 

52 " house " (com- 

mon) . 
8 " Bangor " 

70 bolts and keys. 
20 Siamese connections. 
12 nozzles, spray, 

45 " shut-off. 

5 " square. 
12 spreading. 

90 oil-feeders. 
70 pipes, brass. 

25 " street. 
80 " leather. 

6 ' ' rubber. 

29 " frost. 
84 poles (crotch). 

26 pots (lead). 

10 poles, engine (extra). 

14 reducers. 

100 rounds (ladder). 

12 rams (battering). 

25 rakes. 

10 runners. 

30 relief valves. 
475 spanners. 
12 sledges. 

2 wheelbarrows. 
Estimated value of Appa- 
ratus, $248,500. 



Appendix. 



135 



Bedding. 



figured. 



209 blankets, double wool 

131 " single " 

240 counterpanes, white 

12 

226 comforters 

237 mattresses, hair. 

230 " husk. 

173 pillows, hair. 

129 " feather. 

572 pillow-slips, cotton. 

758 sheets, cotton. 

Estimated value of Bed- 
ding, $9,950. 



Furniture. 

163 bedsteads (iron). 
149 " (wooden). 

98 bureaus. 

31 book-cases. 
4 benches. 
754 chairs. 

53 clocks. 

32 closets (portable). 
2,493 yds. of carpeting. 
41 desks. 

97 looking-glasses. 

2 lounges. 

16 lamps. 

245 yds. of matting. 

130 door mats 

90 stoves. 

40 stove-boilers. 

9 stools. 

Q6 step-ladders. 

6Q settees. 

82 tables. 

248 towels. 

60 towel-rollers. 

816 window-shades. 

Estimated value of Furniture, 
$14,450. 



Horses and Harness. 

69 blankets, fly. 

92 " stable. 
202 « street. 

3 " rubber. 
40 bridles (extra). 

15 breast-plates (extra). 
47 bits (extra). 

4 buffalo-robes. 
30 collars (extra). 
141 collar-hitches. 
146 horses. 

65 harnesses, double. 

57 " single. 

58 " lead. 
17 hames (extra). 

146 halter and halter bridles. 

30 " chains. 

25 horse boots. 

10 " hoods. 

15 lines (extra). 

45 lead bars. 

50 pads for collars. 

60 surcingles. 

55 sleigh-bells (strings). 

3 saddles. 

70 whips, 

40 whiffletrees (extra). 

Estimated value of Horses 
and Harness, $51,500. 



Tools. 



160 axes. 




10 axe-helves. 


12 brushes 


, tube. 


100 " 


horse. 


75 " 


scrub. 


40 " 


floor. 


35 " 


window 


10 " 


paint. 


49 


stove. 


70 " 


dust. 



40 benches (work) 



136 



City Document No. 59. 



50 brooms, stable. 

100 " house. 

140 buckets, wooden. 

30 " leather. 

40 baskets. 

70 coal-hods. 

250 cans. 

50 cold-chisels. 

45 crow-bars. 

80 curry-combs. 

4 clamps (hand) . 

50 dusters, feather. 

30 " hair. 

75 dust-pans. 

25 expanders (hose coupling) . 

75 files (assorted). 

30 forks, manure. 

120 " hay. 

3 grindstones. 

10 hose templets. 

10 hatchets. 

7 hay-cutters. 

25 hammers, chipping. 

25 " claw. 

275 hooks, hose tower. 

50 " manure. 

56 jacks, iron. 

35 " wooden. 

3 knives (draw). 

60 measures, wooden. 

130 mop yarns. 

110 " sticks. 

30 picks. 

10 pinch-bars. 

3 rasps (wood). 

12 rakes. 

135 shovels. 

60 " stove. 

30 sieves. 

52 saws and saw-horses. 

10 saws (hand). 

80 squillgees. 



38 vises. 

350 washers (hose). 
275 wrenches, engine. 
125 " hydrant. 

80 " screw. 

20 " reservoir. 

2 weights (horse). 

Estimated value of Tools, 
$2,300. 



Miscellaneous. 

69 ash-barrels. 

705 badges. 

165 gross of buttons. 

56 blocks, double. 

55 " single. 

12 bugles. 

62 chests grain. 

4 chests, tool. 

500 devices for caps. 

720 tire-hats. 

14 library boxes. 

5,000 feet of rope. 

260 spittoons. 

46 summer gates. 

1 truck for moving engines. 

In storehouse, small supplies. 

Stock and tools, apparatus 
repair shop. 

Stock and tools, hose and 
harness shop. 

Property in storeroom of 
Engine-house No. 4 ; Hose- 
house No. 7 ; Eeservoir on 
Derne street, and at Engine- 
house No. 29, Brighton 
District. 

Estimated value of miscel- 
laneous articles, $15,000. 



Appendix. 



137 





Recapitulation. 




Apparatus 




$248,500 00 


Horses and harness 




51,500 00 


Furniture 




14,450 00 


Bedding . 




9,950 00 


Tools . . " 




2,300 00 


Miscellaneous . 




15,000 00 



Total 



$341,700 00 



EXPENDITURES OF FIRE DEPARTMENT FROM MAY 1, 1880, TO APRIL 30, 1881. 



Salaries 

Repairs of Apparatus 

Repairs of Houses 

New Hose 

Repairs of Hose 

Fuel for Houses and Engines . . . 

Gas 

Priming, Stationery, etc 

Furniture, Bedding, etc. ...... 

Washing 

Small Supplies 

Horses 

Hay, Grain, etc 

Hor6e Shoeing 

Horse-hire, etc 

Tools aud Hardware 

Harness and Repairs 

Oils, etc 

Hats, Badges, Buttons 

Ladders, Rakes, etc 

Reservoirs, Hydrants, etc 

Extra Service 

Tools for the Repair Shop 

New Apparatus 

Contingencies 

Water for Houses and Boat .... 
Water for Hydrants and Reservoirs. 
Care of Hydrants and Reservoirs . . 

Totals 



$30,130 60 
807 96 

96 20 
100 00 

37 50 
254 00 
729 97 

97 49 
17 56 

191 50 
222 08 

1,15s 17 
246 31 
25 00 

159 16 
61 71 



!,921 93 
983 53 
254 64 



56 00 
348 67 
163 12 

82 59 

83 55 
188 30 
221 94 
650 00 

1,428 46 
246 53 
85 30 
55 73 
55 50 
34 59 
28 22 



119 43 

8 16 

366 25 

27 98 

1,410 00 

77,364 00 

51,576 00 



$30,127 00 

842 52 

138 00 

58 89 

84 90 

86 26 

140 51 

310 95 

41 85 

195 95 

82 28 

300 00 

1,072 51 

208 47 

8 25 
95 60 



438 00 
6 06 



$30,769 00 
852 47 
180 27 
5,817 50 
57 80 
186 47 
502 22 
142 80 
128 75 
210 13 
117 00 

1,736 07 
267 07 



33 25 

300 00 



$30,358 04 
1,287 45 
267 04 
363 26 
44 99 
124 90 
137 27 
112 15 
111 68 
189 41 
243 09 
535 00 
767 38 
257 00 
61 17 
18 73 
79 00 
18 98 
58 20 



519 03 

13 64 

1,283 50 

83 75 



3,524 67 

875 74 

259 59 

4 50 

49 34 
503 13 
166 11 

88 84 
110 82 
199 16 



985 34 
247 01 
98 00 
10 68 
154 57 
1 20 
7 62 



3,456 45 
52 80 



$36,924 66 $38,365 12 



$30,426 26 

1,101 46 

139 29 

750 00 

57 98 

1,043 14 

548 27 

77 83 

233 29 

196 12 

301 52 

1,125 00 

1,921 29 

237 79 

153 46 

141 60 
80 29 
17 15 



$30,252 80 

1,315 34 

348 29 

119 23 

87 81 

1,176 72 

233 71 
110 28 

68 65 
188 95 
144 58 
325 00 
1,293 45 

234 07 
84 84 
36 00 
50 13 
80 12 
54 68 



570 24 
5 58 



5,201 57 
769 05 
306 20 
796 42 

36 00 
554 62 
263 44 

68 64 



125 00 

1,736 15 

414 87 

4 00 

9 80 

92 79 

191 51 

68 10 



2 62 

416 48 

9 04 

125 00 

87 64 



$30,481 50 
1,159 39 



86 14 
843 08 
869 97 
103 48 

53 10 
194 13 

16 58 

!,233 90 
313 04 

55 65 

251 40 

69 20 

3 45 



$30,109 63 
1,115 19 
116 10 
43 20 
53 70 
713 64 
281 21 
55 81 

192 06 
32 25 

1,909 64 
263 52 
IS 00 
21 63 
74 11 
9 91 
420 13 



$30,355 84 
1,308 22 
209 20 
900 00 
47 51 
499 25 
243 96 
141 36 
915 55 
175 50 
216 45 
1,615 00 
1,980 99 
295 90 
67 00 
15 10 
429 52 
85 18 



Transfers 
from repairs 
of Apparatus. 



1 4,279 80 
1,018 26 



313 86 
37 23 



483 74 
1,008 50 



$363,658 84 

8,138 52 

3,638 97 

8,953 00 

730 40 

1 6,333 88 

4,279 76 

1,392 22 

1,793 60 

2,299 27 

1,938 26 

4,675 00 

18,223 35 

3,231 58 

586 77 

232 58 

1,831 33 

633 77 

787 15 

300 00 

59 47 

4,679 62 

5S4 0U 

6,239 70 

1,662 14 

1,410 00 

77,364 00 

51,576 00 



1 Not including $2,873 10 transferred to other appropriations Fire Department. 

" " 1,406 70 " " Fire Alarms and Bells and Clocks. 

3 Including coal for Engine Heaters. 

INCOME. 

Fire Department and Fire Alarm $2,097 89 



EXPENDITURES OF FIRE-ALARM TELEGRAPH AND BELLS AND CLOCKS FROM MAY 1, 1880, TO APRIL 30, 1881. 



Fire-Alarm Telegraph. 


* May. 


June. 


July. 


August. 


September. 


October. 


November. 


December. 


January. 


February. 


March. 


April. 


Totals. 


Balarl 


$1,027 67 


$1,234 92 
164 31 

18 00 
8 00 
60 97 
28 57 

26 17 
16 86 
2 38 
15 28 


$1,235 17 

* 319 68 

6 50 
81 31 
4 70 

25 00 

28 03 

90 

2 94 

8 50 


$1,222 30 
607 50 

218 30 

9 88 
3 00 

5 00 

46 73 

2 90 

3 94 

27 74 


$1,336 42 

1 50 

189 50 

30 00 

4 81 

5S 13 

3 80 

4 38 
16 78 


$1,334 67 

12 93 

12 51 

55 

46 90 

2 83 

3 88 
8 00 


$1,237 67 
75 00 . 
43 55 

12 00 
8 17 
19 82 
30 00 

10 S7 

19 35 

3 44 
16 25 


$1,222 42 
127 42 

6 00 

25 00 
16 25 

25 84 
11 06 

8 00 


' $1,211 67 

14 70 

20 00 

12 00 
28 45 
4 70 

15 05 

60 

2 75 
17 37 


$1,251 32 
102 50 

176 22 
127 84 

3 80 

42 91 
33 00 
S 31 

98 47 

50 

2 38 

8 00 


$1,255 17 
24 00 
151 65 
516 92 

13 23 
28 67 
4 63 
43 75 
16 95 

27 50 
23 33 
2 63 
41 10 


$1,146 51 
326 00 
170 86 
296 52 

9 69 
72 00 

78 49 
82 50 

207 00 

72 71 
10 40 
1 69 
8 00 




Machiner 






15 00 
40 00 

52 00 

6 00 
3 35 

53 15 


911 09 
1,696 68 
52 00 
27 88 
87 46 
280 82 
229 08 
258 65 
76 73 
207 00 
507 34 
72 58 


















57 01 






2 63 
8 00 








1,311 09 








$1,203 19 


$1,575 46 


$1,712 73 


$2,147 29 


$1,644 82 


$1,422 27 


$1,466 12 


$1,444 74 


$1,327 24 


$1,855 2.'. 


$2,147 43 


$2,4S2 37 


$21,800 00 



Bells and Clocks. 


May. 


June. 


July. 


August. 


September. 


October. 


November. 


December. 


January. 


February. 


March. 


April. 


Totals. 




$12 50 
5 46 


1 SO 


$8 75 


$37 50 
4 28 




$33 75 


$12 50 
4 28 


400 00 


$33 75 


$15 42 
7 13 


$2 93 
-'4 00 


S27 98 


$185 03 




21 15 




25 80 




400 00 






95 61 








Totals 


$17 96 


$1 so 


$8 75 


$41 78 




$33 75 


$16 78 


$400 00 


$33 75 


$22 55 


$26 93 


$27 98 


* $727 59 







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