Fighting a Fire Charles T. Hill

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Fighting a Fire  by  Charles T. Hill

Fighting a Fire by Charles T. Hill
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This volume was originally published in 1894 and tells thestory of what it was like to fight fires in New York in the19th century.From the books Foreword:This little volume, revised and brought thor-oughly up-to-date, in text and pictures, isMoreThis volume was originally published in 1894 and tells thestory of what it was like to fight fires in New York in the19th century.From the books Foreword:This little volume, revised and brought thor-oughly up-to-date, in text and pictures, is offeredas a modest appreciation of the work of the NewYork firemen.

The task of these men, thoughmodified somewhat by improved appliances, re-mains just as heroic and picturesque as it didwhen the first edition of this book was issued in1897. In fact, this original edition, in text, if notin pictures, could have stood as a fairly correctdescription of the physical workings of the NewYork Fire Department to-day, for though equip-ment and apparatus have changed considerablyin the past few years, there has been no materialchange in the actual work of extinguishing fires.No better substitute than water as a mediumfor stopping fire has yet been discovered.

Newsystems for supplying it in greater volume anddevices for directing it more accurately at theheart of a fire have done much to aid the fire-fighter in his work- but his calling remains justas perilous and as full of dangerous uncertaintiesas it was twenty-five years ago. And it was totell of these dangers and hardships, as well as todescribe the exact way in which a modern firedepartment was managed, that the first edition ofFighting a Fire was issued nearly twentyyears ago.

The favor with which this little bookwas received by the general public, and by theAmerican boy in particular, proved beyond ques-tion that just such an appreciation of the firemenand their work was wanted. And if the presentvolume should meet with an equally cordial re-ception the time devoted to gathering the new ma-terial has been well spent indeed.In conclusion the author wishes to offer to Mr.Walter Harris, Mr.

Charles G. Kiehl, Mr. SamuelNewman, the Outlook company, and several otherfriendly helpers, his grateful acknowledgmentfor the use of drawings and photographs, whichhave aided largely in furnishing the pictorialeffect that, better than any words, conveys tothe reader a realistic comprehension of a fire-mans life and his unfailing heroism.



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