David Demerest, of this city, has taken measures to secure a patent for protecting the hose of fire engines in cities from being injured while laid across streets and railroad tracks by cars and carriaues passing over them. The invention consists in the employment of a portable section of a railroad track which section has a horizontal recess made in its bottom under which the hose is laid and carried to the place desired. This portable section ot a railroad track is placed to cover and protect the hose from injury, and carts and cars will safely pass over the section track without touching the hose, and without being diverted from their line of passage, this is necessary for the free travel of railroad cars on tracks in the city. The invention is a useful and much needed one.