The several parts of this invention, in themselves, contain but slight elements of novelty, yet the combination of these parts, which is covered by the patent, constitutes, in our opinion, an important and useful improvement, and one which has before it a large field in which it may be advan- tageously and economically applied. Our artist has so well delineated the machine that it will be at once understood by all familiar with fire engines. It is a combination of the well-known and extensively used endless j apron horse-power machine with a force pump, and reel for I a hose ; the force pump and reel being placed at the front, as shown. The pump is driven by a crank motion actuated by a pair of bevel gears, the suction and delivery hose being coupled underneath the barrel of the pump, or in any other convenient position, the relative position of the parts not being material to the claims of the inventor. The whole is placed and fixed on a suitable truck, and the weight of the entire apparatus including truck may, it is thought, be brought within 2,500 pounds. A folding back, when let down as shown in the engraving, forms a bridge whereby the horses mount to the endless apron. The engLie is drawn by horses to the place of conflagration, and is ready to operate as soon as the horses can be unhitched from the carriage and led upon the endless apron described. For rural towns and the suburbs of large cities, this engine possessesmany advantages, coming, as it does, between the hand engine and the expensive steam fire-engine. Its lightness enables it to be rapidly drawn to a fire, and the cost of fuel is saved. Its cost is much less than a steam engine, and its working efficiency may be made much greater than that of a hand engine as the number of horses is not limited to two, but three or four may be used in machines of large capacity. It thus has, in proportion to the working power of the horses, the advantages of steam fire-engines, without the defects of hand engines, not the least of which is the generally admitted demoralizing tendency of volunteer fire-company organizations upon the youth who for the most part compose them. Extra hose-carts are not needed. The machine may be placed in charge of some responsible person in small towns, and when required two or thrte men may effectually operate it. Where the water has to be raised only a short distance through the suction pipe it is claimed that two horses will, through two hundred feet of hose, throw a three-quarter-inch stream to a hight of from sixty to seventy feet. We think this machine peculiarly adapted to the wants of far-western towns. In such cases it might be placed in the care of the postmaster, merchant, or other responsible party centrally located, and would lo an important safeguard against those disastrous conflagrations which have so frequently ravaged our border settlements. Patented, through the Scientific American Patent Agency, Nov. 2,1889. For further information concerning rights, etc., address John C. McCarthy, patentee, 131 Barrow street, New York. Novel Trout Fishing The Virginia City (Nevada) Enterprise states that trout are taken at Carson in the following unique manner: " They take a cartridge of ' Giant' powder, weighing about a quarter of a pound, insert into it a piece of fuse, properly capped, about six inches in length, then, lighting the fuse, the cartridge is thrown into any deep hole supposed to contain trout or other fish. After the cartridge has been thrown into the water, smoke and bubbles of gas are seen to rise to the surface, then in a few moments comes the explosion—a dull, heavy report. The surface of the water is seen to bulge up, and the ground can be felt to shake for fifteen or twenty feet back from the water. " Immediately after the explosion, all the fish that happen to be within a circle of twenty-five or thirty feat; of the spot where the cartridge fell, come to the surface, either killed outright or so badly stunned that it is some minutes before they recover. Our informant says that with two cartridges he saw over fifty pounds of fish killed, counting trout, white fish, and chubs. In places, aiter a blast, the whole surface of the water would be covered with minnows from an inch to three or four inches in length. At Elko they are practicing the same style of fishing, only that out there they tie the cartridge to the end of a long pole and thrust it into the water, holding it until the explosion occurs. This is the most destructive mode of fishing we have ever heard of; it is a regular wholesale slaughter of great and small, good and bad. Should the practice gain ground it will be necessary for the Legislature to put a stop to it by making it a criminal offense to fish with Giant powder. Parties have already been talking of trying thi s process in Lake Tahoe, where, by using large cartridges, they expect to bring up hundreds of trout at a single shot.”
This article was originally published with the title "Improved Horse-Power Fire Engine, Novel Trout Fishing"