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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 Excerpt: ...men," and twenty-four as "fire-hook men." On February 5, 1817, the ordinance was revised, but no important changes were made. The next year, on September 23, the Board of Trustees organized a fire company of eleven axemen, with B. Woodworth as captain; fourteen fire-engine men, with D. C. McKinstry as captain; and fourteen bagmen, with H. J. Hunt as captain. There was evidently much trouble this year occasioned by evil or mischievously disposed persons stealing or hiding some of the apparatus. On September 30 the secretary of the trustees was directed to "procure information as to where the Fire hooks and Battering rams are," and on November 14 John R. Williams was authorized to provide eight battering rams and two fire hooks. The Gazette of December 16, 1818, contained the following: NOTICE. Any person who will give such information as will lead to the recovery of the fire hooks and battering rams belonging to the city, which have for some time been lost or concealed, will be duly rewarded. Thos. Rowland, Secretary. The notice was evidently of no avail; new firehooks had to be obtained, and at a meeting of the trustees, January 28, 1819, Harvey Williams presented an account of $55 for making them. On March 13, 1819, a meeting of the citizens was held at the call of the trustees "to consider the propriety of raising a tax to buy a fire engine." The tax was voted down, because a scheme was in progress to procure one by means of a lottery to come off April 1. A communication in the Gazette of March 26 made the following plea for the plan: "Let every citizen buy a lottery ticket as soon as possible in order to procure the means to lessen the danger from fire." Ten per cent was to be deducted from the eighty-four pri...
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