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QUAINT CUSTOMS OF WORLD'S QUEER' PEOPLE
S77ZX USING FIRE ENGINE 123 YEARS OLD
These days when, we see motor fire
engines, motor hook and ladder
trucks and hose wagons rushing
through the streets of all American
cities, it is queer to note that Both
bury, a town in Northumberland,
England, is still using a fire engine
123 years old. The picture above
shows the engine and the fireman
who is the custodian of it.
The engine was presented to the
town by Sir George Farquahar in
1788. It has been continually in use
since then, standing most of the time
on the porch of the parish church.
This ancient fire engine is today
the town's only prptection. It is
capable of throwing a jet of wpter 60
feet high, which is more than is re
quired to top the highest house in
Note the solid wooden wheels.
"Waiter, do you call this an oyster
stew?" inquired a customer at a res
taurant. "Yes, sir," replied the
waiter. "Why, the oyster in this
stew isn't big enough to flavor it!"
"He wasn't put in to flavor it, sir; he
was supposed to christen it!"
There is some advantage in living
in Iceland for women; men and wo
men there! enjoy equal political rights,