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VCLUME IX.-NUMBER 1967
CHARLESTON WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 1, 1872.
EIGHT DOLLARS A YEAR.
THE FIREMEN'S FESTIVAL
TOURNAMENT OF THE CHARLESTON
The City In Holiday Attire-An Im?
mense Crowd-Incidents of the Pro?
cession and the Contest-The Fastest
Time on Record-Ho no rs to the
Pioneer, the Tonne; America and the
Marlon-Awarding the Prizes-Re?
Yesterday was a great day for the firemen
of Charleston. Not exactly a gala day, or,
rather, a gala day and something more, for In
addition to the festive glories of the annual
parade there was a stern, practical test of the
brawn and muscle, the courage, endurance,
discipline "and efficiency of the respective
companies, which made lt a day of terrible
.labor for the brave fellows who compose the
-department, bot which made the prizes and
the plaudits that they gained doubly dear by
reason of the exertions which were made to
' win them. Being a great day for the firemen,
it w.ia also a great day for Charleston, for
?Charleston is proud ot her gallant Are laddies,
and with good reason. There have been two
dreadful scenes of devastation by the fire
king Ia this fair city, the first In 1838 and the
second in 1861; but since those terrible times
the organization ot the Charleston Steam Fire
Department, as lt now exists, has been per- j
fected, and that department stands to-day an
intrepid. Invincible guard against the fiery
element, and furnishes an absolute guarantee
that Charleston can never again be lett to the
mercy of tM flames. We are now enjoying
the "piping time o o? peace," so far as fires are
concerned, and have had for several months
bat few of any kind, and none of any serious
importance; but rho can say that, had it not
'been for the prompt efficiency of the steam
companies whenever they have been called
opon to act, any one of the little fires we
bar? had might not have resulted in a terrible
and widespread* conflagration. Involving
whole blocks ot stores and dwellings, and de?
stroying millions of dol.lars! worth o! property?
The highest possible proof of the efficiency of
onr Fire Department is furnished by the com?
paratively- trivial list of losses caused by ail
the fires that the city has ,be?n .visited with
ibr many months, and for this happy immuni?
ty of our citizens from loss by Are the grati?
tude of Charleston Is plainly due, and is cor?
dially awarded, to the firemen. It Is an ex?
tremely comfortable feeling to be able to go
to Bleep at night in the full assurance that
then ls not the remotest probability of being j
awakened before the dawn by the glare of the
Ure demon, or of waking la the morning to
. find, a masa of smoking ruins where stood
?orne noble building, and lt ls in precisely
this state of absolute security that our citizens
relire to rest e ich night.
There Is something Dobie in the very Idea of I
a fire department composed of volunteers. Its
members are Invisible, as firemen, except
when duty calls them to don the uniform and.
wield the weapons of their battle with the fiery
ide. They compose an unseen army of pro?
tection, and by day rind night are not to bc
distinguished from the body of our citizens.
Bnt let the fire-bell, which ls their tocsin of
hattie, Bound an alarm, say in the dead silence
of midnight, and from a thousand couches
spring the ever-listening firemen. Before the
first stroke of the* alarm-bell has died away In
echoes, they have hurried on their uniforms,
and their sturdy hearts bound with the excit-1
lng thought of another tussle with their an?
cient enemy. Hastening through the silent
streets, they gather from every quarter to theta,I
engine-houses, and bringing thence their tru3- ?
ty apparatus, they speed to the scene of ac?
tion. ' Here they meet their terrible foe and
. rush to give him battle. It may be
that : the fire demon. has attacked
acme storehouse filled with rich treas-1
tires from ? every ? quarter of the globe,
and Is destroying with his hissing breath the j
accumulations ot a lifetime of labor, or lt may
he tjhat he has las tened his myriads of flaming
tongues upon the dwel'log house or some
family who are imprisoned within and facing
A frightful death. It matters' not to the fire?
man. His foe is before him, and iumust
?conquerordie. He, perhaps, bears the piti?
ful appea's of tender won en, or of helpless j
children; and lt is not lu bis nature to refuse]
to respond, at the cost of h.s own Hie if need
be,* to such appeals fo; succor* He dashes
into the burning building, through ^Unding
?clouds of smoke, and grapples with the demon
in his very stronghold. Now creeping preca?
riously along the starting timbers, now
swinging his battle-axe and crashing
through walls and windows, and then
hurling whole torrents of another but
blessed element upsn the flames, be con?
quers at last. He may perhaps be bruised
and scorched and battered, he may be gasp- I
lng for breath lo an-atmosphere like that of
hell, fie may feel the curling flames enwrap?
ping his body, and be may know that death is i
oerore him; bnt still he fights on, and if death
claim him lt finds him at his post of duty.
Truly, all honor and all praise is due to the
heroes of such gallant deed?. Their courage
ls that of. the true soldier, and lt is nobler,
higbec/lofiier than that which animates the |
soldier-for tfte mission ot the fireman is to
protect and Bave. It is no cause for wonder,
then, that Charleston, mindful ot the brave
deeds of her firemen in many a terrible con
fllctf delights to do honor to the Steam Fire De?
partment, and loBes no occasion to bestow
such plaudits as greeted their exertions yes?
For weeks past the only conversation along
the streets and at the engine-houses was about
the tournament. Every one had his favorite,
and few they were but thought his own en-'
.gine, bis favorite, would ap.on,:h tue natives
by carrying off. the first prize. At ghostly
hburs of .the night, by moonlight and star?
light, the machines were taken from the
houses by the picked bands, and soon the
shouts of the runners and the thundering of
the heavy wheels over the cobble stone would
startle the nervous and add a red-coated
spectre to the dreams of the heavy sleepers.
From the depths of engine-houses io the silent
hours of the night could be heard the voice of
command, the scuffling of feet over the floor,
and the cry of "time" resounding from seve?
ral quarters at the same second. Brasses have
-been cleaned and metal polished, unlit '..ie
engines shone like burnished shields. Hats
had to be mended, cones added, belts and
buckles fl.-c.ed up, and all the paraphernalia
known to firemen were to be seen about the
streets and figuring in the saddlers' and
tailors' establishments. Behind the desk, at
the forge, in the machine shops and on the
streets the tournament has been the single in?
spiration, and from every quarter the gallant
firemen strained a holiday and took their
places tn the tine.
With the dawn of day every fear ot bad
weather was dispelled, and?the EUH.
bright and clear, glviog promise and rj
all he could to make the contest a hot
In the cool of the morning, and while ye
slanting shadows threw a grateful shade
the streets, young ladles, in white dre
with their heads full of "Bremen and ecg
thronged down the street to Becure con'
ent places along the line of march for se
the procession or for watching the con
The firemen all seemed three inches t
than usual, and assembled with a wondi
punctuality at their various engine-hot
The machines were dressed, pulled out an
assembled fct the Citadel Green at nine o'cl
The ?itadei band was herein readiness t
ceive them with music, and the' steamers
trucks took up their positions along the ii
side of the lenee. The various unlibn
white, red and gray-made a picturesque
pearance upon the Green, and the
tlnkllogs of the hose-reel bells, with the B!
clang from the trucks, added an lnsplri
music to the filing and counter-marchlnj
the companies as they took up their ]
The companies leaving their engines,
formed a large hollow square, In which
band went through the ceremonies and plc
the airs appropriate to the occasion, s
which the companies closed up. Ex-Presi<
W. H. Smith then took a large flag fron
case, and unfurling it, presented it to
Steam Department with suitable words,
said he stood for the last time before the I
Department of Charleston for the purposi
presenting this flag, which had been entrui
to h|s care by the Washington Steam 1
Company, of Wilmington, Delaware, on
occasion of their visit to the elly last fall.
w\ s a noble token ot their regard, and she
be cherished with all those feelings which
tingu'rsh firemen in their relations with e
other. The flag was received by Dlreotoi
H. Sparkman, chairman cf the committee
arrangements, who said:
? Afr. Sx-Prtsident Smith- In behalf of th
I have tbe honor to represent on this oe
sion, I accept with pleasure the beautiful t
tlmonlal from our brother firemen of V
erington, Delaware. Those who surround
are doubtless, like myself, much gratified
the taste exhibited by yourself, the accon
ilshed medium of our distinguished fr len
We have tested the Bobs of gallant Delawa
and glory In their manhood and cnaract
The sons of 8outh. Carolina, in whatever <
partment engaged, never can forget the fi
of their fathers-thirteen stars, the ever-li
lng representative of the terrible ordeal tl
tried their manhood, and tbe symbol of th
s n ff erl rigs, their patiente, their fort nut
their heroism and their triumph. Behold, a
-rece! ve lt. It Is the flag of t a e Colon, und
the constitution of our fathers
'Tis the Star Spangled Banner, Oh I long maj
O'er the land of the free and the home of t
The flag ls made of heavy silk, with thli
gold fringe, and is a very handsome stand
By degrees, under the manipulation of tl
chief and his assistants, good order from co
fusion sprung, and about half-past nine o'clo
flied out of enclosure to and down King stre<
beaded by the splendid Post Band. This w
composed of sixteen musicians, all In dre
parade nntlorm, and preceded by a striklt
looking drum major, with the huge gi
knobbed insignia of his rank. They play?
with a military precision and correctness, at
awoke the echoes In distant alleys as th
went crashing down the Broadway of the cit
They were closely followed by the chief of tl
Fire Department, Mr. M. BT. Nathan, and assle
ant chiefs Messrs. B. M. Alexander, C. 1
Almar and F. L. O'Neill, and B. M. Strobe
clerk of the board. These gentlemen all woi
their handsome saffron colored frock coa
with elaborate wliittihats and fancifully wo ri
ed belts. Next camethe committee of arra rig
ment?, composed ot one director from eac
company, as follows: E. H. Sparkman, chai
man; W. H. Starked, Jno. F. Byrns, A. ,
Mills. C." A. Von Dohlen, E. H. Starken, J. 2
Lafitte, T. E. yogan. C. L. Budrot, Wm. Gai
non, H. A. Keckeley, Jno. Miller, J. Kresge
J. C. Ripley. At the head of the flreme
HOOK AND LADDER COMPANY, NO. 1,
parading thirty-five mea, wich a roll of lort;
In their uniform consisting of a red shirt wit
black pants and belts and fireman's hat Th
company was incorporated on the 13th of De
oember, 1865, and has Its truck house li
Queen street. The truck was built by C. E
Hartshorn, of New York, and 'has BIX l?dier
from ten to forty-two feet long, twelve shor
trucks, six medium sized books, ten long
hooks, four axes, two pick axes4j,one crow
bar, chain hook, and block and tackle. Th*
truck was plain, with no decorations but !
simple wreath around the head light. The
company had no trial of skill, but took part In
the procession by Invitation. The men wer?
a fine looking body and marched well. Tht
officers are as follows : John Doyle, foreman
John Hanlon, assistant foreman; Frank McGa
ry, secretary; Arthur Johnston, treasurer,
THE PIONEER STEAM FIRE EXCISE COMPANY,
known of old as the Charleston Fire Company
of Axmen, came next in the line, the engine
being drawn by four handsome bay horses,
each bearing a small .''Pioneer" flag upon its
head. This ls the oldest company in tue Fire
Department, ano; was Incorporated In 1801.
The uniform ls a white flannel coat, trimmed
with red, with black belt and pants, and fire?
man's hat. The engine was draped with
white aud black, the emblems of mourning,
and was simply decorated with evergreen
wreaths and garlands. It bore th? little white
flag with "Our 'Jus" upoa lt. On tt?e hose
reel, upon a white ground with black letters,
were the words, '-We mourn Henry Clark,
E. D. Euston, Robert Drayton." The two for?
mer were ex-presldents of the company. On
the roll of the company are the names of six?
ty-eight men, ol whom filty-four paraded un?
der their officers, as follows: Augustine T.
Smythe, president; J. 0. Goutevenier, vice
president; H. A. Keckeley, first director; E.
C. Slelnmeyer, second director; T. J. Melvin
third director; G. Cliapin.ionrth director; W. P.
Ravenel. treasurer; J. W. Mc Keary, secreta?
ry; J. C. Slgwald, engineer; H. L. Beckman,
assistant engineer; G. H. Chopin, A. C. Mus?
tard, axmeu; J. E. Burke, solicitor; T. C. Gir
ardean, surgeon. N?xt marched
THE EAGLE STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPANY,
incorporated in 1818. The engine, '-Our Pet,"
was drawn by two fine bay horses, driven by
Democrat Riley, and wa,s beautifully decked
with wreaths and sprlhir roses. The uniform
is a red tunic, edged with black, while panis
and fireman's hat. The men made a siriklng
appearance. The officers are: W. R. McIn?
tosh, president; John Reed, vice-president ; A.
J. Mills, first director; A. V. Eonapaux, second
director; J. S. Bee, third director; E. Heuer,
fourth director; A. M. Cohen, secretary; 0. E.
'Johnson, treasurer; Geo. Bhokes, engineer; C.
M. Ham, assistant engineer; G. Worsell, N. P.
Riley, T. Jaques, A. Shokes, axmen; J. S.
Buuch, hallseeper; B. S. Duryea, solicitor; J.
L. Ancrum, surgeon ; W. S. Bowman, cbaplt
THE VIGILANT STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPi
followed, making a splendid show, w
seventy-five men in line, tn their tasteful u
form of white coats, faced with red s
edged with blue, and white pants with b
cord. The company was formed in 1817 s
incorporated In 1819. Their handsome Ul
engine, "Little Giant,'' wa? drawn by t
horses-a black and cream-and was drar.
with mourning colors. 'The decorations wi
simple and neat, consisting of evergre
wreaths, interspersed with white flowers,
the hose-reel, in white and black, was t
name o' George Black, their late memb
for whom the company mourned. The o
cers are : Charles Inglesby, president ; J
McElroy, vice-president ; J. A. Lafitte, fl
director ; A. H. Mowry, *eeond director ;
B. Gilllland, tblrd director ; Samuel Thom
fourth director ; J. A. Eoslow, Jr., socretai
T. B. Jones, treasurer ; F. McMillan, en
neer ; L. B. Beed, assistant engineer ;
Tlmmons, J. B. Massot, C. 8. McNelty, C."
Hard, azmen. Close behind came the
PHOENIX STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPANY,
with sixty fire men In line, In the old unlfo
of'gray coats, trimmed with red facings, i
belts, white panta. The -'Little Frank" v,
draped with black and white, and was dec
ated with cedar, with a few white roses. T
reel came first, and bore the name of Fran
J. Porcher, their deceased ex-president, ail
whom their engine was called. The compa
made a fine turn-out under their officers,
follows: W. A. Kelly, president; A. G. 1
grath, Jr., vice-president; E. H. Sparkma
first director; S. W. Gaillard, second directe
Chas. Pennal, third director; C. P. Sandel
fourth director; B. J. Howland, Jr., secreta]
T. 8. Bee, treasurer; J. P. Deveaux, engine?
THE .fi TN A STEAM FIRS ENGINE COMPANY
came next, showing forty-eight staun
men, in red frock coats, trimmed with blac
and white pants. Their firemen's hats, I
stead of the usual facing, bore a diagonal wa
lng scroll, with ".dEtna" lu large letters. Tl
AStna was drawn by two flue horses, bla<
and gray, and was decorated with flags bee
tog the InacrlptionB, "Bartow, "'-Little Ned
Ac. One of them, a pretty blue and whl
silk flag, had just been presented to the coi
pany by the Misses Eda and Zadie Willi
The men were a*splendid looking set, ai
seemed confident of doing all that muscle ai
training could do in the contest. The office
are: M?Jor E. Willis, president; Thomas
Lyons, . vice-president; Bobert G. Walke
first director; W. H. Harvey, second directo
A. Greer, third director; C. A. Von Doblei
fourth director; H. G. Carnlghan, secretary; (
Bassett, treasurer; Cbanies C. Wightman, ei
gln*eer; C. Leonhardt, Joseph Williams, E. 1
Prior, E. P. Bolger, axmen; Walter Webl
hallkeeper. Messrs. Barrett and Dougal
both celebrated runners, accompanied the ei
glne. Next came the new flag, which bs
been presented to the Steam Department c
the Citadel green a few minutes before, wil
a suitable color guard, composed of represet
tatlves of the various companies, followed b
HOOK AND LADDKR, NO. 2,
with forty men in line from a roll of forty-flvi
The floe truck was beautifully decorated wit
garlands and moss crossing the ladders, an
varied by wreaths of white roses. The emt
terns of mourning, also were visible, worn 1
memory of P. K. Coburn, D. Mahoney and I
J. Maguire. This company was organized i;
1868, from the old Charleston Fire Company
one of the oldest in the Fire Department. Th
uniform ls a red blouse with black pants, Ai
The truck was built by C. E. Hartshorn, c
New York, and ls composed of sit ladden
from six to forty-two feet In length, twelv
hooks, from six to twelve feet In length,.fou
axes, one pickaxe, one' crowbar and on
cbaln-hook. The officers are: T. L. David
son, foreman; Wm. C. Wood, assistant fore
man; S. Webb, treasurer; John Burke, Ji
secretary and truck keeper; Henry Schroder
THE MARION STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPXNY,
with eighty-one stalwart men in line from i
I roll of eighty-three, tn red blouses, and blacl
I panta and green hats. The men dragged theil
! own engine, and seemed able to do lt too
The machine was splendidly decorated with i
profusion of iresh flowers and beautifu
wreaths tastily disposed about the burnlshec
metal of the steamer. "We'll try" was beau
ti ful ly set In wreaths, and the handsome ban?
ner was borne In the company, with the evei
memorable scene of the British officer, Gene?
ral Marloo, Tom and the potatoes depicted
upon lt. The hose reel was the centre of at?
traction, and was elaborately decorated. On
its top was perched a cunning looking swamp
fox, symbolizing the nickname of the Revolu?
tion general, and in front a branching set ol
antlers from some noble buck. The wheels
of both engine and 'reel bad large many-point?
ed stare of evergreens and flowers circum?
scribed between the tire. The officers are: B.
C. Barkley, president; T. 8. Sigwald, vice
president; W. H. Sturkin, first director; M.
Maxcy, second director; J. Piaspohl, third
director; W. H. Welling, fourth director; Geo.
A. Calder, secretary; A. J. Jager, treasurer;
W. H. Sigwald, chief engineer; H. L. Calder,
assistant engineer; B. E. Cox, H. Linn, F.
Axson, J. A. Stewart, axmen; Wm. H. Arms,
hallkeeper; D. McNamara, steward; Bev. J. L.
Glrardeau, chaplain; Hon. Wm. D. Porter,
solicitor. Next In line came
THE OLD EUTAW BAND,
with the veteran Muller at the head. The
musicians, twelve in number, wore neat uni?
forms of gray coats and black pants, and
black Alpine huts, with green plumes. They
played the most popular airs with a spirit and
correctness which elicited general remark.
Keeping time to their inspiring strains came
GERMAN STEAM FIRE ENGINE,
drawn by four spirited dark bay horses. The
company paraded sixty-five splendid-looking
men, descended from the fair-haired Teutons,
and inheriting the madly forms and determ?
ined spirit ol their ancestors. Their magnifi?
cent engine, the most powerful In the depart?
ment, was tastefully decorated with ever?
green wreaths and flowers, and bore a mimic
fireman in uniform complete. Thc hose reel
was also neatly and simply decorated, and
"Our William" looked quiet and ready for
business. The officers are: Gerhard Biecke,
.president; H. H. Von Eitzen, first vlce-presf
dent; H. Wohlkec, second vice-president; jno.
H. Ostendorff, secretary; Wm. Brunjes, treas?
urer; J. Marjenhofr, first director; E. H.
Sturcken, second director; H. Schr?ge, third
director; J. H. Niebuhr, fourth director; H. F.
Bittersoiui, fifth director; Jno. H. Brunning,
Geo. Addlck?, L. H. Mehrtens, J. F. Neu?
mann, axmen; Wm. Bredemann, engineer
and hallkeeper. The officers of this com?
pany wear shoulder-6traps as the Insignia of
tbetr rank, and the members all wear light
morocco caps, with while band and facings
instead ot the regular fireman's bat or helmet,
Next came the
PALMETTO STEAM FIRE ENGINE,
drawrrby two fine bay horses, and decorated
with two beautiful flags. One of whit
bore the Inscription "Our Tom," and the i
of the same material, bore "Palmetto" o
side, with the Harp of Erin, in green, <
other. The engine was also adorned
wreaths. Th? company, with forty-one
In line, came next on the hose reel, In
striking uniform of red shirts with the
"P" on each breast, ajid black pants.
Palmetto ls one of the most powerful ec
of the steam department, as has been p
on frequent trials. Her officers are :
Ferguson, president; 0. A. Stone, vice
dent; Wm. H. Byan, first director; Wm
Un, second director; James Hiller, third d
or; John F. Burns, fourth director; Euge
Roye, eecretary; Wm. T. Buger, treai
Henry May, Michael Keegan, Michael li
Samuel Bump, axmen; Thomas Miller,
neer; Wm. Toomle, hallkeeper; Joseph
dock, D. Flynn, stewards; George L. I
THE HOPE STEAM FIRE ENGINE COMPAQ
came next In order, with thirty-flve m
Une, out of forty-five on the roll, in the
known red shirt and black pants. The ei
was neatly decorated with flowers and
greens, and bora a handsome flag of 1
Bilk. The flag had been presented that r
lng to the company by Miss Lula Moupsea
was Inscribed on one side with "Hope,
with an anchor embroidered upon the c
The hose reel was splendily polished, anc
drawn by the company behind the^englr
which two handsome bay horses wefe at tai
The officers are : H. T. Peters, president;
Brookbanks, vice-president; 0. Rouse,
director; W. Gannon, second director; J.
ly, third director; A. F. Finnegan, fourl
rector; C. A. Buero, secretary; C. P. Mousi
engineer. Next marched
THE WASHINGTON STEAM FIRE ENGINE
with forty-five men in line, out of six!
their roi!. In their handsome uniforms ol
coats, trimmed with black and faced
black collars and cuffs, and white pants,
three quarter black stripe. The engine
tastefully decorated with evergreens, and
hose reel was beautiful with fresh flov
The men were all stalwart fellows with a b
ant look and springy step, which looked
buslneess and foreboded a sharp contesi
the prize. The officers are: James M. Car
president; L. Cavanaugb, vlce-presldeni
E. Hogau, first director; H. B. Wiecking,
ond dliector; Thomas Murray, third dire?
J. Knobeloch, fourth director; C. H. Sohw
secretary and treasurer; Thomas Morris, e
neer; James T. Pregnall, Wm. Pontoux, (
Mlscally, Chas. Lynch, ax?en.
THE STONEWALL STEAM FIRE ENGINE CO Hf
followed with fifty-seven men out of sixty
on the roll in line, dressed In the faro
gray coat faced with -red, and white pa
The engine was the cynosure ot all e
being drawn by twelve dark bay horses f
Battery 0 of the Third [Jolted States Artill
The riders on the left horse of each pair v.
all in Pill dress uniform, and were allen
by a sergeant and bugler likewise equip;
The engine was beautifully decorated \
wreaths of evergreens and flowers, and w
roses, and bore a portrait of the lmmo
tiaro nitor whom tt WMM tiMi'A. Tba o flit
are: G. Lamb BulstVpresldent; J. W. Nlch
vice-president; William G. Miller, secrets
Charles A. Aimar, treasurer; M. Waring W?
engineer; George W. Veronee, first dlrecl
James F. Salvo, second director; Edward
Leman, third director; W. J. Miller, fon
director; S. Y. Disher, W. H. Goddard, Ct
W. Treccott, 0. McMillan, axmen; Rev. Jc
Bachman, D. D., chaplain; General Jae
Conner, solicitor; J. Somers Buist, surge
Last In the procession came the
YOUNO AMERICA STEAM FIRE ENGINE CO
with fifty men In line, In the old flrema
uniform of a red shirt, with black pants, 1
lowing the proud motto, " Where duty cai
there you'll find us." The engine was dra'
by two horses, and, in addition to the usi
floral decorations, lt bore a handsome flag
blue silk, with a white fringe, and InBcrlb
with the plaintive motto, "Nobody's Pe
The flag had been presented la the mornl
at the engine house by Mr. Jno. F. Britton,
behalf of Mrs. M. Jarvie, and been receiv
by the president, with appropriate speech*
Typical ol the youth and Innocence of tl
popular company was a pet lamb, perot*
i upon the platform of the hose-reel. The ai
I mal, surrounded with flowers and pretty d
corailous, was much admired by the spect
tore. The officers of the company are : A. \
Lewin, president ;-, vlce-preslden
P. J. Kennedy, secretary ; J. S. Westendor
treasurer ; M. King, tlrst director ; W. H. i
Hoffman, second director;' C. L. Budro
third director ; P. Finn, fourth director ; T. 1
Coffee, Wm. McQlnness, J. C. Corcoran, 1
schumacher, axmen ; J. Rosis, engineer ; I
Monahan, assistant engineer.
As the -Stone walls filed past them the YOUD
Americas gave three cheers for their rival
which was heartily responded to. The colum
now took up the . *"
LINE OF MARCH I
amid a perfect ovation.. Dense throngs <
citizens and small boys kept abreast on th
sidewalk, and one tumultuous mass swer.
down the sidewalks with the splendid lin?
having the pavement to themselves. Brlgt
eyes and faces gleamed from the window:
and bouquets fell like autumn leaves along th
route. Opposite ?he Charleston Hotel tb
Pioneers were alraoBt overwhelmed with thea
tokens of feminine favor, and the whole com
pany bore bouquets of roses and choice flower
tn their many-coued helmets. Down King
through Hasel and down Meeting swept th
music and the procession, nntll it halted a
Broad street. Here the Council was Informed
and the Mayor and Aldermen having takei
their stands upon the balcony In iront of th
City Hall, the parade wheeled into Broai
PASSED IN REVIEW
before them. Each company rtlsed their hati
in passing, and the salute was duly acknowl
edged by the City Fathers. Up Broad stree
continued the line, while brokers, merchants
lawyers and clerks rushed to the doors anc
windows to see the sight. Then the heac
turned up East Bay, whence it passed through.
Queen, and the various engines dispos?e
themselves about-Meeting street according t<
their pleasure, and were stripped forthe con
Every possible arrangement had been made
for a fair and equitable trial of the speed and
efficiency of the various companies upon the
ground selected for the contest. A platform
standing in the middle of the street, just
opposite the Circular Church, marked the
point of starting, and on the roof of the tall
dwelling-house of Dr. Rodrigues was stationed
Assistant Chief R. M. Alexander, with a large
Mag, the dropping of which Indicated the
start, the Blgnal being repeated by Chlei
Nathan, who stood at the other end of the
course with asimilar flag, and thus warned
the time Judges of the start The engt:
were brought ia succession to the start!
place, and then the fres were lighted and I
steam generated. The moment that the ste
gauges indicated a pressure of twenty pout
of steam, the word-'go" was given, and 1
heavy eugine, with its attendant hose-re
started with a bound under the tugs of 1
stalwart firemen manning the ropes. 1
goal of the engines was the cover of the tl
drain opposite Hay ne street, and when this v
reached the supply pipe was to be lowei
and submerged, the hose unwound and
tacbed to the engine, and the stream start
up Heeling street, a distance of one hund?
feet, the prize being for the quickest tl
between the Instant of starting the engl
and the Instant that the stream should rea
the limit of one hundred feet. It was a t
Involving all the points of drill and efflcler
of the company. Every motion needed in i
tual service was needed here, and lt was al
question of seconds. The engines jump
over the ground from the starting poi;
steam was made, the drain pipe uncover?
hose unwound, couplings made, and water <
talned and projected a distance of o ne" hi;
dred feet, all in about two min?tes by t
slowest companies, and by the three or fe
who especially distinguished themselves
about one minute and a half.
The first company which essayed the ft
with an engine of five thousand seven ht
dred and len pounds weight, manned
twenty-nine men. The vast throngs on eltti
side of the way, crowding the sidewalks, f
log the windows, and even swarming on t
housetops, under Improvised awnings,, we
all on tip toe with expectation, and as t
Eagle Jumped from the starting place a
clattered over the cobble-stones, the entbu
asm was intense. A fine run was made to t
fire well, but there, unfortunately, an accide
to the hose-coupling occurred, and caused
delay that was fatal to the Eagle's chane?
In unwinding the hose, an end dropped
the pavement, and a dent made In the brs
which ben* the threads of the screw so th
the nozzle could not be attached. It was,
course, a mishap which in actual servi
would be remedied by a rap or two of
wrench, or perhaps straightened out byt
aid of a casual cobble-stone, but in the touri
ment, where seconds were flying and tlx
was noted by scores of amateur Judge?, t
accident was enough to throw the engine c
of the race, with the time of their run not i
corded. Next came the
with their "engine, wei??lng five tbousai
and eighty pounds, and twenty-five men strl
ped to their work and tugging like heron
They made a splendid run, reaching the fi
well in less than fifty seconds, but when tb?
Inserted their supply pipe Into the drain tl
water failed to come. It ls, perhaps, on
the Yigllant's misfortune that they were n
placed lower in tile Hst; but, at all event
they failed to get the requisite one hundr?
feet of stream, and abandoned the cont?e
The next company was the
with their tremendous engine of seven thou
and pounds weight, manned by thirty-fit
stalwart Teutons. The flag dropped, and thc
came with a rush, each man springing to h
work, and a perfect accord animating tbei
all. ? They got promptly to work, and soon tt
dropping of the flag held by Chief Nathan, i
the end of the course, told that their streai
had reached the hundred feet, and the.blacl
board displayed on a lofty,pole recorded tb
time-one minute and forty-five seconds. Th
was recognized at once as an achievement <
which the Germane might well be proud, anc
as they marched off the ground, beaded b
Muller's Band, they were repeatedly and ei
inelastically cheered. Next came the
engine, weighing sixty-three hundred an
sixty pounds. This was the engine, that ha
been drawn during the parade by a mourne,
detachment of United States artillery, kindl
detailed by the officers on duty at this post
and on the run for prizes, among the thirty
two men allowed by the regulations to ma:
the drag ropes, there were several of the Fed
eral soldiers in uniform. The run to the fir
well was made tn splendid style, and th?
stream was very promptly played, reachlni
the mark in one minute and flfty-tbre?
seconds, but the moment that the mark wa
reached the hose bursted, and some delay wai
caused In getting off the ground, so that th?
time of leaving was not recorded. The nex
steamer was the
weighing forty-seven hundred and thirty
pounds, and dragged by twenty four men
The engine was handled well in every respect
and was particularly lively In getting off the
ground after throwing Its stream. Every mar
Jumped to his place as If by instinct, and the
company got away In the unprecedented time
of forty-five seconds. It will be seen by the
summary below that this was remarkably rapid
work. Next came the
and from this company great things were ex?
pected. They had triumphantly borne off the
prize for the past two tournaments* and they
came into the contest flushed with former vic?
tories and confident of another success. They
made a splendid run, but were detained per?
haps a second or two by one of their mem?
bers falling at the well. He rolled out of the
way, however, in short order, the supply pipe
was lowered and the stream reached the
mark in one minute and thirty-eight seconds,
which was by all odds the best time yet made.
A tremendous cheer greeted this achievement,
and as the Mia&s marched off the ground
their lriends felt confident that the prize was
won. They were followed by the
an engine of five thousand and forty pounds
weight, manned by twenty-five stalwart young
men. The company started promptly, but
were somewhat delayed by a slight accident,
which occurred in consequence ol a spectator,
named John Riley, falling on the track in
front of the reel. He was somewhat bruised,
and the reel was delayed for some seconds by
the occurrence, and lt is no doubt to this cir?
cumstance that ls to be attributed the com?
paratively slow time, two minutes and three
seconds, made by the company. Next came
another favorite company, which had come
within one second of winning the prize last
year. The public feeling was In their favor,
and bets were freely offered on the Washing?
ton against the field. The engine weighed
four thousand nine hundred and ten pounds,
and they were allowed twenty-five men to the
engine, but they had only paraded about
thirty men, and they had some difficulty In
manning the ropes of both the engine and
reel. A goodly number of volunteers was
'finally procured,, however, and they started
In good style and mane tue exceaem univ ui
one minute and forty-two seconds. The
came next, weighing six thousand two hun?
dred and eighty pounds, and dragged by twen?
ty-six men. They made a good run, and,
from their fine appearance on parade, great
things had been expected of them. They han?
dled their apparatus very well, and succeeded
In fleing the Stonewall in one minute and
flity-three seconds. Next came the
the oldest of the city, as its name indicates,
and-the champion of the tournament as the
event proved. Their engine weighed five
thousand one hundred and eighty pounds, and
twenty-six men were allowed as the comple?
ment of the company. The men came np with
a rush that seemed to presage victory, and;
when the flag dropped as their stream reached
the hundred feet mark, the time was an?
nounced as one minute and twenty-five1
seconds. This was unparalleled, being twelve
seconds less than the fastest time ever before
made upon the coarse, and the company left
the ground amid tremendous cheering -from
the spectators, while the band significantly
struck up, "Shoo fly, don't bodder me." The
weighing five thousand 'Ave hundred and
ninety pounds, and pulled by twenty-eight
men, next went over the course In flne style
and without accident. Their time was one
minute and fifty-five seconds, and they got off
the ground In one minute and twenty-one sec?
onds. - Next, and last in the list of compet? Dg
engines, came the *
weighing six thousand five hundred and ninety
pounds, and manned by thirty-three members.
This was another crack company, who had
good cause to expect some degree of success,
although the wonderful lime Just made by the
Pioneers almost precluded the possibility of
their earning the first prize. They did the
next best thing, however, and accomplished
the prescribed feat In one minute and thirty
three seconds, only eight seconds behind the
Pioneers, and five seconds ahead of the late
champion?, the ?lenas. This performance was
also greeted with prolonged applause, and the
Young Americas retired covered with glory.
of the contest ls shown In the following ta?
ble In which, as an Interesting matter of com?
parlson and record, the time made by the va?
rious companies at the tournament of last
year is given in conneotlon with their per?
I MAY 8. 1873.151AT 17,187L
Presenting the Prisca.
The last run having been made, the crowd
moved up and surrounded the 'stand where
the time judges were comparing their tables
and deciding the contests. It was known but
too well, however, who had won the prizes.
One minute and twenty-five seconds was not
to be made eve ry day, or by everybody, and,
as for beating it, the men who made lt could
scarcely do that themselves. The strains of
the band Boon burst ont, and from Hasel
street, where the engine had been placed, the
Pioneer swept round into Meeting street, the
men wild with excitement and flushed with
their recent triumph. The Youog America,
with ber modest one minute and thirty-three
secoflds, followed, and both machines halted
In front of the Judges' stand, where the prizes
were about to be awarded. A very small
hollow square was formed for the chiefs and
presidents, and Director E. H. Sparkman,
chairman ot the committee on arrangements,
introduced John F. Flcken, Esq., who would
make the presentations.
Three rousing cheers were given for Mr.
Ficken, who said:
' Gentlemen- At the close of the exercises of
this festive and gala occasion, it bot remains
that I should discharge the piecing duty de?
volving upon me, as the representative of the
board of flremasters of this city. The day is
one peculiarly Interesting to the good people
ot Charleston. What means this vast assem?
blage? Why are our people here to-day ? It
ls because they would do honor unto our brave
and gallant firemen. In your hands, gentle?
men, rests the safety of our lives and proper?
ly, and in your hands we feel and know ?bat
they are sale. When wintry blasts howl
through our silent streets, and the sudden
alarum ot the deep-toned bells ring out upon
the midnight air, it Is^your vigilance and ac?
tivity that calm the anxious mind, and give a
feeling of security to the timid heart. Yes,
my friends, our people know and appreciate
your self-sacrificing efforts, and, lo their name,
I pronounce an earnest approval and a hearty
well-done. The youth and beauty of Charles?
ton greet you most enthusiastically at this
hour, the sweet smiles of woman encourage
you, and even nature, with lavish bounty,
lays her floral tribute at your feet.
President A. T. Smythe, of the Pioneer then
stepped forward, when Mr. Flcken continued:
President Smythe-Imo your bands do I
commit this testimonial, as a speaking evi?
dence of the high and satisfactory apprecia?
tion ID which the splendid efforts of the Pio?
neer are held. Take lt, slr, and may lt be a
new incentive to further and renewed zeal In
the noble cause which you have this day so
ably represented. '
President Smythe received the pitcher, with
the two goblets ajid salvor, and said :
Mr. Ficken and Gentlemen of the Committee
We have been wording too hard to day either
to make or listen to long speeches. I will
only say that we are Pioneers by name, and
to-day we are, by good fortune, the Pioneers
in the lists. When summoned to do our duty,
in another way, I hope we shall be Pioneers
also. [Prolonged cheers.]
President Lewin, of the Young America,
was next addressed as follows:
Sir-To you, as the representative of the
Young America, Lin the name of the board
of nremasters, present this token. You have
won lt nobly, and may lt ever be a memento
of your marked success this day. Let the
career of your company continue as it began,
and it sba>l be second to none in the depart?
President Lewin took the silver goblet and
Afr. Ficken and Gentlemen of the Committee
We receive this prizd of you with great sat
ls fact ion to-day. The Pioneer, the oldest or?
ganization among us, has shown to-day what
the eld regime can accom.pli.-h. We, as the
youngest, lake the second place with pride
and satisfaction. Twelve months ago I
claimed that cur time then, made was one
minute thirty-four seconds, 'and to-day we
have proved that we could do it. Brother
Bremen, are you satisfied that Ibis cup be'
longs to the Young America ? [Loud-%rles of
yes, and prolonged cheers.] Then I will keep
and cherub lt as a memento of to-day's con?
test and the honor you have awarded us.
President Barkley, of the Marlon, received
LUC ?C LU dill L?g piUI?Bk UID UMUVU3 Ulai. JTIL/HOU,
who said: ,s n,
.Sir-Te the Marlon bas been, awarded tb!a
prize,'*aa a tangible proof of their" vigilant'
activity. TOnr organiza-lon has long Blood
high on the rolla of the department, and yoa
have to-day given a Dew exhibition of your
zeal and effie le o cy. Let this but contlnoev
and you will serve te keep-bright the glorious
record ol your past history. . , '
President Barkley returned . his thanks
to the committee Of arrangement. He
said the Marions lived only for the wel?
fare of the good citizens ot Chaiieeton,
and were always ready te do their duty.
Uiie prize, which they bad won only after ?
severe struggle, they would long keep' In
honor of the occasion. . -'. ~/"~r^r^-i:.-. ;
These remarks were received with cheers,
alter which three cheers were given' for" the"
judges and three for the committee of ar?
rangements. The business of the day waa
now over. The winning companies manned
their engines and took up the line of march
for their respective houses. There was no
more to be seen or heard, and the crowd dis?
persed as quickly as lt had gathered. The
Tournament of the Steam Fire Department for
1873 was over.. : . : . : t
Items and Incident*.
The utmost credit ls doe to the chiefs of the
department and the gentlemen of the com?
mittee for the admirable arrangements that
were made and the rules that were .enforced (
for the tournament. . _ .. .
A beautiful flag was presented to the Hope
Engine Company, yesterday morning; on be?
half of Miss Lulu Mousseau. It is of pink and'
white silk, inscribed on one side with, the-;
word "Hope," add bearing on the reverse tho
emblematic anchor. , ;
All of the engine-houses and'many of the
pnblio buildings gav* their' bunting to tho
breeze yesterday? in> honor of the parade.
The Young America Company entertained
their friends last evening, at, their hall, and
merry parties, assembled also at the Phouix,
the Hope and other engine-houses.
Tne Champion Company. .
The gallant Pioneer Company celebrated
their well-earned victory last evening, and en?
tertained a host of congratulating friend* at
their baa In Market street, i The splendid
prizes, won as the trophies of the contest,
wets dot 'only exhibited and admired, :but
very handsomely christened by the champions
and guests. They consisted qt a beautiful sil?
ver pitcher covered with frosted work, or, as
lt ls technically known, 'with "satin fl nish, "
and lined with porcelain; a handsomely chased
salver, and two silver goblets lined with gold.
The prizes came from Hayden's jewelry (estab?
lishment Oft King storeet-j The' goblets wer*
put to liberal use In displaying" tne h?pital.tty
of the tbmpany, and pleasant toasts find,
speeches followed in rapid succession, until at
about half-past nine the company, upon iHiej
Invitation of President Lewin, proceeded to
the Young, America's house la Hasel street,
where the remainder of the evening waa
pleasantly spent, ,
The officers of the Pioneer are gamed else?
where, and deserve great credit for the splen?
did drill and management of their company.
Among the other gentlemen to whose efforts
the brilliant success of yesterday ls largely due,
are some members of Hook and Ladder Com
pany, itu. a, wno assisteu ou tue ._.
Wm. M. S. 'Leseane, H. Nott Parker, Geo. B.
Walker, F. C. 8 tel nm ey er and J. W. McKenry
comprising the suction squad ; Messrs.- w. S
Henerey and Robert Wright, who held the
tongue o? he engine; Messrs. H. A." Beckley,,
Geo. N. Chap?n, H. L. Beckman and T. J.
Melvin, who managed the coupling of the hose ;
Mr. Robert Toting, who lifted the drain cover,
and Mr. J. C. Sigwald, the engineer ot! the
company-all of these did well, and showed,
by the promptness and dexterity, with which
each performed his part, the value of .thor?
ough drill and constant training. These
gentlemen are especially mentioned, be?
cause the particular duties with which
they were entrusted especially contributed to
the brilliant success which was achieved, but
the whole company performed its work admir?
ably, and sho wed that it Is composed of splen?
did stuff. It ls a pity that their engine house,
In Market street, should be-left in Its present
dilapidated condition, and lt would surely be a.
graceful act of rhe City Council to appropriate
the sum that would be needed to repair its
floors and brighten up Its exterior as a compli?
ment to the company which has now made.
the fastest time that has ever been made in a
similar contest in this country.
RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.-The 'Lutheran
Synod of the Southern States holds its annual
convocation In this city, and will open th fl
morning, at St. John's Lutheran Church, tn
Archdale street A large number ot the dole
gates have arrived, and the remainder are ex?
pected on the morning trains.
The Episcopal Diocesan Convention meets
in St. Philip's Church, this morning. Service
will be held at ten o'clock.
I. 0. G. T.-At a regular weekly meeting of
Washington Lodge, No. 1, Independent Order
of Good Templars,"held at Temp?ranos Hall
last Wednesday evening, the following offi?
cers were Installed by A. Kalstrom] G. W. 0.
T.: 8. A. Nelson, W. C. T.; T. G. Jeffords, W.
V. T.; E. B. Earle, W. B. 8.; J. A. H. Werner,
W. F. 8.; F. V. Cleckley, W. T.; W. F. A. Kug
ley, W. C.; W. M. Murphy, W. M.; Otto Bonn
tag. W." D. M.; George Gladden, W. I. G.; J.*
W. Brown, W. 0. 8.; Henry Sonntag, W. B. H.
8.. Miss F. Mitchell, W. L. H. &
THE NEW TOBE VEGETABLE ANO FKCIT MAU?
SET. -The Dally Bulletin of Tuesday, the 7th I
instant makeB the following report ott the
condition of the New Tors: vegetable and
fruit market of Monday last :
Old potatoes still rule dull and rather heavy.:
Early Bose are lower. New Bermuda sell?t.,
$9 per.bbl from dock. Sweets are firm, but
the movement rather light. Our quotations
are In bulk; 'u shipping order 60 cents per <
barrel must be added. We quote as follows :.
$2 50 a2 75 per barrel for Peachblotvs; $2a2 50
per barrel for Early Boge; $2*2 25 for
early Goodrich; $1 25a2 per barrel for Dy
rlghts; $1 75a2 per barrel for Jackson
whites ; $1 75a2 for Prince Alberta...
Sweet potatoes $4a4 60 for Delaware kiln,
dried. In vegetables, green peas are Irreg?
ular. South Carolina selling at $1 per. crate,
while choice North Carolina range about $8
per crate. Russia turnips are .scarce and de?
cidedly higher. Other vegetables without
material change. We quote : ! Carrots $2 76aS
per barrel. Radishes $2 per 100 bunches.
Russia turnips $4 50 per barrel ; white do,,
$3. Parsnips tl 50 ?2. Onions, ?Ocatl 25 for
red, and about $3 per barrel for-white.
Spinach $3a5 per bbl. Bermuda tomatoes
88a90o. per box; do. onions $2 50.2 75 oer .
crate.' Southern kale $2 50a3: d<. Jersey and_
L. I. Iia5. Bhubarb $5a8 ph1 loo bunches.
Norfolk asparagus 16J30C. per bunch ; do.
Jem j 20a32c; do. Oyster Bay 50c Lettuce ,
$5a8 pet 100. , B"A
Apples are offered rather more.freely ana
rule in favor ot buyers. Cranberriesi un
changed. Strawberries or
expected about p?g?g%Pftfi
maybe Saturday of *W^oart. Apples
Strawberries90c, JJ 2^ petjut. APPU?
S?'EkKrf $t 50*5: favorite varieties,
Jarre!; do. crates, $6a6 50. . V