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THE A III ZONA REPUBLICAN SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 21, 1903.
1 I Second Chapter of the New York Store's PreInventory Reduction Sale There is no let-up to our Price-Cutting. This is apparent by studying this list of Women's ReadytoWear Apparel In looking over this stock we find ourselves severely overstocked. Assort ments are far and away greater than ever before on the very eve of stock-taking time. It requires drastic measures to get this Dept. down to the level of the balance of the house. That we mean to accomplish such, you will readily pre ceive by reading further. We'll be ready for you Monday at 8 a. m. l2 Price For every one of our Fancy Silk Petticoats. For one lot of Panama Dress Skirts Blue, Black, Brown and Green formerly $8, $10 and $12.50. .. . For entire collection of Silk Costumes ranging in price from $45 io $85. Off On all Cloth Suits On all Linen Suits Orr all Lingerie Dresses On all Braided Jackets On all Silk Pongee Coats $1.00 Petticoats for 68c 5 DOZEN PETTICOATS. Some of black sateen, others of striped seersucker that's washable, all finished with deep flounce, shir ring. tuek ;aiHl ruffles, none worth less" than ?1.00 in this sale at, choice 68c $10 and $12.50 Silk Dresses at $7.23 i $10 AND $12.50 SILK DRESSES Made of nice, soft Taffeta In solid colors and shadow stripes . during this sale at, choice $7.23 White Wash Skirts $25 WHITE WASH SKIRTS Made of shrunk linen fin. mate rials during this sale for S1.39 $6.50 AND $7.00 WHITE PURE LINEN SKIRTS, 8 yards wide and full pleated, In ..his sale at, choice S4.73 $4 Shirt Waist Suits at $2.73 ; $4.00 COLORED SHIRT WAIST SUITS Newest ef fects, made of various pretty wash materials in this sale for $2.73 i-tlr 0N 0UR ENTIRE LINE OF TAFFETA, CREPE DE JtXt CHENE AND NET WAISTS, including all colors and tt" Q tt y models. $7.50 Silk Petticoats at $5.00 WITHOUT QUESTION THE BEST EVER OFFERED FOR SO LITTLE. Silk Petticoats made of heavy Chiffon Taffeta, the kind that does not split nor crack, In black, white, tan, brown and green. The genuine tailor-made article, finished with deep flounce, shirring and ruffles. War ranted without an equal even at $7.50, during this sale at, choice 5.00 $18.50 and $20 Silk Dresses for $12.49 $16.50, $18.50 AND $20 SILK DRESSES In Jumper and Shirt Waist styles, a dainty line to choose from in this sale at, choice 12.49 OUR ENTIRE LINE OF $1.25. WHITE SHIRT WAISTS Made of fine quality lawn and most beautifully trimmed in needle work, short or sleeves in this sale, choice 90 A BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF WHITE CHINA SILK WAISTS $2.50 and $3.00 sorts that have rare laces . for trim ming in this sale only at,, choice $1.69 Off On each and every Shirt Waist item-not listed here. ONE LOT OF SHIRT WAISTS In white and colors, embroid ered front, short or long sleeves, well worth 75c in this sale for 39 A LINE OF WHITE $1.00 SHIRT WAISTS With emb. front, short or long sleeves, open front or button back in this sale at, choice 69t A LOT OF NET WAISTS In either white or ecrue, formerly sold at $6 and $6.50 in this sale at, choice S3.23 $25 and $30 Silk Dresses for $18.98 $25 AND $30 SILK DRESSES High class affairs in Jumper and 2-piece styles, many exclusive effects in this lot in this sale at, choice S18.98 $10 Serge Coats at $7.45 CREAM SERGE JACKETS In either single or double breasted style, reg ular $10 values now at ST.45 Long Kimonos LONG KIMONOS Of black and blue and white printed lawn, well worth $1.00 in this sale at 69 FOR THE BALANCE OF PreInventory Sale Bargains SEE PAGE 13. FOR THE BALANCE OF PreInventory Sale Bargains SEE PAGE 13. Boose Dresses ONE LOT OF $.200 HOUSE DRESS ES Made of either light or dark pat terned Percale in this sale at, choice S1.49 I ' LU" feS- rpt r;r h -Cs ;rq VrK?t'J- If 2 in I J. , lie' if . - 4 I ' ir II.'.,? LJ. f- i ' livt-fe; -r I . trA ; , i axatfjfes arias't .. ' - ...Aagte - ITejniiiTi the Life Met Single Stick Exercise eNGAGt In a discussion with the nverage New Yorker upon acts of heroism and be will nt oDce exclaim: Heroes: Wby man, the real heroes of New York, and In fact of the world, are the men who Bgbt fires In this city, and there Is nut a m.in In the department who wonld not perform some signal act of bravery In which hair-breadth escapes and rescues figure were be called upon to do so. or given the opportunity to volunteer bis services for such work. There are not a hundred men In the local department who, at one time or another, have not per formed some feat entitling hlni to a Caraegle medal." The New Yorker, although the moat provincial citizen on earth, since bis Ideas of the world at large are confined to those Interests which alone concern bis dearly beloved "New York," Is not alone In this oplulon, for after all the members of the New York Ore department have no equals on earth In their chosen voca tion, and no body of men are called upon so often to engage in work where Ufa and limbs are so frequently Imperiled. They are a brave, or a foolhardy lot, take your choice, but In any event thefr very reck lessness is what counts and brings forth results. ' 4 To become a flreuran In New York city requires mouths of careful training and preparation. It Is a far different pro cedure from that which has to do with the making of a policeman. In the lat ter case the most potent factor Is politi cal pull. Of coorse there are certuin phy sical requirements that have to be forth coming, bnl the big, brawny chap with a fair knowledge of the location of the principal poluts of Interest In New York, "it sufficient education to spell "dog," cat" and rat" correctly, providing his district lender smiles favorably upon blm, which In reality means that be either Is, or will become a useful member of the Tammany Hall organization. Is reasona bly sure of some day awluglng a club and commanding the loitering classes to "move on." But to become a fireman Is an altogether different proposition. Ap plicants for the vacancies occurring in this department sre subjected to a physi cal examination second to none In this country. To begin with the applicant must be one of exemplary habits. His past life Is looked Into with a scrutiny that Is microscopic In detail. This Is to lnsnre the examiners that he Is sound In health, wind and limb, and In case of an emer gency would not wilt. A craven has no place here. Be la put through a series of measurements that are as thorough and complete aa those applied to sus pected criminals nnder the Bertlllon sys tem. His muscular development must be unquestioned, while bis heart action la one of the chief essentials to his appli cation being favorably passed upon. Cand'.datea for the fire department, following their physical and moral exam inations, are turned over to Battalion Chief George F. Fan-ell, who In the past four years baa molded from the raw re cruits entrusted to his tutelage 1,400 brave and fearless firemen, scores of whose names bave repeatedly adorned the de partment's roll of honor, a much coveted goal In the department. The School for Firemen Is located on East Sixty-seventh street and there the recruits are put tbrongh a course of training that only the most fearless and hearty can with stand. These men gather In class every day and are Instructed in all the chief JEigKtiii the Fire essentials of successful fire fighting. Tbey are made familiar with all the perils attending the work they seek to take up snd each and every one Is given an op portunity to withdraw from the "class" before the more practical, or physical, side of the Instruction Is taken up. These lessons begin with the adjustment of the apparatus employed In fighting a blaze. -They are familiarised with these Implements used In the saving of lives, such as the life lines, life nets, scaling Udders, stationary and rope. After hav ing thoroughly grasped these details the men are given their first taste of actnnl work. After learning how to safely and aeenrely adjust the scaling ladders the time Is ripe for their first ascent of this shaky structure. The height to which they are allowed to-climb la Increased aa their training progresses, until they finally attain those dly heighta that the real veterans of the department climb to when In real service. Proficiency In the art of climbing the single stick scal ing ladders haa reached that degree of perfection that holds those who witness the feat spellbound. A big hook at. the tipper end of the ladder enables those manning It to clutch a window sill, or even the eavea of a bouse If necessary. The firemen then scale this alngle stick, with its f rail looking cross-pieces, with the ' ease and celerity of monkeys, and after learning the trick of descending with heavy weights or dummies in their arms they are entrusted wHh a human form, which they carry In safety to the life net. stretched below. The single stick ladder has played an Important part In many of the most thrilling rescues of New York's tenement-house fires In re cent years. After careful drilling the recruits are given lessons in the "hnman chain res cue," which Is the most perilous and spectacular feat the flreladdles of the metropolis have to perform, and one only pressed Into service when every other device known to them falls. For Instance, a man, woman or child is Im prisoned In a burning structure on a floor too high above the street to be reached by extension or scaling ladders. Firemen ascend to the roof of the build ing and then lower one or more of their number by their heels until the first man suspended can be swung past the window where the prisoners are, pendulum fash Ion, until he can grasp the wrists of one of those awaiting rescue. He swings the one rescued clear of the window and then his comrades above alowly draw him back to the roof of the building, with the rescued one safe from the fiery tongues of the flames. This process is repeated until the last -victim la drawn Jup to. aalety. ... To successfully perform this feat only men of prodigious strength and unques tioned nerve are employed. One false "catch" would result In failure, and, per haps, death for all concerned, rescuers as well as those waiting to be rescued. Not so many months ago at a tenement house fire a young woman who had es caped from the burning building toot refuge on a nearby roof. Before her plight was discovered the house on which she stood was a seething mass of flames and it was, Impossible to reach her by life lines or ladders. Five firemen, two of them recent graduates from the School for Firemen, formed a human chain after ordering the girl, by meana of a mega phone, to stand as near to the edge of the roof aa possible. Slowly the human rope began to swing until It had ac quired sufficient momentum to awing the fifth or lowest man to within grasping distance of the glrL As he seized ber and she swung clear of the roof on which she had been standing, she lost consclons ness and, with her dead weight added to the already heavy load, the pendulum was given another swing and tbe girl was lauded in safety to another roof. Meanwhile the strain on the fifth man bad been so great that he lost conscious ness and dropped a distance of 95 feet into the fiery furnace raging below, and only the metal accontermenu of his uniform were found when the ruins were searched for bis charred body. First aid to the Injured forma an Im portant part In tbe education of a fire man. Not only must be know how to rescue one of his comrades or some other person Injured In the course of the blase be Is fighting, but he must be ready to apply treatment needed In tbe resuscita tion of tbe stricken one until medical aid can be applied. It is the rescue of one of their comrades that spur the firemen on to tbe bravest deeds recorded In tbe an on Is of the department. Only a few months ago a fireman working on the tenth floor of a burning building found himself trapped and there waa no means of raising a ladder to his level. Flames were belching out from the windows of the eighth and ninth floors and it was Impossible to bring the scaling ladder into play. One brave fireman braced himself on a ladder which reached mid way between tbe seventh and eighth floors. With his legs entwined around the rungs of the ladder and arms out stretched he called to hla comrade to Jump. Jump he did and landed In the lap of the man who had commanded him to do so, and, getting a firm hold on tbe sides of the ladder he slid on down to safety. As his rescuer did not follow bis example, tbe battalion chief ordered another fireman to ascend the ladder and ascertain what caused his delay. Wheu be reached the brave fellow's side it was found that both his legs had been brokeu by the force of the impact and there he was sitting powerless to move and suf fering In silence the most excruciating agony. These are a few of many In stances crowded Into the lives of the fire -fighters which Illustrate why such un usual care Is exercised in the selection of men to respond to duty's call. When the recruits have served their ap prenticeship and Battalion Chief Farrell reports that they are of the proper cali ber, they are assigned to some engine or hose company and there get their first taste of work under fire. It Is the more seasoned men who are assigned to tbe hook and ladder trucks, for It Is these men who are called upon to dofie bulk of the rescue work. The New York Fire Department Is made up of 4.157 officers and men. Tbe 235 en gine, hose and hook and ladder companies and the allied forces are sheltered In 238 fl rehouses. The fire department property is worth 18.837.525. The 1.500 horses owned by the department are valued at $450,000. They are usually young and are selected for their intelligence. The prices average $300 for .each animal. The fire forces are organised and distributed like a great army. There are 84 engine and 35 book and ladder companies in Manhat tan and the Bronx: Tl engines, 25 hook . aud ladder and six hose companies la Brooklyn and Queens, and eight engine and hose companies snd Ave hook and lad der companies In Richmond. There sre distributed throughout Great er New York three fire divisions, divided Into 60 battalions. There Is an average of six companies to a battalion and three battalions to a division. New York Is so much more congested than Chicago. Philadelphia and Boston that It would be difficult to compare the effectiveness of the fire forces In tbe four cities, except In a general way. Greater New York, for Instance, has more than twice as many inhabitants aa Chicago: nearly three times as mauy as Philadel phia, and nearly seven times as many a Boston. Tbe Are area of Chicago la 191. (POO acres, that of Philadelphia 82.800 acres and that of Boston 27.5'JO acres. . Tbe fire area of Manhattan, the Bronx. Brooklyn and Long Island City, not In cluding the outlying sections, is 05,120 . acres. These flgnres suggest tbe degrees of congestion In tbe several cities. New York, with ber 4.157 firemen snd officers, haa one mnn to every 1.031 per sons m the city. The Chicago force com prises 1,324 men. or one to evry 1.121 inhabitants. Of tbe four cities Philadel phia has tbe smallest Are force In propor tion to her population. Her 933 firemen represent one to every 1.483 Inhabitants. The reputation Boston has for an efficient fire department Is sustained In this par ticular. With 887 men to a population of 095,300, the proportion is one fireman to every 671 persona In the city. Some idea of tbe work New York Aremen are called upon to do may be had when It Is recalled that 8.479 fires were fought In Greater New York In tbe year 1907. or a dally average of 24. Fire losses In New York last year reached tbe grand total $6,743,499, an appreciable Increase ovr the year 1906, but not In excess of the proportionate Increase in population.