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Savannah daily herald. (Savannah, Ga.) 1865-1866, February 09, 1865, Image 2

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>amaiu $ -'iy ii ulii. •tv R. W. \f\ROV *Vl* t it. SAVANJiAU, THUESUAV. FEU. 9. lx». Ojh Fm?* D.iPiBr«BVT.—-Trice the late incendiary fires hiv'd demwist rated the necessity of extraordinary watchull ness by the citizens, and tiniisuil aeal on til3 ,>irt of the Fire Djpiftmjut, atten tion In? t>; in eiliel to tie xm/ delects la the rj 4 >i l and effective working of the Appiroun to w.dch the authorities hare in p ist times committed the safety of ghecity. S >m3 of these defects are ir remediable, sard at the cost of an entire reeo.iifra itioa of the Waterworks, and reD/i.ig the greater part of the water pipe'?, p irticularly’ia the upper parts of the city. La a >.i3 of the street*, we believe, on the BUT, or away from the immediate vicinity of tae R rer, is there any pii>e larger tuasi a fojr inch miin, w dch will probably be tapped for hydrants half a dozen times in as many blocks, besides of coarse, the constant drain ill ado upon its cipaeity by the service pipes ioi every day me in publ c buildings and dwelling houses. The large cisterns which hare been provided, though there is still iu existence an Ordinance requiring them to be kept constantly filled and fit for service, are almost wnolly neglected; and at the best sus.i tile ms are exceedingly nut rust wor tby. We frequently hear the remark made, especially by those of our soldi* re woo have been Fireinea in Noituern CuL-a where the Fire Apparatus and the appli ances of all kinds are much more perfect Ilian co lid b i expected here, that “One Steam Fire E igiue would throw more water and do m ire work than forty oi these little squirt-guns,” as they ignomin loudy characterize the old-fashioned En gines of Savannah. Now, abstractly considered, this remark is perfectly true, but pr ictically regarded, one of the pow erful Steam Fire Engines of New York tv >ul l be of absolutely no use whatever In Sayannah, save only in one or two of the streets bordering on the River.— It would have no water elsewhere. The entire column of water* which flows through the largest water main in tljiis city would not equal in volume by pne-third, the sum of the four streams which a first-class Steamer can throw up >u occasion. And for the protection of the shipping ‘and the storehouses along the river it would be much better to bave one or more light boats fitted with the proper pumps and with sufficient bose, as the boats could more easily he floated from one point to another. In this way the ferry boats of the East and North river frequently do immense ser vice in New York. ’ Its of no use to sigh for impossibili ties ; the madly ftnd right thing to do, is to turn to and make the best of What we haw. We think the efficiency of our present Fire Apparatus could be won derfully i m proved by a few obvious and ample devices, the first of which is to see that every Engine and Truck is in perfect , order and ready not. only for work but plenty of work—that it is in such shape that it will not need as dainty hau filing as a watch crystal for fear of a break-down. Let this be properly at tended to and we shali be spared, the/ eight of two or three crippled Engines, after every fire. > < . > Then, it now takes by far too long to' assemble the companies and drag the maehine to the fire. This difficulty could be solved by adopting the New York plan. In that, as in every northern #ity *' ' * *'s?'J f-vr- are always « lough ‘’Bunkers’ who “bunk” or sleep ir. the Engine house every night to r >ll the Bngine to the fire without waiting for further help At the first tap of tlie be l. tie wide doors are tnrown oj>en and before the last stroke signifying the riumbei of the Fire Dis trict lias ceased to sound the Apparatus Is on its way lo the spot at full speed. Tuis accounts for the speedy mastery of the most dangerous looking conflagra tions which is achieved My these trained compauieg.' 1 ' Why could not bunks be fitted up in Engine Halses of this city and a suffi cient number of the company be re quired t> sleep‘there every nqpfct, that there might always be s strength enough at baud to roll the engiue to the fire in the sb >rtest space of time. As it is, iVfcile tue companies are waking up and getting to the Eugine House, the fire is doing iM work, and gets so far the the better ol the fiiemeii that the labor of the department becomes limited to s>mply preventing tbe spread of the tian.es to other buildings, all hope of saving the original one being, at a rule, given up from the first. We ivßp3ctfully o >mmend these sug gestions to the Oaief Engineer of the Fire Department. A WORD for THIS SOLDIER, AND A Hint to nut Authorities.— Although, lor certain reasons, which are apparent to all residents of Savannah, it has been neceesary for the Commandant of the Post to issue stringent orders in certain matters concerning trade, and also re garding the night travel of persons living for the time being in the city, we have beard very few complaints of the wanner iu which the enforcement of the orders has been carried on. With very few exceptions, the officers and soldiers en trusted with t.ho execution of tlift various maudates emanating from Post Head quarters, have managed their unpleasant business; in a civil and inoffensive way, and have seemed to studiously avoid giving offence. It is true we have heard a few complaints, but they can for the most part be traced to persons who have been ignorant of the regulation*, and who have consequently and naturally resented any interference with their na tions by the military authorities, as an unwaranted assumption of authority. Then, on the other hand, there are cer tain ones who feel peculiarly by the stringency with what is known as the “ Beren O'clock Rale,” is en forced ; by which we mean the military rule that t every person In the streets, after seven p. m, shall, If required, give an account of himself and his business to the Provost Guard. Iu many cases persons who feel themselves annoyed by this law, arc officers who really have business of importtneo which re quires their. personal attendance after dark. Tiieje is, however> occasionally a case where some convivially-disposed gentleman has been indulging pretty freely in, bis cups, and, in a rathe** elevated state of mind, declines to make the re quired explanations to the patrol, *nd consequently is made acquainted with the ihside of the Guard House. But, as we remark el at the commencement of tins paragraph, these utapleasant duties are usually performed* by the soldiers .to whom they are ‘entrusted, with all due *ourtqsy, tindneas, genttenesa and eon sideration / * ' ißut th/ good order of the city haa for many dfys been so marked, that we respectfilly suggest to the authorities whether it would not be well to try the experiment of rescinding the “Beven O’clock Rule," which ocitainly has par alysed, during is «• >uli .hum: , c ram branches of basiues-.- tn r * particularly than oilaT-s priqn, every variety of public anwHcm ids. We learn t int am Mg oth *r things, there is a s*ries of co 10 rU, prop h •<! to be given l>y tue resi lent* of Sivannah for the benefit of tie i»o< wuicii is ne cessarily susperuie* l for tU3 present, by the incoblmv. ruble tact that an after noon concert wodi not. an J, under the existing law* an evening eonc< rt could not be attended. Svvan’nah, Feb. 9, 1885. Editor or rtif SiVAeuii Dvtuv Hkr- :aid — &ir: I nave been much phased to notice tiie interest which you hare ever taken in giving advice, «fce., in lal&tioh to the cleauiiness ol this city, botktot.be *utli •rities ail t> tlie in habitants therein, and your comments \n IcA’t evenini/'g isstir, ;U !y* prove, that this Hterest lias not ab bed. HavVg occasion my- if to pas- through the plice iy aft i io>u, I none, and tbe same “single spi vJ >f lira contra bands,’and being son what su.pi'ufcd at such an ma*ud sig ti, 1 in j.i rid oi the {Hir.-on in Charge, [woo Happened t > be an old citizen of Biv iiai J w iat in was trying to do l and learned, tout tm* parly were “employed in the S r cl U - partmeut under tue duly auonoriz and Agent ofthe iW. lit try authorities.” Feeling a curiosity in bae muter, aud doubtless buying more leisure than your reporter, I‘continual •/ inquiries, and found, to mj «4r prise, tnat tuey were al that time no less than forty colored men aad fifteen waiu men employe l o.i tne streets, either a* Ltbu-rer-*, Squid Ala* ters or Teamsters, also fourteen le uis engaged in removing manure and ruo bish from the streeis and Ihiies of iiu city, and further, that on The pre.viou.- day there had been o»w ow. hr, <v.ir; lofids of suou natter ro»n >v 4 from in city. Knowing that tlie?e fads will be equal ly agreeable to our citianis as fcocy wer to myself, and from assurances received believing this is “»> >ralhi case ol malignant ti >t J ;sti.ieJ t > bo - com* an epidemic.“ I remain, Yours sympathetically, _ 0. Accident ro a Schooner—Tue Schoon er May, in tow m tue Steamer Guide, this morning, while parsing the obstru.*.- tions below Fort Jackson, did not. on y her helm with sufficient alaerdy. ami run afoul of the sunken crib? and stove a bole iniher bottom, through which the water rubbed with considerable rapidity, mak ing the farther progress of the schooner on her voyage an impossibility. Tec May was ttt the obstnict'ou* leaking badly. The Guide, iu coiis.- qtienoe ot tbo low slate .of tiie tide and her great drat Hos water, will be un able to go down tlie river until this aiter noon. flhesustained no damage iu the alfc-ir. PE*ecxAf*.—Will Mr. F. A Sawyer of Boston, call or send his address to this office? ' The death of Mr, 0. J. Collins (a bro ther of Wilkie Collins) and a gentleman of, 6ome note as a liternteur, lias be* n announced. Mr. Collins was a contrib utor to severai magazine* and news.) i pers, and was bett.known to the rea ling public by Ini novels, “Sackville Chase,” “'fhe Mania Chains,'* &e. Like too P)jiny of tbe literary men ami artists 'tvhom we have lo>t of late, Mr. Collins Was comparatively young, being forty four year* of «ge at the time of uis death. SELBOTKI) ni)l.» ARD RMM OV ALVVB AMJ IHCllilfi 'l. The good people of New Oric.nns h*ve bee i li&vl’ g quite as much rain !#*<• t tut we iiave, if we may judge by the fid tun ing extract from a late papir iron. t. U4 t city: A friend, who keeps a raL. i^ e , kindly tell> us that on Sunday nigiu.mtd Monday au eight incli guage*, h-> ti ,*- p sed to the weaiher, reconkd one and three quarters of an inch of rami X u the wind, blew very bard, he think* two inches muai bare fallen ; but tin fall as recorded, is an extraordinary our., ;.od has hardly been beaten since the iinie shower during which Noah took ids V y- V . Tue Thirty-Sixth Annual Ball ot the New York Fire Departineui t ok pure on the nigiit of Monday January H.t, at the Acad.-uiy of Music, New im* n.y. It Wiio most su<*( e'Siui, being descrim i :»y tlie New Yoik Herald us a “jan., crimd, j mi,” and paid several thousand «j i.iarg to the Fire Department fund. Givb him Arms, —Tiie wretched, unit Jo nines, who, lor years, lias n\ i «n anything l>ut a public nuisance, re cently transfer!ed a libel suit ... ,i# against the New York Leader to <n. .i,n p person, Ue ie.il editor ol tuat pap r ( ~r. J »nu Clan y.) being .dead. Tne t *v* .nid six penny Count now professes to iuve discovered that the alleged lib. t f.-r winon ue sued the Leader was written ny some p.-rs *n other tl.*u Clauvy, ,n.d ue oriugs a suit against the other jn r*..n. May tue poor puppy succeed. It a humitul of dollars will quiet him, let . iiit nave thrui. Tne id*a s t forth b*lovv ia nut onl/ plea*ttiu, rat doubtless practicable: An Eugiisn puysiciaohas tou.»d a itiue tor rea Mckne.w. It Consists in lowering »iie tempti m ure oi tbs spinal i.gionby tne .#o of ice. mn *n hub a ms oei »#ag iia. been intfiiiid by mean.' of widen tore ice in mpt in contact with each region of 4 # «pine; the upper p*r iio iof ihe ice being prevented lr<mi lail- d .vvn me melting proceeds, aud Inc nioutn being so •JFclually chised aft io prevent, tlie Water trom e.'Cafiinga* the. ice units. Each bagful uulu in ivo-mt iwo hours! Yery convenient, wo 5.101.1 .n't til hfeL Hi covnftr riioM tw» Ei» cts 4f War. Mills in tns political economy ©eaks of the rapidity with which people recover from tne effects ol *%.r, ftiXpaius the reason as follows : ‘•This perpetual cor.Mmptioi and re production oi capital affords theexplana -110.1 ot wnat. has so ufiaucm-itci woiiucc, tne great rapidity with wliiclilcountries recover trom a slate of devastation : tbe disappearance in a Wiort tine, ot all traces ol the miscliiels done by earth quakes, flood', hurricanes, and the rava ges of war. An enemy leys a. country by fire aud sword, aad destroy*, or c u ries an ny nearly all tlie movable wealth existing in it; all the/ inhabitant*. are ruined, ami y#t, in a t*vV years altei; ev. rything is much as it /was beiore. ridb v;* //< odl CMtrix rutlurtM hfts been a sub ject of ast. adsl.meut or ba» been cited tw eXempliiy the wonderful Wcngtli of lb« principle of saving, wlzch can repair such enormous losses in' nueli a brief iu fi i val. There is nothing at all wonder ful in tbe matter. What tbe enemy have' destroyed would bave been destroyed ia all tie while by tlie inhabitants theno seives : the wealth which they so rapid ly reproduce would have needed to b* reproduced, and would bave beau repro duced iq any case, and probably iu a* short a time. “Nothing is changed, except that dur ing reproduction they haw not now thA advantage of consuming what had been produced previously The possibility of a rapid repair of tneir disasters maud/ depends on whether' the country boa been depopulated. If its effective popu lation have not been extiipated at tb* time, and are not x starved afterwards, then, with the same skill aud know ledge wuich they bad bclore, with theil land and its permanent improveme it* uudestroyed, aud the more durable build tugs probably unimpaired, or oul/