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12 FIRES. July 14TH, 1890, Dwelling, Henry Street, Linnehan owner, loss $25 00 August 3d, 1890, Dwelling, Green Street, owner not known, loss August 12th, 1890, Steamer Commodore, owner not known 250 00 December 30th, 1890, Dwelling, South Street, J. S. Crawford owner, loss 100 00 January 17th, 1891, Ocean House Hotel, C. H Johnson owner, loss 400 00 January 20th, 1891,Dwelling, Fifth Street, Mrs. Fletcher owner, loss 10 00 February 8th, 1891, Mansion House, Henry Kirn owner, loss 130 00 June 24th, 1891, Dwelling, Second and Wythe Streets, T. O'Connor owner, loss 900 00

Total $8,815 00 APPARATUS. The Engines and Hose Carts of the Department are all in first-class condition and ready for all emergencies. The horses are in first-class order, trained and well adapted to the service. HOSE. The Companies are well supplied at present for any emergency, they having been furnished with 500 feet of new Hose each; this very important part of Fire Extinguishing Apparatus should demand the most careful supervision, in anticipation of extraordinary emergencies. I would recommend to the Honorable Council, for the benefit of the citizens of Portsmouth, that there be put in the hands of the firemen such improved implements as have been approved and adopted by Fire Departments of other cities. I would recommend the purchase of a Hayes' Hook and Ladder Truck in place of the antiquated and dilapidated apparatus now owned by the city, and would beg leave to call attention to the report of the National Association of Fire Engineers in proof of their superiority. FIRE ALARM. I again beg to call the attention of the City Council to this important matter, and ask that they give the Fire Depart-