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The Eclectic Magazine
of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art
Vol XXXV.--No.  I
May, 1855. 

1: Fires and Firemen
Annual Reports of Mr.  Braidwood to the Committee of the Fire Brigade
[From the Quarterly Review] 

Among the more salient features of the Metropolis which instantly
strike the attention of the stranger are the stations of the Fire
Brigade.  Whenever he happens to pass them, he finds the sentinel on
duty, he sees the "red artillery" of the force; and the polished axle,
the gleaming branch, and the shining chain, testify to the beautiful
condition of the instrument, ready for active service at a moment's
notice.  Ensconced in the shadow of the station, the liveried watchmen

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