National Geographic : 1914 Dec
VIEW OF THE OLD BRIDGE AND THE AZAB KAPOU: CONSTANTINOPLE and at night a big white linen lantern. Their apparatus is of the simplest, con sisting of a hand-pump mounted on a wooden box of no great size, with two poles at each end, which rest on the men's shoulders as they run. They run phe nomenal distances sometimes; it may be to find the fire out, or the local firemen in control. If the fire is too large for the true firemen of the quarter, outsiders are free to come in. They do not do so for love, however. If your house is threatened, they nag gle with you to save it if they can, or, if they can't, to save the furniture. You may imagine that a bargain concluded amid flying brands is not always to their disadvantage, especially if no other fire company is by to make competition. The help they give is rather problematical. The stream of water they can turn on a blaze is very thin, even if it be con tinuous, which, unfortunately, it rarely is. They have a curious superstition against using sea water, imagining that it makes a fire burn more fiercely; and they have the name of being arrant thieves. But they are capable of great daring, and, with proper training and regular pay, they would make excellent timber for a fire department. I am tempted in this connection to speak of the water system of Constanti nople. Like so many other local insti tutions, it is neither one thing nor the other, part of the town being served by water mains and part depending on the old public fountains. PLENTY OE TIME- OUR CALENDARS And there would still remain any num ber of other points that make life char acteristic and colored in a city that re ligiously follows four calendars, that pre fers to regard 12 o'clock as falling at sunset, and that has so far happily suc ceeded in remaining superior to the pro verbial relation between time and money.