Thursday 7 October 2010

R.D.Blumenfeld on the Fire Brigade

December 29th, 1901

The fire brigade came dashing down the Strand at Wellington Street to-day with the usual wild cries of "Hi! yi! hi! yi!" which always creates a sensation in the streets. One of the engine horses came down on the slippery pavement, but the men had the team going in an incredibly short time. The suggestion so often made that the firemen should abandon their wild and alarming cries and substitute a gong is bitterly opposed by the firemen. They have always yelled "Hi! yi!" and they always will do so.

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