Issue 24 and Volume 4.

THE FIRE AND BUILDING DEPARTMENTS. In a recent article we discussed the probability of a new City Charter for New York being prepared by the Legislature this winter, and said that if this was done there would probably be a change in the Fire Department. We base our argument upon the fact that as the Republicans will have a majority in the Legislature, they will want the citycharter remodeled so as to give them more patronage in the city than they now have. We stated that it was reported that an attempt would probably be made to increase the number of Commissioners to five, and that it this was done it would be necessary to find employment for them, as there was not enough work in the Fire Department to keep five Commissioners employed. Believing that the Department of Buildings, the management of which has been severely criticised during the…

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