Issue 25 and Volume 4.

RECENT PHILADELPHIA FIRES. THE JOURNAL has been criticised because it has pointed out the corruption and inefficiency of the Philadelphia Fire Department. Two big fires recently have demonstrated the truth of our assertions, and Philadelphia begins to find out that the safety of the city depends upon the efficiency of its Fire Department. Since the two recent fires, the Philadelphia papers have indulged in quite as forcible criticism as ever we did. The Bulletin has taken the matter up in earnest, and among other things says: “There was the old story of bursting hose at the fire, yesterday morning, and the other old story of insufficient water supply. Both stories are told after every large fire, greatly to the discredit of Philadelphia, at large, and to the destruction of property and often of life itself. “ Penny wise and pound foolish ’’ is the working motto of Philadelphia in these…

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