Issue 14 and Volume 1885 15.

TOPICS OF THE DAY THERE is a general desire on the part of propertyowners and insurance companies of Washington that Chief Engineer Cronin be retained under the new administration. A better fireman or more courteous gentleman could not be found, and as the chief has worked his way up from the ranks, President Cleveland could not have a better opportunity to enforce the civil service idea. AT a fire in Washington last Saturday night, caused by an electric light wire coming in contact with the wooden roof, Chief Cronin, while going about the roof with a brass lantern in his hand, accidentally brought the lantern in contact with a small wire attached to the main wire of the electric lighting company. The shock knocked the chief about three feet, and had it not been for some firemen standing near, who caught him, he would have been precipitated to the ground,…

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