Leadership

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Issue 29 and Volume 1887 1.

WHAT OTHERS SAY “DETROIT’S PERIL AND PARSIMONY.” IN your issue of May 7, you quoted from a Chicago paper a communication severely criticising the fire protection of Detroit, and also the comments of The Detroit Evening Journal upon the matter. I have waited to read the observations of the writer upon other cities he might visit, but his criticism seems to be limited to Detroit. Permit me to say a few words in reply. The Ferry and the Pingree and Smith fires, to which reference is made, are such as might occur in any city where exist seed warehouses and shoe factories. Detroit contains say 200,000 inhabitants. The fire department, for the past seventeen years under charge of a capable commission, is noted for its thoroughness, drill and promptitude ; has thirteen steam fire engines, three chemical engines, thirteen hose carriages, five hook and ladder trucks, seventy-seven horses, 23,000 feet…

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