Leadership

JOKING ON A SOLEMN SUBJECT.

Issue 17 and Volume 1888 4.

JOKING ON A SOLEMN SUBJECT. A correspondent of a San Francisco insurance paper sends to it as specimens of the local agent’s gentle wit, even under the most serious and trying circumstances, verbatim copies of replies received from two of them in answer to a circular query letter on water supply and fire department: No. 1. From what source is your town supplied with water? Heavens. Have you cisterns or a reservoir? A bucket. Is there a system of pipes and hydrants ? Gas pipes. What is the pressure ? Depends upon the strength of the pump-handle. Have you a fire department ? No, mam. Have you a steam or hand engine ? A syringe. Have you fire hose, and how much. Hain’t got none. No. 2. From what source is your town supplied with water? Sacramento river, filled with catfish. Have you cisterns or a reservoir ? No. Is…

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