Issue 18 and Volume 1895 16.

FIRE AND WATER DAILY newspapers unquestionably represent the condensed intelligence of the community in which individual sheets are published, but the amount of ignorance displayed on some subjects would be laughable if such serious questions were not involved. No class of men on earth are subjected to severer and more unjust criticism than firemen. They are looked upon as a lazy gang who sit around the engine houses doing nothing all day. If several fires follow each other in quick succession the daily charges the firemen with neglecting their duties and demands an official investigation. If fires are few the daily press begins to shout for a reduction of the fire force on the ground of unnecessary expense. As a fault-finder with fire departments the daily press is a brilliant success; as a promoter of appreciation of the firemen’s services and an encourager in dangerous work it is not conspicuous.…

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