Issue 20 and Volume 20.

SHOULD NEW YORK’S FIRE COMMISSIONERS BE ABOLISHED? THE plain duty of the fire commissioners of the city of New York, in the case of Superintendent Smith, of the fire alarm bureau, was to fill his position with a man of more progressive ideas. The commissioners who voted for his acquittal of the charges brought against him have failed to discharge their duty towards the people they represent. The evidence produced at the trial of Superintendent Smith showed that New York’s fire alarm system was very far behind the age, and that Mr. Smith was responsible for this condition. The antiquated boxes in use should have been replaced long ago by those of modern make, yet Mr. Smith seems not to have realized the importance of adopting this improvement. Comment has been made on this trial in former issues of FIRE AND WATER, wherefore, it is only necessary to say here…

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