Issue 1 and Volume 22.

FIRE PROTECTION IN HARRISBURG, PA. The following passage from the message of Mayor Patterson, of Harrisburg, Pa., conveys food for reflection He points out that a year ago he suggested the necessity of a reorganization of the system, by either consolidating the present department, reducing the number of companies, or by establishing a paid department with a less number of companies composing it. After another year’s experience and a close observation of its working, I am entirely convinced of the imperative necessity of a thorough reorganization of the said department ami placing it upon a more methodical and systematic plan of operation, when each and every one connected therewith shall be clothed with tire reponsibility of his position and shall be held strictiy to account for his acts. In former years, when the city was much smaller in numbers and contracted within much narrower limits, the volunteer system answered every…

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