Issue 14 and Volume 31.

FIRE AND WATER In despair and as a last hope Chief Musham, of Chicago, anxious to avoid the crippling of his splendid fire department, is said to entertain the fond idea that there are enough wealthy and patriotic aldermen in the council who are willing to give up their salaries and thus save the organisation from being depleted of many of its members. The drowning man clutching at straws for his salvation has as much chance of being saved as Chief Musham’s men, if he continues to entertain what is not even a forlorn hope. A few nights ago there was a destructive fire in Pike’s building. Cincinnati, in which is a theatre. The fire, however, was in another portion of the building, though clouds of smoke penetrated into that portion in which the opera house was situated, and in which at the time a theatrical performance was going on…

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