Issue 5 and Volume 39.

AMONG FIRE ENGINEERS. It does not follow that, because there were only twelve fires, with a loss of $18,445.82 in the fire district of NORTH ADAMS. MASS., that the next report may not show a much heavier loss. There are several textile works in the district any one of which may furnish the materials for a disastrous conflagration. The municipal authorities, however, do not seem alive to the possibilitiesnot to say probabilities in that line. They make a yearly appropriation of only about one-sixth of what is allowed for fire service in other towns of equal population in the State, and yet adverse criticisms on the work of the fire department are not always lacking. First of all, the one lire station is too small. It ought to be larger and more commodious. A combination chemical and hose wagon should be purchased. The two tanks which such pieces of apparatus…

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