Issue 13 and Volume 39.

A TROUBLESOME QUESTION AT PLAINFIELD. A question recently arose at Plainfield, N. J., as to the appointment of an assistant chief, which savors very much of politics and tends to impair the existing good dscipline of the fire department. The force consists of one chief, one assistant chief, ten men and three captains, all full paid. Besides these there are one assistant chief, one captain, twenty-three men and one engineer of steamer on the call list. Some discussion arose, in which a lot of busybodies took part, as to the appointment of the call Assistant Chief John Cose being the nominee for the place. His name was twice submitted to the council, but failed to carry the number of votes to elect; consequently, no appointment was made. An ordinance was then introduced in council to abolish the position of second assistant, and it went to a third reading of that…

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