Issue 17 and Volume 48.

Entered at New York as second-class matter. Political interference has caused more demoralization in fire departments than any other one thing. This statement is not a new one—it has been repeated many times in this publication, which has never hesitated to condemn such action. Politics will disrupt and destroy the efficiency of any department no matter how many other things combine to hold it intact. The latest instance of such interference comes from East St. Louis, Mo., where Chief Charles M. Burke has just resigned after working for several months while at loggerheads with the fire commissioners. The differences grew out of the appointment by the commissioners of seven new members to the department when the chief insisted that but one was needed. As a rule a fire chief is glad to get all the help he can use, but to have more than he can use may act as…

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