Issue 18 and Volume 50.

FIRE AND WATER ENIGNEERING. At the recent charter election in Los Angeles, Cal., the people voted three to one in favor of an amendment providing a municipal pension for firemen. In spite of this public expression, the city council prepared its fiscal budget for the ensuing year without making provision for carrying out the people’s will. Something must be wrong in Los Angeles. Instead of its officials being public servants, it looks as though they were public dictators. Why not follow the example oi New York, which guarantees the fireman’s family against financial misfortune resulting directly from his service for the community, and also against need after years of faithful service? The property which he risks his life to protect should be responsible for such a fund, and when the voters of Los Angeles expressed this wish, they did not expect the mandate would be ignored. The wonder that a…

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