Issue 27 and Volume 56.

BERKS COUNTY FIREMEN’S ASSOCIATION IN CONVENTION The annual convention of the Berks County Firemen’s Association, held in Allegheny Hall, Reading, Pa., on December 19, was opened with an address of welcome by William P. Helder, who, in greeting the seventy or more delegates, said: “The city of Reading recently underwent a campaign in which it decided the true worth of the volunteer firemen. There is no more noble word in the entire dictionary than ‘volunteer.’ When applied to a soldier, it means a man who is willing to fight for the principles which he believes to be right, even though in performing his duty he slays his fellow man and brings distress. When that word is placed before firemen it stands for all that is noble. He is the man, who, without pay or thought of reward, offers himself for the protection of life and property. He asks no thanks,…

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