Issue 10 and Volume 61.

THE WASHINGTON FIRE SERVICE Chief Frank J. Wagner, of Washington, D. C., in his report of the operations of the fire department of the District of Columbia, for the year terminating June 30, 1916, calls attention to the fact that of the 1,340 alarms received, 130 were false, an increase of 34 in false alarms when compared with the fiscal year 1915. The number of false alarms, he said, has increased within the past few years, notwithstanding the vigilance of the police department, the offer of rewards for convictions in such cases, and the severe punishment meted out in the police court for such offenses. No remedy had yet been suggested which has proven capable of preventing the evil. During the year four convictions were secured and the guilty parties either fined or sentenced to imprisonment, the small number of convictions being due to the difficulty of obtaining evidence suff_____cient…

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