Issue 25 and Volume 63.

NEW YORK RETURNS TO THE VOLUNTEER. The entrance of America into the great World War has brought about some peculiar situations, but none more remarkable and astonishing than the condition that confronts the fire department of its largest city. New York is to witness the return of the volunteer, but not exactly of the same order as the happy-go-lucky boys of the old days. The new volunteer force will be a well drilled army, responsible to the commissioner and the chief, and ready and willing to obey orders and learn as much as may be necessary to render good service when called upon. But nevertheless they will be volunteers, and no doubt the experiment, “for the duration of the war” is going to be watched with keen interest by the chiefs of other cities. The wisest course and the only other alternative open to the fire departments of the country…

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