Natural Friends

Issue 10 and Volume 15.

Natural Friends Because of the illness of the correspondent of the FIRE ENGINEER the report of the Annual Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers did not reach the office of publication in time for this issue. A full report will be made at a later date.—Editor. THERE are publications, circulating amongst firemen, which seem to assume that their extraordinary popularity can be maintained only by purusing methods commonly regarded as outside the pale of reputable journalism. Perhaps it is not to be wondered at that literature of a character commonly circulated among persons of poor reasoning powers finds readers among firemen. For there are in fire departments many very young men who have not had the idealism and unbounded confidence of youth modified by the stern realities of life. Aspirations based upon idealism render young men impatient of things which, to them, seems senseless old fogyism. The only…

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