Was It a Ladder Truck?

Issue 13 and Volume 77.

Was It a Ladder Truck? Clatter, clatter, bang. Down the street came the fire engines. Driving along ahead, oblivious of any danger, was a farmer in a ramshackle old buggy. A policeman yelled at him. “Hi, there, look out, the fire department’s cornin:” Turning in by the curb, the farmer watched the hose cart, salvage wagon and engine whiz past. Then he turned out into the street again and drove on. Barely had he started when the hook and ladder came tearing along. The rear wheel of the big truck slewed into the farmer’s buggy, smashing it to smithereens and sending the farmer sprawling into the gutter. The policeman ran to his assistance. “Didn’t I tell ye to keep out of the way?” he demanded crossly. “Didn’t I tell ye the fire department was coinin’?” “Wall, consarn ye,” said the peeved farmer, “I did get outer the way for th’…

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