Merger Asked by New Jersey Firemen

Issue 19 and Volume 79.

Merger Asked by New Jersey Firemen In a talk at the opening of the forty-ninth annual convention of the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association at the Steel Pier, Atlantic City, on September 24, General Bird W. Spencer ot Passaic, and president of the association, virtually demanded a merger of all the rival firemen’s relief associations in the state. The president also recommended that pensions be provided for aged volunteer firemen of the state, the funds to be taken from the relief treasury. He said that it is the duty of the group to take care of the aged firemen. Mr. Spencer said that the various associations in the state were battling each other and as a consequence, the widows and the children of the dead veterans have to bear the natural result of the squabble. A very eloquent talk was delivered by Edward Caspar Stokes, former governor. In the absence…

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