Issue 7 and Volume 81.

WITH THE EDITOR Legalizing Convention A very important and far-reaching precedent in legislation has just been established by the passage of a bill in the Massachusetts legislature recently. This act legalizes the expenditure of city funds in defraying the expenses of official to, at and from conventions. The fact that no specific authorization by law of such expenses exists in the majority of the states has always heretofore proved a serious stumbling block to the paying of the expenses of the chief and other officers to conventions of firemanic bodies. There is not, and never has been, any question as to the benefits to be derived by such attendance, not only to the individual involved, but also indirectly to the fire department and the city which it serves. But, in spite of such fact being freely acknowledged by the city authorities, they hesitated in many cases to take the responsibility…

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