With the Editor

Issue 2 and Volume 86.

With the Editor “Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute” —C C. Pinckney, U. S. Minister to France, 1796 (answering French minister’s demand for money) Millions for defense . . . ? The courageous stand taken by Ambassador Pinckney before representatives of France in the Eighteenth Century was just what one would expect from a representative of this country back in those days of sturdy Americanism. Some people would even go as far as to assert that a typical representative of our people today would show like courage in a similar situation. We doubt it, particularly if the actions of municipal officials in many of our largest cities during the past year can be taken as a criterion. When faced with the choice of maintaining the strength of the Fire Department for defense against fire or exposing the property owners to increasing fire losses and increases in insurance…

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