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PITY THE FIREMEN IN DETROIT DURING THE VOLUNTEER DAYS

Issue 8 and Volume 94.

PITY THE FIREMEN IN DETROIT DURING THE VOLUNTEER DAYS Early Letter Written in 1855, Describes Activities in City as Regards Firemen and Fire Apparatus THE, late Hayward Murphy, Fire Commissioner at Detroit, acquired, shortly before his death, for his collection of fire department memorabilia, an original letter, written May 2, 1855, by George A. Porter in which Mr. Porter expresses to Charles S. May. a friend in the East, great apprehension and grave misgivings over the volunteer fire department situation in Detroit and particularly about “a Fred”—whoever Fred may have been. Devoid of its extraneous verbiage, the letter, while anything but laudatory of voluntary fire fighters of eighty-five years ago, is nevertheless entertaining because of its originality and its innocent dread of the life of a fireman as so provincially expressed by the writer. The letter in part goes thus: The Letter “Detroit, May 2, 1855. “Dear Friend:—Just the richest…

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