A SAMPLE OF MALICIOUS IGNORANCE.
A PAPER whose editor is as noted for his mendacity as he is remarkable for his ignorance asserts that THE JOURNAL was not named as the official paper of the Pennsylvania State Firemen’s Association. At the Second Annual Convention, held at Reading, THE JOURNAL was made, exclusively, the official paper of the Association. At the Third Annual Convention, held at Bradford, further action was taken, as shown by the following extracts from the official report, since which time the subject has not been considered at all:
MR. RAKE, Reading.—I have here a resolution to be read: Resolved, That the Firemen’s Herald be adopted as the standard organ of this Association. Motion seconded.
MR. HAYWOOD, Conshohocken.—Did we not adopt some other paper as the standard organ of this Association at a previous meeting, and is it good policy to have two organs ? 1 do not think so.
MR. JENKINS, Norristown.—I move that the resolution belaid upon the table. We all like to see these papers, and there is no reason why we should endorse one more than the other. Therefore I think the Herald should not be adopted by the Association.
MR. THOMSON, of the FIREMEN’S Journal.—If I may be allowed to say one word in explanation, I would be glad to do So. This Convention a year ago adopted and named THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL as its official organ. At that time there was no other Firemen’s paper published in the country, I believe. Since that time there have been one or two others come up, and I said at the National Convention and also at the Rochester Convention, that any man who had the energy, the enterprise and the ability to make a good Firemen’s paper was entitled to the endorsement of every Firemen’s Association and the support of every Fireman; and, if it is allowed me, I would like to suggest to the Association that the Firemen s Herald m conjunction with THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL be named the official papers of this Association, and that the Association have the two papers as their official organs as the National Association and the New York State Association have done.
MR. RAKE, Reading.—As the mover of that resolution 1 do not care about being misunderstood. It was neither the idea nor intention in placing that resolution before this Convention, to cast a slur or a fling at anybody, but we recognize at all times the progressive spirit of the age, and we do not mean to do anything as an injustice to THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL in placing that resolution before you. We meant it, as Mr. Thomson has just stated, to recognize the ability of the Firemen s Herald, and place it on equal footing with everybody else.
MR. MCGARVEY, Oil City.—I move to amend the resolution, that the Firemens Herald be made the organ of this Association, in connection with the FIREMEN’S JOURNAL.
Amendment seconded, and accepted by the mover of the original resolution.
MR. JENKINS, Norristown.—1 believe there are other Firemen’s papers besides THEJOURNAL and Herald. I think it is folly to have one or two or three official organs. If they want us to give them a good name, why do they not come and say so, and we will do it; but we do not want to officially recognize either the Herald or THE JOURNAL, as against any other newspaper. Therefore, I think that if there are any other papers, they ought to be included in this motion.
MR. GREEN, Carlisle.—I would say here that the JOURNAL and the Herald have been represented at the sessions of this Convention, and have been catering to the tastes of the delegates and the Fireman, and that THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL has been recognized as the official organ of this Association previous to the Firemen s Herald. Why did the representatives of these two papers come here and scatter their papers broadcast ? They notified the members of this Convention of the names of the delegates and the companies they represent. They ask this Convention to subscribe to their papers and to recognize their claims, and I think if the Boston Standard, or any other paptr would come here, we might then take their claims also into consideration. At present we have no right to take anything into consideration but these two papers.
MR. DUCK, Sehnsgrove.—To divide the patronage between four or five papers would be too much. If we cannot come to any conclusion, let the Association establish a State organ of its own.
MR. PIATT, Tunkhannock.—1 move to amend the resolution so it shall read— that these two papers be recommended to all fire companies and all Firemen as worthy of their support.
MR. Seckleman.—I rise to a point of order. There is now a motion on the floor to the same effect. The motion has been made to recognize the Firemen s Herald as the official organ, and it has been amended that the FIREMEN’S JOURNAL shall be added. There is no necessity of making a motion that really amounts to the same thing.
The Chair decides the point we 11 taken.
MR. GREENKVVALD, Bradford.—I think this Convention will do justice by appointing both papers. I, as the representative of the Bradford Department here, claim that the Firemen’s Herald, as well as THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL, has been instrumental in making this Convention a success up to the present time, and think it is a duty we owe to them to help those papers as long as we have the power to do it.
MR. PIATT, Tunkhannock.—I think the Chair has made a mistake; my motion was to amend an amendment, and that is always in order. My amendment is, “ that the Firemen’s Herald anti THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL be recommended to the favorable consideration of the fire companies and to all Firemen, as worthy of their support.” I am a little astonished that my friend on the other side of the house should rise to a point of order on an amendment to an amendment.
MR. SECKLEMAN.-I cannot see where any amendment to an amendment has been offered. The motion was made that the Firemen s Herald be added to THE JOURNAL, and the gentleman has said the same thing.
MR. BOSTICK, Harrisburg.—Recognizing the ability of the JOURNAL and Herald, I am not here prepared to recognize either of them, and so far as I am concerned, or any of the members of our company, I do not ask any information from the Herald or the JOURNAL. We know our duty, and we know how to perform it,
MR. RAKE.-AS the mover ot the original resolution, I would state that I am here representing the Junior Fire Company No. 2, of Reading. We are always there when we are wanted, and we read both the JOURNAL and the Herald, and we profit by it every time; and in the 19th century the man who does not read the newspapers, where is he ? He is not in his place when the alarm bells ring.
The Chair decides Mr. Piatt’s motion in order.
MR. ANCONA, Reading.—I rvant to suggest that there seems to be an inconsistency in the resolution proposed to be adopted. I could understand that the Convention might have one paper that might be regarded as its official organ, but we w’ould not do justice were we to recognize one paper in preference to another. Both of these papers are circulating among the many F iremen in the State of Pennsylvania. I saw one, and read it with a great deal of pleasure. It contains a great deal of valuable information. What this Convention desires to do I presume is to commend these papers to the favorable consideration of the Firemen and the F’ire Department generally for their support.
A Delegate.—Would not this Convention be bound by the former resolutions to adopt THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL as their official paper?
The Chair understands that THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL is still and would still be the official organ of this Association.
MR. Ancona.—We certainly do not want more than one official organ, and I am sure we do not want one official organ. I presume both of these papers will publish the proceedings of this Convention gratuitously and without being formally designated as organs. Already THE FOREMEN’S JOURNAL has been made the official organ, and now the amendment adds the recommendation that the Herald has been worthy of the support of the F iremen.
Question on the resolution, as amended by Mr. Piatt, called for. Resolution as amended carried.
MR. Rake—Since both papers have been recommended to the Association and to the companies composing this Association, I would move that the resolution making THE FIREMEN’S JOURNAL the official organ of this Association be and is hereby rescinded.
THE Chair.—There is a motion before the house. It occurs on the original amendment to the resolution.
MR. WHEELER, Bradford.—I ask for infortnation, What is the position of the Firemen’s Herald if that resolution is passed ?
THE Chair.—It is a recommendation by this Association. That is all.
MR. Wheeler.—Then if we pass this resolution THE FOREMEN’S JOURNAL stands as the official organ of this Association, and both papers are simply recommended to the patronage of the F’iremen.
MR. JENKINS, Norristown.—I would suggest a way out of this difficulty. Pass this resolution that was an amendment of the original resolution. Then reconsider or amend the motion of last year, and you have both papers on an equal standing. Pass this resolution and rescind the other.
A Delegate.—Have we a right to argue a question between a ballot ? Has not part of this motion passed ?
THE Chair.—The point is well taken. The guest ion is now upon the resolution as amended. Motion as amended carried.
MR. RAKE, Reading.—I now move that the motion making THE FIREMEN S JOURNAL the standard organ of this Association be and is hereby rescinded. Seconded by Mr. Jenkins. Carried.
THE Chair.—The question is now upon the original motion, that the Firemen’s Herald be adopted as the standard organ of this Association. Motion carried.
It will thus be seen that the amendment offered by Mr. McGarvey to the original resolution offered by Mr. Rake was accepted by that gentleman and subsequently adopted by the Convention. Then the original motion was adopted, thus carrying the amendment with it. Did the editor referred to know anything about parliamentary law, he would know that when an amendment is offered to a motion, the amendment must be acted on first, after which the original resolution must be considered to give validity to the amendment. The action of the Convention was, in brief, to adopt the amendment, offered by Mr. McGarvey, as accepted by Mr. Rake.
The editor referred to was not present when this action was taken, but on being informed of it came to the editor of THE JOURNAL and personally thanked him for the course he had taken, as he did at two other Conventions where we had aided and assisted him. He knew then that THE JOURNAI. was adopted as an official paper of the Association, and he knows it now, but thinks it will serve his purpose best to lie about it. Reference to the official report of the proceedings will show that the editor of THE JOURNAL was twice called upon, subsequent to the action above recited, to address the Convention : when the editor referred to was called for he was non est comatibus. Had the Convention put any slight upon THE JOURNAL, it would scarcely have desired to listen to any remarks by the editor. It would naturally be supposed from reading the above extracts that the individual referred to would show some little gratitude to one whom he then acknowledged had rendered him a valuable service. Even dogs manifest gratitude to those who are kind to them, but this one contrives to mingle the sins of ingratitude and falsehood in about equal proportions.
We apologize to our readers for being obliged to allude to this matter in our columns, but this editor has indulged in so many falsehoods of late regarding us that in this instance it seems necessary to stamp out his lies by giving the official record of the proceedings referred to, a record which he garbled and falsified to suit his purpose. We trust the Firemen of Pennsylvania will take note of the manner in which he has misrepresented them as well as us.