A WOMAN FIRE MACHINE DRIVER.

A WOMAN FIRE MACHINE DRIVER.

On August 1 the fire department of Baton Rouge, La., was called out to a bakery blaze. When the alarm was turned in Ernest Martinez, the housekeeper of Washington fire company No. 1, was absent from the engine house, which apparently left no one to take the apparatus out. His plucky wife, however, alive to the gravity of the situation, jumped into the seat, took a firm hold on the reins, and urged the handsome black steed at full speed to the scene of trouble. Cheers for the brave deed rang out as she reached the scene, far ahead of any other company, and loud were the praises sung by the firemen for her daring. This is the first time in the history of the fire department that a woman has acted as driver, and the firemen propose to reward the heroine with a substantial testimonial of their appreciation.

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