A WOULD-BE GIRL FIRE-FIGHTER.

A WOULD-BE GIRL FIRE-FIGHTER.

There is one young woman in London, England, who would like to join that city’s fire brigade. She made application to the offices of the brigade; but so tar they have not encouraged her ambition. She is Miss Rosetta Simpson, of Clerkenwell, whose father, who died some time ago, was a firefighter in the country before he came to London. Having read of the exploits of Miss Norman, of New York, who is believed to be the only fire woman in the world, Miss Simpson, who is a tall, well built girl of 22; determined to see if it were possible for a woman to enter the London fire brigade. “I have had a thorough gymnastic training (she says) and am in the best of health. 1 am tired of typewriting, at which I now get my living and would love to be a fire-woman. I am sure I am strong enough. I think the work of the fire brigade is one of the noblest in the world. I went down to the head station in Southwark Bridge road and saw an official, and asked him if ever a woman had applied to become a member of the brigade before. He looked surprised and laughed. ‘No (he said), and I don’t suppose the application would be considered for a moment.’ When I told him I wished to become a fire-woman he looked amused and suggested I should write to Captain Hamilton. T did so, and received this reply by return: ‘In reply to your letter it is not at present proposed to enroll ladies in the London fire brigade.’ ”

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