“AMERICAN CRITICS—A TIMELY PROTEST.”

“AMERICAN CRITICS—A TIMELY PROTEST.”

Under the above heading Fire and Water of London writes as follows:

“American criticism of the London fire brigade, seldom even approximately correct and generally based upon the most superficial acquaintance with the service here, have been in the past so readily indorsed by the Transatlantic press that it is a real pleasure to read in the leading American fire journal an honest condemnation of the methods of these cities. The article in Ft HE AND WATKK BNUINKEWNV. referred to deals, more particularly with the absurd statements of Mr. N B. lhurton, a former police commissioner of New York city, who lately visited this country and went hack with the story—-among others equally silly—that there were no hydrants at all in the metropolis. It will do Mr. Commissioner Thurston and company a world of gixid to read and digest the candid comment of our contemporary. We only regret that some of the other American journals catering for the tire service are not similarly honest But a few weeks since one of these -hailing, we believe, from Chicago—reprinted an article, written some thirty years ago by an imaginative and not over scrupulous journalist, on the Lon don tire brigade, excusing the age of the article in a prefatory note to the effect that it did not much matter, as the arrangments in the British metropolis were much the same at the present time as they were then!”

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