AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE.
A shining example that should be followed by every town and city of any enterprise, and which undoubtedly has been duplicated in hundreds of instances, is that of the city of Muskegon, Mich. The council of that wideawake municipality voted on May 6 to send the chief of the fire department, N. Belfy, to the Convention of the International Association of Fire Engineers, to be held in Chicago next month, and pay every cent of his expenses. In commenting on this action, Mayor Smith, of Muskegon, said: “We are sending Chief Belfy to Chicago, and we expect he will come back chock full of good ideas in connection with the fire department.” There is no doubt that this action of the council is a far-sighted one, and that the returns in increased efficiency of the department, resulting from the new ideas which Chief Belfy is bound to receive from his contact with other men in his line of work, will repay the outlay for his trip a hundred-fold. It would be wise for those cities which have not already done so, to follow the lead of Muskegon in this matter.