ANSWERS TO INQUIRES
REX.—Much obliged for communication. Hope to hear from you often. Mark is all right and wants to be remembered.
STUART.—Our club rates are published in the paper weekly, viz.: six copies to one address, $10 a year. Shall be pleased to have you organize a club.
H. B.—Your credentials have been forwarded to Foreman Goodspeed. The record you bear seems to be a good one, and we think there will be no trouble about his tak ng you into the Company of which he is the head upon your moving to his city.
H. H., BOSTON.—The Roll of Honor in the New York Department is a large book, in which is transcribed, by order of the Commissioners, the reports of gallant conduct on the part of the members of the Department. Some of these reports are voluminous, and the volume is well filled. The exact number of names entered on the Roll of Honor we do not know, but will ascertain.
J. T. McC.—No, thanks; we shall be obliged to decline your proposition. We are in the habit of giving a chromo and a set of false teeth to advertisers as an inducement, but have not yet begun to send THE JOURNAL to their various agents gratuitously. Injustice to many other agents, who pay us $2 for THE JOURNAL and also send us many new subscribers, we cannot comply with your modest request.
W. C.—It is not the province of THE JOURNAL to answer questions that arc foreign to the subject of fire and fire apparatus. As yours is a biblical question, please take it to Bob Ingersoll. THE JOURNAL knows well enough what the correct answer is ; it is proud to say that it has been a regular attendant at Sunday-school ever since it reached the age of understanding, but still it is not its business to go outside of fire matters, and it won’t.
L. W. J.—You axe wrong, but, as you say you are not a Fireman, we will overlook your ignorance this time. It is not always the largest and best appearing Engine that is the best. As the Irish gentleman said, “It is not the size of the thing, it is the squirt.” The whole thing must be judged by the work it does. Years ago it was the fashion to have very large Engines, but those of the present day are lighter and yet they do better work.
A, D. Iowa.—The best means we know of to secure State aid for the benefit of Fire Departments is to secure the passage of an act by the Legislature imposing a tax of two per cent on the premiums received by fire insurance companies, such tax to be applied to the use of the Department in the place where it is collected. New York, New Jersey, and several other States have such a law, and it works well. Of course, this tax is charged by the companies to those who insure, but, as they are the owners of the property likely to be destroyed, they are the very ones who should pay for fire protection.