APPRECIATION OF THE CONSTANT VIGILANCE OF FIREMEN.
Appreciation of “the monotony of being a fireman” is expressed by the Burlington, Ia., “Gazette” in an editorial in which it suggests that a pool table be donated to the central fire station in that city, saying the gift would be appreciated a hundredfold and would provide diversion for the men who are obliged to be constantly on duty. The “Gazette” says: “One of the most efficient branches of the city’s public service complement is the fire department” and further says: “Being a fireman is different from other occupations. Constant vigilance is necessary and the men are compelled to be on duty at all times. After doing all the work essential to keep up the equipment and the quarters a fireman still has plenty of time on his hands. Day in and day out it’s the same old story and it is natural that a fireman should become wearied of the constant vigil. The men at the Central station, as capable and efficient a body as could be found, are hard pressed frequently to put in the time. They can read until they become tired; they can converse with their fellow firemen until they have exhausted every topic, and they can engage in other duties, but the zone is prescribed to the station, as they cannot get too far away from the sound of the alarm bell. A room was included in the new station to be used as a gymnasium, but no apparatus was ever provided and besides the room is too small for the purpose. It has long been the ambition of the firemen to place a pool table in the room. The city is not in the business of buying pool tables, the men find that they need the money for other purposes, and the pool table is still larking.”