AS TO THE RIGHT OF WAY.
HARDLY a week now passes in which we do not hear of collisions between pieces of fire apparatus and street cars and other vehicles (during the past week there have been four.) The consequences are not unfreqnently disastrous to the firemen, to say nothing of the expense which accrues to the taxpayers, owing to the damage done to the apparatus, and also to the property-owners, whose property is endangered by the delay thus caused—one which too often likewise involves the loss of life. There has been too much leniency shown in the past with regard to such collisions, which, in the majority of cases, are not the result of chance, but of a fixed design on the part of the various street car companies and many of the express and other big corporations, manufacturing, brewing, or other, to assert their right to be looked upon as the owners of the streets. It is full time they were disabused of that erroneous notion, and taught by a severe course of fines and Imprisonment not only that others have equal rights with themselves, but also that the fire department apparatus, the fire patrol wagon, and the hospital ambulance (the police are well enough able to obtain the right of way for their patrol wagon) have paramount rights, to which all must give way. Where such rights are not set down in so many words in city ordinances, the omission fehould be at once remedied, so as to guarantee right of way at all times and everywhere to the several departments enumerated above.