BISHOP POTTER AND THE NEW YORK FIREMEN.
Bishop Potter, of the Episcopalian diocese of New York, on whom a delegation composed of members of the fire department of New York city called during the past week to enlist his good offices with Mayor Low in favor of the Two-Platoon bill, wrote the following letter to the mayor:
“April 21, 1903.
My Dear Mr Mayor:—As you know, I am no friend of the privileged classes, and it is easy to make such of persons in civic employ. But efficiency is not obtained by cheapness, by overwork or by empty praise. The fire department has had a great deal of the latter. Is it not time to give it some more substantial recognition? It is to-day the only department of public service in which we are wont to look for heroic and self-forgetful service. May it not he wisely rewarded and encouraged bv making that service somewhat less severe and exhaustive?
“I am your honor’s faithful servant.
“HENRY C. POTTER.”
In giving the letter to the committee Bishop Potter is reported to have said that, from its presentation of the case, he considered the proposed change in hours of duty in the fire department a just and desirable one.