Boston Firemen Complimented
The “Transcript” of Boston pays the following compliment to Chief John A. Mullen and his men: “Since the beginning of the cold spell the fire department has made a record that deserves ungrudging acknowledgment and warm praise. The demands made upon it would have been seriously exhaustive at any time of the year and under favorable conditions of weather. Coming when the temperature was hugging the zero point nearly all day, and largely because of that, the labors and sufferings of the force were greatly intensified. During the past forty-eight hours there have probably been well up toward a hundred alarms of all kinds. Some of them were needless; many of them were for working fires and several were for very serious situations. The handling of the Roxbury fire calls for special commendation. It not only imperilled the immediate surroundings, but the flying sparks and embers ignited many other buildings at considerable distances away, and taxed the generalship, the endurance and the devotion to duty of the entire force. On Tuesday morning there wre six alarms for real fires within half an hour, and while such frequent summons were not steadily maintained there was hardly a moment when in some part of the city there was not busy work cut out for the department. At the Arcadia building fire and that in the Compton building, where the scaling ladders were used to rescue an imperilled inmate, the promptness and efficiency of the service were admirably demonstrated.