Boston Mayor Opposes Larger Fire Force.
Mayor Fitzgerald, of Boston, takes issue with Fire Commissioner Daly on the latter’s recommendation that 100 more men be immediately added to the department. The mayor says he is convinced that there are enough men in the department properly to do the work required, and says that the fire commissioner must produce convincing information or something entirely unknown to him, to change his opinion. The mayor declared time and again that Boston has the best fire department in America. Now he merely says “Boston has a pretty good fire department.” The mayor says he was much surprised to receive Mr. Daly’s recommendation for 100 more men, and that he asked him to furnish figures and other data on which to base his contention. When the mayor was in Philadelphia at the city-planning conference, he learned that the fire department there covered twice the area that the Boston fire department covers and at about $200,000 less expense, and that when be was in Chicago, he was surprised to learn that the department there covered four times the territory of the local department, with only twice the expense. In view of this information the mayor told Mr. Daty that he could not conscientiously recommend to the city council that more money be appropriated to add to the fire-fighting force. The mayor turned to the records and found that the Roston fire department cost $1,341,000 in 1905-6, and that this year the appropriation has been $1,600,000, an increase of about 20 per cent. He says he does not question the wisdom of this increase, but is anxious to have all the facts et his command before he recommends the appropriation of more money this year. “It is simply a question of how far the city can go,” he said, “with increasing expenditures in other departments staring us in the face. We know that tire fighting, like all other forms of municipal operation, is much in its infancy. We are to appropriate $1,090,000 for the installation of the high pressure system and wc are experimenting with auto apparatus. I have read that German cities are making great savings by the use of their auto apparatus, and I will look into them while in Europe.”