CHICAGO TO ADD TO HER FIREFIGHTERS.
Chief Musham, of Chicago, has made a requisition on the civil service commission for 121 pipe and truck men. It is not intended to create any new engine houses, but to distribute the new men among the existing ones. All the downtown companies are to be doubled—making two in each engine house, so as to provide for any emergency in that territory, and one man is to be added to every company in the other districts. The companies outside of the business district have been shorthanded, but this will bring them up to the standard. The double company plan downtown is what the chief has been most anxious to put into effect. It has been necessary to move up outside companies to fill the houses whenever they were emptied on a single alarm, thus leaving unprotected the territory they came from.