CHIEF HORAN AND THE TWO-PLATOON SYSTEM.
In opening a recent address delivered to the Fire Insurance Club, of Chicago, Fire Marshal Horan dwelt at some length upon the rise and fall of the double platoon system. “This organisation,” he said, “was founded with a purpose of ousting Chief Musham, and it carried its work out during the regime of Chief Campion, my predecessor. But Chief Campion proved a difficult man to oust from office, and, before I was appointed, Mayor Dunne wrote out a resignation which he asked me to sign. In that way I was forced to sign my own death warrant before I took the office of chief, and l knew full well who held the string. The double-platoonists, when they asked for a trial of their theory in the first battalion, said thev could do it on the same number of men as were required for a thirteen man company. That was proved a lie. First, they had to have two more men, and then it was found the men were not so anxious to work for their fellows who were sick. It was destruction of discipline and was the greatest disorganising force that ever entered the department. The double-platoon system was killed by the last election, and it was a great victory for Chicagoans whose homes are to be protected by the fire department.”