Chief Reynolds Closes Theaters at Clarksburg

Chief Reynolds Closes Theaters at Clarksburg

Unless an appeal from the decision of Chief Thomas Reynolds at Clarksburg, W. Va., and assistant State fire marshal, is granted, all the theaters of Clarksburg, including the moving picture houses, will be closed until such changes are made as will meet with the approval of Chief Reynolds. The latter took action against the theaters last Thursday by notifying the managers to close them until changes were made in what he regarded hazardous conditions in case of fire. The managers, the chief and the mayor then held a meeting, and the theater operators decided to appeal from the Reynolds decision to the chief fire marshal of the State. When they arrived at this decision the city chief’s orders mere suspended 24 hours by him and the theaters were allowed to operate for that length of time. Chief Reynolds stated that lie took this action as a matter of protection to theater patrons from fire, but he did not act until after he and Moses Kendelberger, of Wheeling, an assistant State fire marshal, had made a thorough inspection of the houses and suggested needed changes He acted under the State law. Chief Reynolds has a commission from the State fire marshal, dated Jan. 8 of the present year, conferring upon him all the powers of an assistant to the State lire marshal. Some of the theater operators feel that the appeal will be granted and that when the State fire marshal himself makes a personal inspection of their places he will find conditions equally good as those prevailing in most cities.

Vicksburg, Miss., has been enjoined from proceeding to build its own water works plant, as a sequel to a suit filed in the Federal Court by the Vicksburg Water Works Company, which is resisting the building of the plant on the grounds that it is in violation of the present water works company’s franchise rights.

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