FAILURE OF THE ENGINE TRIAL AT READING.
To the Editor of THE FIREMAN’S JOURNAL.
My attention has been called to an article published in the Newark, N. J. Journal, in which, no icing the reception given the Passaic Engine Company No. 2, of that city upon their return from Reading, Pa., where they had participated in the grand parade of Firemen on the 22d of September, Chief Benedict of the Newark Department is reported as having said in substance, “That the Silsby Company backed out, and that there was no Engine on the ground willing to meet the ‘Passaic’ in a contest.” I therefore deem it proper to correct so much of this statement as refers to the ” La France ” Engine, which was on the ground ready to contest with any and ail Engines that might be brought there. That there was no contest was owing to the resignation of the judges appointed to conduct such trial.
While at Reading I formed the personal acquaintance of Chief Benedict, who I found to be a very agreeable and social gentleman, and whose reputation as a “fire fighter” is second to none in the country, and I trust that he has been misreported, for like Chief Benedict’s company, the “La France” had complied with all the requirements of the judges, and the Chief was well aware of this fact, and upon the ground on the morning of the 24th Inst., in a conversation with him, this fact was admitted.
The failure of a trial was solely due to the Silsby representatives objecting to the judges, causing a feeling among them which resulted, as above stated, in their resignation. And while the ” La F‘rance”had as much cause to ” kick ” as the Silsby Company did, they were willing to trust to the honor of the gentlemr n in order to bring on a contest.
Trusting you will give the above correction a space in your columns, that the true state of affairs may be known—for the ” La France ” is ready and willing at all times to meet any make of Engine on equal terms—I am most respectfully yours. JAS. A. TAGGERT.
ELMIRA, N. Y., October 7, 1881.