Increased Pay for Knoxville Firemen.

Increased Pay for Knoxville Firemen.

The fire department of Knoxville, Tenn., which for a long time has been contending for an increase in salary, has at last succeeded. The most strenuous foe all along has been the mayor. The city council passed an ordinance allowing the increase on two occasions, but the mayor both times vetoed the measure. Finally the council passed the ordinance over his head, but subsequently other impediments arose to prevent the firemen from benefiting by the increase. As in most cases where higher wages are demanded, politics acts as a deterrent factor against the would-be beneficiaries. All of this, however, has been overcome at Knoxville, and members of the fire department, from Chief Boyd down to the lowest man in the ranks, was paid the increase on the last pay day. The new scale is as follows: One chief, $15 increase; assistant chief, $10; eight captains, $5; five engineers, $5; one superintendent of fire alarm, $5; one assistant superintendent of fire alarm, $5; twenty-five stokers, drivers, ladderrnen and pipemen, $5; twenty-four stokers, laddermeu and pipemen, no increase; five stokers, laddermen and pipemen reduced $5.

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