Indianapolis Salvage Corps Discontinued
The Indianapolis, Ind., insurance salvage corps which went into service January 10 in command of Captain William Curran, formerly of the Cincinnati salvage corps, went out of existence on April 1 and its motor apparatus placed in storage. The previous city administration allowed the corps to occupy old Engine 13 station in East Maryland street. Mayor Bell and Chief Johnson decided recently that this station should be used by the fire department. The building is in the heart of the congested downtown wholesale district. Mayor Bell recently received a telegram from insurance men in Chicago, stating that unless the city gives the salvage corps permission to use the building the remainder of the administration, the equipment would be stored. “These insurance men can neither play the baby act nor bluff with me,” said the mayor. “So far as the administration is concerned the controversy is closed and, now that the organization has relinquished the right to occupy the building, they can not do so, even if they should wish to reconsider their action.” The insurance companies have refused to maintain the corps since the city has refused to provide a headquarters free of rent. Officers of the corps say that the equipment will be kept in storage until June 1. when it will be removed to some other city unless the administration provides headquarters. Mayor Bell has been emphatic in his stand against the city providing a building for the organization.