Johnstown Firemen Ask for Increase.
Feeling that their compensation is inadequate to the demand upon their time and the hazards of their duty, and not in a proper ratio to the cost of living, the members of the Johnstown. Pa., fire department have presented to the Board of Fire Commissioners and Chief Keller two petitions for an increase in pay. The first paper is signed by every member of the department, a total of sixty-four, while the second bears the signatures of property owners and business men, 145 in all. The men make no specific demand in the matter of an increase, but simply ask that the present rate of pay, one of the lowest, it is said, for a city the size of Johnstown, be advanced to a more commensurate ratio to the other factors in their life. The paid fire department was organized almost five years ago, and since that time has demonstrated its efficiency in a manner to win the highest praise of the citizens. It has been one of the best paying investments ever made by the city, as, in addition to being handled in a common sense manner and at the least possible expense, it has reduced rates of underwriting and brought greater safety to tincity by its crusade against careless merchants. Chief Keller receives $125 a month; the seven captains, $80 a month ; the two lieutenants, $75 a month ; the six engineers, $75 a month. Johns town has 55,000 population.