MAYOR W. R. JOYNER.
A telegram from Atlanta, Ga., dated August 23, announces that Chief W. R. Joyner, of the fire department of that city, was on that day elected its mayor. To those who were acquainted with the feeling entertained in the capital of the Empire State of the South in favor of Chief Joyner as a candidate for the highest municipal honors his success is no surprise. In him the city will have not only an able chief executive, but one whose reputation for honesty of purpose and fixed determination to see the affairs of the municipality fairly and honestly administered is proverbial. It is, therefore, safe to prophesy that, under his regime, Atlanta’s progress and increase in prosperity will he very marked. Chief Joyner is a fire chief of very long standing, and has, besides, held that office without a single break for considerably over twcc.tv years. He rose to the chief executive office of the fire department entirely through his own merits, and reached the highest rung in the ladder only after having first stepped on the lowest and climbed to the ton without skipping a step. He had no political backer, but was the architect of his own fortune. Hence it is that the same principle of promotion by merit has been one of the distinguishing features of his term of office. In his administration he has not pandered to any party, but from the outset banished politics from the department and showed no favor to any officer or man. For that reason, and because of the utter impartiality he has shown in the treatment of his men, he has been enabled to keep the department 11]) to the topmost notch in both discipline and efficiency, and, in consequence, has inspired his fellow citizens with the utmost confidence in the capabilities of his firefighting force. So high, indeed, has been the reputation of the Atlanta fire department for excellence and good work, that Chief Joyner has more than once been applied to by other cities to supply them with men of his training to serve as their fire chiefs, and none has ever had occasion to be disappointed in the man he has sent. The esteem in which Chief Joyner has always been held by his brother fire chiefs has been shown on three different occasions: In 1887. when lie served as president of the International Association of Eire Engineers, and in 1903 and 1904. when he was elected, twice in succession, to till the same honorable office. And now that Chief Joyner has reached the highest position in the gift of his fellow citizens—the goal to which he has looked forward for some time—while the firefighting community will lose him as an active member, it may be taken as certain that he will never be forgetful bf its claims when necessary. Its loss is Atlanta’s gain. and. in assuming the burden of the mayoraltv. he takes noon himself its grave responsibilities followed by the heartiest congratulations of his many friends, and not least those of EIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING, accompanied hv the best wishes for his success as Mayor of Atlanta.