NO POLITICS IN AUGUSTA FIRE DEPARTMENT.
The politicians of Augusta, Ga., have not by any means had it all their own way, so far as changing the personnel of the fire department is concerned. The city council has not removed a single member, so that for another year the citizens can rest quiet and contented in the knowledge that the department will continue to be administered by the same officers, and that the rank and file will not contain any admixture of green hands. It was thought some time ago that there was a probability of Chief F. G. Reynolds being removed from his position in favor of some one else. If such an idea ever had any real foundation, there was no sign of it at the council meeting, as he was unanimously re-elected, as were Assistant Chief George C. Schaufelc and the other officers, together with the privates. The result has giveti complete satisfaction, as well to the members of the tire department as to the citizens, and the example set by Augusta may well be followed by other cities. There should have been no question as to the re-election of Chief Reynolds. He has served the city well and faithfully for a long term of years and has never yet proved himself lacking either in intelligence or skill. He is a fire chief of which any city might !>e proud—one who keeps himself up to the mark by persistent study of everything that pertains directly or indirectly to the subject of fire protection and by attendance at such conventions as hear upon matters concerning the fire service. He is a thorough disciplinarian, a skilful trainer of his men and is always on hand when duty calls. The records of the department in migusta speak for themselves and fully answer whatever objections (if any) have ever been urged against Chief Reynolds as a firefighter. His unanimous reelection to his responsible position bears witness to the truth of these statements. Under these conditions it would seem advisable to make his ap pointment (and those of all in the department for that matter) permanent. Augusta will profit, as other places have profited by such a common -sense and equitable arrangement.