OUR PAPER

OUR PAPER

It is with considerable diffidence that the editors of the FIREMAN’S JOURNAL. enter upon the undertaking of providing for the Firemen of this country a weekly journal devoted to their interests exclusively. But we have been urged to embark in the enterprise by many veterans in the fire service, who, feeling the need of such a paper, and knowing that we have had much experience in fire matters and in writing thereon, have promised us their countenauco, sympathy and support. In these days, when it is the habit to proclaim all newspapers as “ organs ” of this or that political party or special business interest, we presumo the JOIJUNAL will be called the Fireman’s “ organ.” If by that it is meant that it will watch over the interests of the Firemen in all sections of tho country, and endeavor to keep them all informed of whatever occurs that is likely to bo of interest or advantage to them, then we shall cheerfully consent to bo termed an “ organ.” But if it shall be intended to convey the idea that tho JOURNAL is the tool of any clique or ring, for the promulgation of any particular ideas, or for the advancement of tho special aims of any person or set of persons, then we most indignantly repudiate the term, for the JoouNAL, will never he an “organ” in any such objectionable sense.

We commence the publication of the JOURNAL because we believe such a paper is needed, and that, with due diligence on our part, it can be made profitable to ourselves as well as to the Firemen of the country, to whom we hope to be of some service. While striving to furnish entertaining matter for their perusal, and gathering the news and gossip of the different departments into one common receptacle, that all may read of whut their neighbors are doing, we shall also discuss, from an independent standpoint, tho many weighty topics which are presented for the consideration of Firemen from time to time. Recognizing that the duties which they are called upon to discharge aro among the gravest and most important that fall to the lot of any citizen, calling for the exercise of a high degreo of intelligence, courage, skill, fortitude, perseverance and endurance, only to lie found among the highest types of manhood, it shall be our aim to cheer them on in their noble work; to excite them to honorable rivalry; to impress upon them tho bright examples of so many noble ones who havo traveled tho same path before them, and, to the extent of our ability, instruct them as to the best means of doing their work and bearing their burdens.

Another important part of our mission, as wo regard it, is that of addressing the general public in the interest of Firemen, and endeavoring to excite a bettor and more complete recognition of their services. We shall also address those in authority, by whose action the Firemen are provided with the ways and means for maintaining their organizations and performing the duties assigned to them. In those respects, with the co-operation and support of the Firemen themselves, we hope to accomplish some good in our way. With this foreshadowing of the course to be pursued by the JOURNAL, we launch our enterprise, asking for it that forbearance which is, by courtesy, accorded to a “ first appearance.”

OUR PAPER.

OUR PAPER.

It is with considerable diffidence that the editors of the FIREMAN’S JOURNAL enter upon the undertaking of providing for the Firemen of this country a weekly journal devoted to their interests exclusively. But we have been urged to embark in the enterprise by many veterans in the fire service, who, feeling the need of such a paper, and knowing that wo have had much experience in lire matters and in writing thereon, have promised us their countenance, sympathy and support. In those days, when it is tho habit to proclaim all j newspapers as “ organs ” of this or that

political Party or special bu~hwss inter~ ost, We presuuw the Jou i~ NAL will be eal 1e I the Fi rvtiiaii’s ` organ.” Tt by that it is mount that it will w~tli over the iiiterests of tin Firemen in all sections ot~ the (ulintry, and emleavor to keep thorn all informed of whatever oceur~ that is likely to be ut interest or adV,Lntu~,’ to them, then we shall cheer fully eunsout t~ Iw teruwd an “ Organ.” But i1~ it shall be jittentled to convey the idea that the Joui~.~r is the tool of any clique or ring, for the promulgu tiou of any particular ideas, or for tb’ advance ment of the special in~ of any person o~ set of persons, thou we ni&~:-~t indignant)y rel)uthnto the torni, for tlit’ Jornvill iiover be an organ” in any such objeetionablo sense.

vI~ Coniflience the puh1icati~ of the JOURNAL because we believe such a paper is needed, and that, with due diligence ■on our part, it can be made profitable to ourselves as well as to the Firemen of tho country, to whom wo hope to be of some service. While striving to furnish entertaining matter for their perusal, and gathering the nows and gossip of the different departments into one common receptacle, that all may read of what their neighbors aro doing, we shall also discuss, from an independent standpoint, the many weighty topics which aro presented for tho consideration of Firemen from time to time. Recognizing that the duties which they are called upon to discharge aro among the gravest and most important that fall to the lot of any citizen, calling for the exercise of a high degree of intelligence, courage, skill, fortitude, porseverance and endurance, only to he found among the highest types of manhood, it shall be our aim to cheer them on in their noblo work; to excite them to honorable rivalry ; to impress upon them tho bright examples of so many noble ones who have traveled the same path before them, and, to the I extent of our ability, instruct them as to the best means of doing their work | and hearing their burdens.

Another important part of our mission, as we regard it, is that of addressing the general public in the interest of Firemen, and endeavoring to excite a better and more complete recognition of their services. We shall also address those in authority, by whoso action the Firemen aro providod with the Avays and moans for maintaining their organizations and performing the duties assigned to them. In these respects, with the co-operutiou and support of

we hope to ; accomplish some good iu our way. With j this foreshadowing of the course to he pursued by the JOURNAL, we launch our enterprise, asking for it that forbearance which is, by courtesy, accorded to a “ first appearance.”