PAID DEPARTMENT AT CORDELE.
Cordele, Ga., now has a paid fire department, which within a very short time after its being established did good work enough at one fire to warrant its existence. Instead of having onlytwo men on duty at all times, there are now three fully paid firemen. These live at fire headquarters. Some of the five partially paid volunteers also sleep at headquarters every night, so that there are always enough of men on hand to go out with the hose wagon, which is drawn by a team of two horses, weighing 2,800 lbs. These cover the distance to a lire in very quick time, even if the blaze is a mile distant. At the one lire already already alluded to, although the full complement of men had not yet taken up their quarters in the station, those who were nearest drove half a mile to the place where the fire was and put the flames out with a loss of $200. Under the former conditions of the old hand-hauled hose reels, at least $2,000 loss would have re ulted. Thus at the very beginning, under the new order of things, the whole cost of starting the paid denartment was repaid. Additions and improvements to the department will he made.