PASSING OF THE VOLUNTEER FIREMAN..
Although the comic weeklies rate him among the seven original jokes, regarding him as a fit subject for paragraphers and caricaturists, the volunteer fireman is entitled to respect, and even to admiration. Maybe, he is employed all day and well into the shank of the evening in the village grocery, and goes home tired, nursing the hope of a sound, dreamless and restful sleep. At 1 a. m. Zeke Thompson’s hennery takes fire, and F.ver Ready Engine company No. 2 makes a violent demand upon his services. His life is at the best one of uncertain leisure. The district he serves 364 days in the year, and which assembles its entire population on the 365th to admire and exalt him, the occasion being his annual parade, is generally more wooden than brick, and is, consequently, liable at any moment to put his courage and endurance to the test. And, to be candid, he gives his assistance in most instances with as much efficiency as can be expected from one who is not a professional firefighter, and whose apparatus is seldom as complete as it ought to be.—Brooklyn Eagle.