Reading, Pa., Paid Department Proposisition

Reading, Pa., Paid Department Proposisition

Tuesday, June 23, will determine whether Reading, Pa., will have a . paid fire department or retain its present volunteer system. A call to arms to defend their organization has been issued to the volunteer firemen by the members of the Citizens’ Committee. They urge firemen to declare the afternoon of June 23 a holiday, when a referendum election will decide whether a paid department shall be substituted, and to get out the votes to retain the present system. They appointed a pollman for each ward, for the larger and more scattered districts two were named, and instructed them in their duties; they made up a schedule of mass meetings to be held on the street corners and arranged for addresses by some of the brilliant orators of the city. Thirteen open air mass meetings have been arranged. The opening guns of battle to be waged for a full week immediately previous to the election day were fired simultaneously in two sections of the city.

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