A meeting of the Cincinnati Board of Police Commissioners was held on the 25lh ult., to consider the question of salaries paid to members of the Fire Department for the year 1878. It appears that tho maximum allowod by law for the tax levy for that city is twelve mills on tho dollar, and in order to mako tho Firo Department fund hold out, it was nocessary either to reduce salaries of the members, or disband some of the companies. Tho Fire Department fund for 1878 stands us follows:
The Commissioners expressed groat reluctanco to mako tho reduction nocessary to mako this fund hold out, and in submitting to the inevitable, paid a deserved tribute to the efficiency of the department. Chief Megrue was present at the meeting, and stated that while, for tho sako of the faithful and deserving men of tho force, he regretted that a reduction was necessary, yet he recognized that the interests of the taxpayers and of the city made the exercise of the most rigid economy necessary, and he believed the firemen of tho city would, as good citizens, cheerfully acquiesce in whatever was deemed for the welfare of all. The following table shows the number of men employed in the department, the rate of pay heretofore received, and the proposed rate for 1878:
The new schedule went into effect on the 1st of the present month.