Firemen in all parts of the country are agitating increase of salaries, owing to the greater cost of living. Strikes are threatened in Pittsburgh, Scranton, Davenport, Iowa, and other places, unless their demands are complied with at once. This condition is quite natural, when prices for all commodities are generally double those charged two or three years ago. The firemen are not able to procure larger incomes by greater personal effort, as might be the case were they otherwise employed, therefore it becomes necessary that their remuneration be increased to enable them to support their families without incurring forced deprivation of the actual necessaries of life. In communities where the firemen’s salaries have not been raised to meet these conditions the sooner the municipal authorities take hold of the matter the better for all concerned. It is difficult to procure good men now and to lose those in the departments who are skilled in their profession, by resignation to accept better positions, would be very unwise on the part of those responsible for the efficiency of the fire service.