San Antonio Department

San Antonio Department

On July 2 the law enforcing fifteen-day vacations for firemen in cities of more than 30,000 inhabitants in the State of Texas, because effective. “According to statistics,” said Chief W. P. Bishop, of San Antonio, “there are 149 men on the force. The law provides that not more than fourteen men shall he off the force at one time. At this rate,” said the chief, “all the men would get their annual vacations by the Christmas holidays. If the men do not get their vacations by that time,” he added, “then it will be necessary for them to take them just after the holidays. The chances for fire are so much greater when the stores are filled with goods, and the homes have so much loose paper around by reason of the unpacking of goods, that we regard it as necessary that we have the entire force at work then.”

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