St. Louis Firemen Ask for Increase.
A hill to increase the pay of the St. Louis, Mo., Fire Department members has been introduced in the municipal assembly. The firemen are asking for an annual increase in the pay roll of the department of about $135,000. There are 980 members, and the pay roll is now over $800,000. The raises contemplated by the measure range from 15 per cent, for the men to 25 per cent, for the chief. The movement has been approved by Chief Swingley, and the firemen have quietly compaigned among members of the council and house of delegates, and obtained the support of a number of members of both bodies. The committee went before the assembly with carefully prepared data and arguments to show why the firemen deserve a substantial increase. One argument was the increased cost of living, and another the fact that St. Louis firemen are paid less than the firemen of every city the size of St. Louis in the United States, and less than many smaller cities pay their fire fighters. The petition sets forth the St. Louis firemen work 6,195 hours out of 8.760 hours each year, while the average number of hours of work for other city employes, including policemen, is 2,288. In St. Louis the privates receive $1,140 a year. Ten other cities are cited in which the pay is better, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston. Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Jersey City, Newark, Seattle and Cleveland. In most of these cities the pay of the lieutenants, captains and district chiefs is higher than in St. Louis. St. Louis pays its fire chief $1,000. In New York the chief gets $10.000: in Chicago, $8,000; in San Francisco, $5,000; in Cincinnati, $6,000; in Philadelphia, $4,500, and in Boston, Newark, Cleveland, Pittsburg and Detroit, $4,000. The bill proposes the following increases: Privates, from $95 to $109.25 a month; engineers, from $1,320 to $1,518 a year; lieutenants, from $105 to $120.75 a month; captains, from $115 to $132.35 a month; assistant chiefs, from $2,000 to $2,400 a year; first assistant chief, from $2,100 to $2,500 a year; chief, from $4,000 fo $5,000 a year.