Taxpayers Defeat Fire Protection Act
Tiverton, R. I., a small town located near Fall River, Mass., has had several large fires and no fire protection. Fall River sent apparatus to Tiverton fires until that town refused to pay for the service it rendered, and it then refused further assistance. Another fire occurred there a few months ago and Fall River refused its call for aid, and Newport, R. I., was then called on and responded. Some of the Tiverton people endeavored to have fire protection of some sort provided and went to the State Legislature for an act enabling the town to issue $35,000 bonds for the installation of a water system which was granted. At a meeting of the taxpayers on Tuesday they refused to accept that act and will continue to depend on Newport and other places for its fire protection.