At the test of the new tower in New York city on Thursday last it proved its efficiency on all important points, and it was ordered to be placed in commission. There was a large number of interested people present, who freely criticised the apparatus and its workings, and they were gen erally of the opinion that it was a finely con structed and great firefighter, easy of operation.

CHIEF E. F. DAHILL. New Bedford, Mass.J. J. CASHMAN, JR. Captain Fire Patrol. Brooklyn. N. Y.


Under the above caption the Baltimore American thus criticises the action of the mayor of that city in removing George W. Gail, jr., from the presidency of the board of fire commissioners: While little fault will be found with the majority of Mayor Mahool’s appointment, he must expect severe and well-founded criticism for his removal of Mr. George W. Gail, jr., from the presidency of the fire board. Mr. Gail was an ideal commissioner, who loved the department and labored incessantly for its betterment. He was not a politician, and allowed no question of party affiliation to enter into any of its decisions. To him a good fireman was a good fireman, be lie Democrat or Republican, and got his promotion accordingly. On the other hand, he would never allow political pull to save a bad member of the department from the punishment he deserved. Though appointed as a Democrat, Mr. Gail would not allow the politicians of that party to have any influence with him, when he felt that such influence would do harm to the service. Under Mr Gail’s presidency the department has been wonderfully improved, and there is not a member of it who will not regret his summary removal. An evidence of the men’s esteem for him was given last January, when he was presented with a handsome loving cup as a token of appreciation of his generosity. This generosity was shown by his voluntary surrender of his salary for four years to cover increases of pay for members of the department for which the city council and the board of estimates declined to make provision. The removal of such a man was an inexcusable blunder. Baltimore wants its fire department kept out of politics, and this work Mr. Gail has been doing. His dismissal, without even a word of recognition for the magnificent service lie had rendered to the city, looks like an invitation to Democratic politicians to come ana get what they want.

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