THE AUTOMOBILE NUISANCE.

THE AUTOMOBILE NUISANCE.

One of the probems that have arisen to vex fire departments and those whose duty it is to keep order at and near the scene of a fire alarm is the habit of automobilists to hasten to a fire in their machines as soon as it is known that a blaze is in progress. This menace is equally troublesome in large and small cities and towns, but is especially so in the smaller places, where police protection is inadequate to prevent the Blocking of the streets by civilian autoists, and also where usually the alarm is an audible one, enabling the fire-fans to arrive upon the scene as soon or perhaps before the town fire apparatus, and also before an effective police cordon can be established. But the same trouble, in possibly less degree, is present in large cities also, for, in an incredibly short space of time, before the fire lines can be established, almost invariably will be found the man in his machine who seems to be imbued with the idea that no fire can be successfully combatted by the local department without his presence. The remedy for this trouble is hard to foresee, for there is no doubt that as long as human nature is constituted as it is, there will always be an intense fascination in viewing a fire, and of course, if he owns an automobile, a man is going to use it in getting to the scene of the fire in the quickest possible time. Possibly, legislation might solve the problem, but there is a large margin of doubt.

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