THE CLYDE FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Outside of the metropolis and the greater cities of New York State, there are many efficient, though little known volunteer fire departments. Among these is that of Clyde, a small town of some 3,000 inhabitants with a fire-area under one mile in extent. Its fire department consists of some eighty or more volunteers, who, in time of need, have amply proved that they have a good reason for existing. They are men of push and energy, devoted to their work and filled with ambition to excel. This spirit they carry with them into whatever they undertake, as was recently proved by the exertions which they put forth to make the convention recently held there the grand success that it was. Such a body of men is a credit to the fire-service.
The Joliet, Ill., fire department had no turnout on the Fourth of July. Such a thing was never known before.