The present number of the JOURNAL brings its first volume to a close, marking the successful termination of the first half-year of its existence. It can scarcely be considered out of place if we embrace this occasion to say a few words regarding ourselves. We undertook the publication of a paper devoted exclusively to the interests of Firemen in the face of much discouragement, for we were assured the Firemen would not support us; that other enterprises of a similar character had failed; and that we could not possibly survive six months. The wrecks of ” Firemen’s papers ” were pointed out to us, and we were advised to be warned in time. We had an idea, however, that no such journal as we had in our mind’s eye had ever been attempted, and confidently believed that the Firemen of the country would support a dignified, respectable paper, conducted upon a thoroughly independent basis and solely in their best interests. That we were not disappointed in this, our large subscription list bears witness, as do also the flattering compliments paid the JOURNAL by the leading fire authorities of the country—as shown in our advertisement—and the kind words of welcome extended to us by the press generally. Another evidence that such a paper was wanted is to be found in the fact that the JOURNAL’S articles are widely copied by other papers, especially those which are devoted to the insurance interest—an interest more closely allied to the Fire Service than any other, and which better appreciates its needs and requirements. The JOURNAL encountered several serious drawbacks during the first few weeks of its existence, losing one partner by death and another by his own act, necessitating new business arrangements. Yet, in spite of all, the JOURNAL prospered, making substantial improvement from tinie to time, until now we challenge any one to produce a paper of similar charac ter which excels it in the neatness of its mechanical appearance. Its typography, presswork, binding, and general appearance are universally commended, and it bears upon its face the impress of a successful enterprise.
So much for what has been accomplished in six months, now a word for the future. It is our ambition to give the Firemen a weekly paper which, for size, variety and general interest, shall not be equalled by any class paper printed in this country. We desire, if possible, to double the number of the pages of the JOURNAL before the end of the year, and to give every week illustrations of various matters and things connected with the Fire Service, as well as portraits of the prominent men identified therewith. To do this, our subscription list must be increased; our 5,000 subscribers should become 25,000. There is no reason why this should not come about, for the Firemen of the country are numbered by the hundred thousand, and if those only who are the most active and energetic should take the JOURNAL, our hopes would be realized. If every such person, including those who have written us such kindly words of encouragement, would exert themselves to obtain each an additional subscriber, we would speedily have a list second to no other class paper published. The success of the JOURNAL having been thus assured in the first six months, its further improvement and enlargement is a matter resting with the Firemen themselves. We are ambitious to excel, and only need their substantial support to give them a paper of which they shall have reason to be proud. The permanency of the JOURNAL is an assured fact; its enlargement and improvement are matters for the future, dependent alone upon an increased volume of business. That we shall have this we do not doubt, but the sooner it comes the better will it be tor all interested in its welfare, which, we believe, includes all who are familiar with it.