THE LATE JOHN S. DAMRELL.
The following resolutions of regret for the death of former Chief John S. Damrell were passed at a recent meeting of the Fire Chiefs’ club of Massachusetts:
“Whereas: The last dread summons that is sure to come to all of us has been given and answered by our late fellow member Captain John S. Damrell, the honored upright citizen and exchief of the Boston fire department, and
“Whereas: For eighteen years he occupied the most prominent position in the lire service of any man in this country, his fame as the most successful firelighter and able executive officer not being circumscribed by the boundaries of this great country, having extended over the entire civilized world, and
“Whereas: He bad devoted his life, God-given gifts and best energies to the improvement of the lire service and those engaged therein, as chief of fire department, as the first president of the Intern: t onal Associ. ti n of t ire Engineers, and continuing in that position for many years after, as the first President and chief organiser of the Massachusetts State Firemen’* association, over the destinies of which he presided so ably for many years, as a charter member and honored vice-president of this club, as the able and fearless advocate of every measure designed for the benefit of the firemen that would tend to improve their condition and that of those dependent on them, giving freely of his means to the worthy in distress, and his time for the benefit of those with whom he was for so many years of his life a coworker, therefore, be it
“Resolved: That, in the death of Captain John S. Damrell the Fire Chiefs’ club of Massachusetts has lost a faithful and valued member, an able and wise counselor and faithful friend, one whose loss will be keenly felt by each and every member, the firemen of Massachusetts and the entire country, an earnest devoted friend and fearless advocate whose equal cannot soon, if ever be found, and the city of Boston, an honest, upright citizen :
“Resolved: That we extend our heartfelt sympathy to his bereaved family in this hour of their deep sorrow and affliction, and say to them that consolation can be found in the greeting that must have awaited him. Well done thou good and faithful servant, thy task is finished and the reward of the just awaits thee.
“Resolved: That these resolutions be spread upon our records and a copy suitably engrossed and sent to the family of otir late honored and beloved fellow member.
“H. E. MARSTON, President.
“WM. BROPHY, Secretary.”
The order of Acting Mayor Whelton, of Boston, granting the firemen five, instead of eight days off, will go into effect as soon as the new men are properly trained. Commissioner Wells objected to putting the order into effect at once, on the ground that it would seriously impair the efficiency of the department. He also held that the finances of the department would not warrant the increased expense of such a departure. Acting Mayor Whelton, however, stated that the money would be forthcoming, which removed this latter objection. The new order, it is estimated, will cost the city about $70,000 a year.