The Massachusetts Two-Platoon Bill
By a vote of 72 yeas to 66 nays, with no arguments, the Massachusetts Legislature, on April 13, ordered to third reading the two-platoon bill, which provides for a referendum vote in cities of 50,000 inhabitants and over. Boston sent to the Legislature a protest, and the attorneys of the firemen who petitioned for it, sent a reply to the Boston protest. Most newspapers of the cities which will be affected by the bill, including Boston, are nearly all opposing the bill. The same newspapers in 1912 favored the referendum bill for one day off in five, which thirty of the thirty-three cities of the State accepted, and last year they favored the bill exempting call firemen front a civil service examination to enter the paid force, which all the cities, by a large majority vote, accepted.