This is a Good Objection.
The use of the word “fireman” to denote two or three callings quite distinct one from the other, says our London namesake, is at times a little confusing. Only this month we have received reports of two different “ firemen ” being severely punished for illtreating their better halves, but on going further into the report we gather—from inference only— that they were ship’s firemen. A paper on “Our Firemen,’ read at the Institute of Marine Engineers, on October 10th, referred, too, to firemen of this class. We also received a long account of the “ Wigan and District Firemen’s Association,” which naturally set us wondering when this hitherto unheard-of association commenced its existence. Mere again we found the word “ fireman ” to have a different application, referring to a sort of mine inspector whose duty it is to descend the shaft before and after the miners and see that everything is safe. A very worthy class of men doubtless they are, but these various uses of the word “ fireman ” make it difficult to discern which class is indicated.