Truth in Season.
UNDER the above heading the New York Sun last week commented editorially on the New York Fire Department, paying a well deserved tribute to that magnificent orginization. The Sun said:
“One of the departments of the municipal government of this city, the business management and methods of which are constantly under public inspection, is the fire department. Do the conduct and the work of it meet with the approval of the community? Ask the fire and life insurance companies, the property owners, the mayor’s office, the two political parties, the citizens whose household effects it has saved, and the people at large, including those who have seen its engines on the fly, or its brave men at work on a conflagration. We occasionally see a company of the fire department sweep past the Sun office, upon duty bent; and there is not a spectacle more worthy of admiration to be seen in New York or anywhere else. After seeing the hre service of several American cities and of European cities, we say, without hesitation or qualification, that that of New York has not its equal in the world. A small company of English tourists who saw a company on its way to a down-town fire one day last week, agreed that it was the most inspiriting sight that they had seen in America. As the bareheaded, flannel-shirtcd giant, who guided the galloping horses attached to the engine-car, drove through the hardened snow banks that encumbered narrow and crooked Nassau street, one of the visitors exclaimed: ‘You couldn’t see such a sight as that in England;’ and all his companions gave their assent to the remark.
“The Fire Department of New York is a splendid institution, and it has a splendid body of men in its service. They are men who always stand ready to take every risk, or to lose their lives, in the performance of their duties. It was not a rare tragedy in the ranks which was described by the Sun’s reporters the other day. Weep for the brave who fall in this branch of the public service as well as for those who fall on the field of battle.”