The present number is the first of Volume Two of the JOURNAL. It has passed through the trials and tribulations of its early infancy, and reached that period when it stand upright and walk alone. It is established upon a permanent business basis; it is no longer an experiment, but an established enterprise, numbering its subscribers by thousands, and encouraged by a fair advertising patronage. To have attained such a degree of success in half a year is a nominal experience in the history of news papers, and we feel that we are entitled to general congratulation. That the JOURNAL has been so successful we do not to any special merit of our own, but simH’; to our rigid adherence to the policy p claimed at the outset for its guidance, viz. perfect independence in treating of Fire rnt tars, t respectable, dignified tone, artl an avoida nec of all peuniary ent anglement with rival manufacturers of fire Ve have not been, are not now, nor will ,v ever be, interested to the extent of one Ear in ;iny article going to makeup the ecin ment of a Fire Dp.trtment. Our profit lies in making a paper which shil command respect and support of the F’remen, and must, therefore, as a matter of business if for no other reason, keep it wholly ent. This we shall do in the future as w. have in the past.
garn we invite corresponaence upon nrc matters. Our columns are open to the dis. cussionof all subjects of interest to Firemen, and they will confrr a favàr upon us, and upon their fellow-laborers in the same field, by coromunkating the results of their prac tical experience in the Service. Ve permit the greatest latitude in this respect, simply prohibiting everything of a personal nature. We want facts and intelligent criticism, to the end that the Fire Service may be benefited and improved.