VOLUNTEER FIREMEN.

VOLUNTEER FIREMEN.

DESTRUCTION OF ASHLAND BLOCK, WINNIPEG.

Says the Camden, N. J., Post-Telegram: “The volunteer firemen of Salem and several other cities who have decided to appeal to the local authorities for an annual allowance equal to the benefit formerly derived from tax exemption on $500 worth of property, are on the right tack. It is the young men who do active service in volunteer fire companies, and few of them possess $500 worth of taxable property. Selfinterest prompts the property owner to labor for the preservation of his own from fire destruction. In cities and boroughs where there are paid fire departments he does his share in the payment of taxes for its support. When the department is volunteer, not one in twenty of the large property owners bear any share of the cost of its operation either by labor or taxes. Let those who do the work be paid for it, and those who benefit by the protection afforded pay proportionately.”

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