WOMEN FIREFIGHTERS AT ROSA PARK.
Rosa Park, a suburb of St. Louis, Mo., has a volunteer fire brigade composed of women, that practises every week. These Amazons, finding that fires were as likely to break out when the men of the community were absent at business, and seeing that the nearest fire station was more than a mile distant, determined to become firefighters on their own account, and at once set to work to form a fire brigade. The prime movers in the scheme were Mrs. Louis H. Claes and Mrs. Charles J. Wirtel, whose husbands are respectively chief and assistant chief of the men’s volunteer fire brigade. They have secured a hose reel, with 800 ft. of hose, and have weekly practice drills at which the members run with the reel to the nearest fire hydrant and then attach and stretch the hose, which they claim they now can do as quicklv as the men. They will, of course, be under the jurisdiction of Chief Claes, but those who, in case of fire, will lead the brigade in the absence of the sterner sex will be the following: Mrs Charles J. Wirtel; Mrs. H. L. Claes; Mrs. R H. Graham; Mrs. Henry Fortel; Mrs. William Gelert; Mrs. Nally, and Mrs. Anna Stauffenhiel. But what will they do, if a mouse suddenly appears in their midst when they are on duty?