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[476] There should be no lounging-rooms and no public suppers furnished them; but all the motives should be so arranged, that each fireman would hear the alarm-bell only with sorrow. A department thus organized would bear just proportion to the vast interests at stake; it would be the cheapest in the end; and it would allow every citizen to go to rest at night without troublesome suspicions.

If each town should resolve itself into a mutual fire-insurance company, and make each building pay annually its proportionate premium towards a cumulative fund, it might secure that general and positive interest in the fire-department which it so much needs.

We have great pleasure in learning that the fire-department of Medford is furnished with officers of reliable character, of good judgment, and prompt energy; and with firemen who have in times past done honor to themselves; who will, in times to come, show themselves equal to the severest emergencies, and continue to deserve the grateful esteem of their fellow-citizens.

Expenses of the fire-department, from Feb. 15, 1854, to Feb. 15, 1855, $2,046.04.

The engines in use at the present time are:--

Names.Places.When bought.Builders.Cost.
Governor Brooks, No. 1Union St.March, 1840Hunneman & Co.$1007
General Jackson, No. 2High St.-----, 1845Hunneman & Co.800
Washington, No. 3Park St.May 31, 1850Hunneman & Co.1100

The number of men attached to each engine averages about forty-five. The salary of each officer and fireman per annum is six dollars, and poll-tax refunded. The hook-and-ladder apparatus has twenty-five men attached to it.

March 7, 1847: The town voted to pay each fireman five dollars per annum.

During 1854, the department was called out nine times to fires in town; the loss of property estimated at $17,500.


The strong tendency among us for consociated action makes it easy to form societies for special objects. Medford has its

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