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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, March 26, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 2

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toon system would mean the addition
of 425 men to the present strength,
an added yearly expense of $414,
045.50. This is not necessary, in the opin
ion of union firemen, but theyjoint
out that'if this would be done it would
leave nine men in every department
every second of the day. At present
there are most often not this many
men onduty, because the "offs" can
not be so arranged.
"Even if this be true," says the
Firemen's ass'n, "remember that at
present Chicago firemen are covering
twice the area of the city of New
ork with one-third as many men and
are attending a far greater number
of fires. In point of number of men
and quantity of equipment, Chicago
has proportionately the weakest of all
big city departments. In fighting
ability and amount of work they
stand first.
"Assuming that the fire marshal is
correct in saying the new system
would need 425 more men, the de
partment should have the men right
now. Even then it would not have
proportionately as many men as oth
er big cities. Anyway, the expendi
ture of $414,000 more a year would
be a good investment to get tle best
and most efficient fier fighting force
that can be had."
The firemen of the association re
sent the slur cast by Chief Seyfer
lich, who is reported to have said that
its members are mentally, morally
and physically .weaker than those of
the Helmet club, who are opposing
the new system. B
"If this be true, then it is only a
miracle that has saved Chicago from
burning to the ground,' says a state
ment of the association, "for always
it least two-thirds of the department
have been members of this associa
Jon. The Helmet club has but 247
aiembers, about half of those who are
lot members of our association."
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Vincent Picotesk, 115 E. 117th, sui
;ide. Rope. Reason unknown.
THE POOR BOYS WILL BENEFIT
THROUGH THIS NEW IDEA
The first Public Defenders' league
organized in the United States will
hold a meeting in the Otis building
Saturday.
The league is composed of a num
ber of lawyers who have agreed to
devote a portion of their time de
fending .boys in the boys- court who
are not able to hire the services of
a lawyer.
Judge Dolan, who presides over the
court, said: "It has frequently been
stated that the poor do not secure
justice because they cannot hire law
yers to properly present their cases
to the court. With this in mind I
approached several well-known law
yers and found twenty up to date who
very willingly offered their services
without pay to these 'boys. Each one
of them will spend one day in the
court."
U. S. SUBMARINE MISSING WITH
TWENTY-SIX ABOARD
Honolulu, March 26. Apprehen
sion for safety of 26 men on U. S.
submarine F-4, which submerged
early yesterday morning and has not
yet been found, grew after an all
night scouring of the seas by naval
rescue vessels. Feared the men
aboard the missing submarine have
lost their lives.
Rear Admiral Charles B. Moore,
commanding Honolulu naval station,
at midnight ordered every available
vessel out for search.
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MYSTERY IN HUSTON SUIT
Deep mystery surrounds a $10,000
suit for alleged slander which was
filed in the circuit court yesterday by
Antonio Wakefield against Sanford
Huston.
Wakefield's attorney yesterday
stated that Huston had been talking
too much, but about what he refused
to say.
Huston denies knowledge of the
suit and Wakefield could not be
reached today.
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