THE RIGHT TO MEET SOCIALLY AND VISIT OTHER LOCALITIES.
In quite a number of cities in the United States the firemen are denied the right to visit their brother firemen in other localities. This is wrong, we think. They follow their various avocations, liable to be called away at any time, when there is an alarm of fire, for the discharge of their duty as firemen, and they are only subject to the control of the city government when in the actual discharge of their duty. The military organization is the same, in respect to the duty which they have to perform; and how absurd it would be to make regulations that would preclude the interchange of hospitalities and intercourse with similar organizations in other places, and to withhold the property of the state from use for such a purpose! It is conceded that, at times, evils have grown out of this custom of parading and visiting. But have not these evils been confined to a few causes, and to small numbers? Has not the good resulting from such customs been paramount to the evil? We should judge most surely it had; and for this reason, most of the members of the department are men of laborious calling, of industrious habits, with few means of recreation; and the social visiting to a neighboring city, as they are not able often to get out of the treadmill life to which their employment may be compared, gives a new impetus to their life. Such excursions as firemen provide for themselves, and their interchange with others, give new ideas and new associations; and often, after their return from a trip, the burdens of life seem lessened, and its purposes and objects enlarged. Then, again, anticipation of other reunions in the future lends a zest to their otherwise dull and monotonous routine of occupation.
|publisher = J. French and Company
|publication-place = Boston
|title = The fireman
|url = https://openlibrary.org/books/OL7002264M/The_fireman
|author = David D. Dana
|publication-date = 1858
|oclc = 1152778