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Messrs Merry weather, the fire-engin-eers, lately lost by retirement, one of their most valued servants, Mr Joseph Mason, who is 71 years of age, and has held for many years the position of chief fire Inspector to Merryweathers, and he leaves behind him a truly remarkable record. A representative of ''‘Lloyd’s” found Mi- Mason a splendid specimen of manhood, tall, well set up, and looking the picture of health. He told the representative that ho was born the year Queen Victoria ascended the throne. In 1851 he joined the Navy, and saw every naval action in the Crimea. He took part in the Baltic, Black Sea, and the China war, and obtained the Baltic, Crimean, China, and Turkish medals, and Sebastopol clasp. When a young man in the navy Mr Mason met with many adventures. ‘‘At Canton,” he said, ‘T saw> the captain of the H.M.S. Actaeon, who was the first to scale the walls, mount to a point of danger. I folwarn him, and, as I was about to warn him, a bullet laid him low almost in my arms. About ten years afterwards I met a man in Hyde Park, who turned out to be a friend

of the captain’s wife, to whom I just happened to mention the incident. Soon after I received a summons to the house of the captain’s wife, and after these long years I related to her the true story of her husband’s death, which was the first reliable account she received. “I have been in the .'Merryweathers’ service for 22 years, during which time I have attended 5621 fires, assisted in saving 300 lives, carried out 7000 fire drills, instructed over 500 ladies’ brigades, and inspected over 5000 buildings, “And in all those years of service on land and sea, the only injury I received was the loss of one of the fingers of my left hand at a London fire. I was present at all the great fires—Tooley street, Wood street, and Cripplegate.”

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A CRIMEAN HERO HAS ATTENDED 5621 LONDON FIRES., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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A CRIMEAN HERO HAS ATTENDED 5621 LONDON FIRES. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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