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The Evening Herald. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1867.

The first annual meeting of the Wanganui Fire Brigade was held last night. What has been done with regard to it in the past year ? Absolutely nothing. The Insurance Companies, it appears, through their agents, had promised £100. provided a similar sum was subscribed by the inhabitants. The money was raised by subscription ; but upon applying to the agents of "the different companies, the answer from all was—they had no authority to pay this without applying to the head office. We are not aware if this course was pursued or not, at any rate there is no money yet forthcoming. If the managers of the Insurance Companies are so indifferent to the interests of their shareholders, as not to care whether there-is an engine or not, it is no reason why we should be equally so. It is trae that the companies- would have to pay the principal part of the damage in the event of a fire taking place, but they would not pay us for the inconvenience of having our houses burnt clown, and our business stopped whi c bui'ding them up again. For the credit of the town let the managers of the Fire Brigade make one more appeal to their fellow-townspeople, and save us from tlite risk we are at present run ning, of-being pointed at as the only town in New Zealand, the inhabitants of which

were too indolent, or too mean .to provide themselves with the means of preventing their town from being burnt to the'ground. These remarks would naturally be made by the inhabitants of other towns, What could we say in reply ? We again appeal to every person owning property in the town "who have not already done so, to come forward and get us out of this disgraceful position.

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The Evening Herald. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1867., Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 9, 12 June 1867

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The Evening Herald. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 1867. Wanganui Herald, Volume I, Issue 9, 12 June 1867

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