Geo[rge] G. Mackenzie
[Robert Underwood] Johnson
trespassers would be inconsiderable, and fires would be detected while incipient. In nearly all cases fires of magnitude arise just because no one takes the trouble to quench them while small. They don’t burst out in an ungovernable extent all at once. Occasionally a fire might occur too much for one or two men to suppress. Then help would have to come from the other districts. But, as the patrolmen would have time to spare, they could by degrees run numerous “fire-lines” that would check the spread of flames and make the work of suppressing fire comparatively easy. “Five lines” are merely strips, like roads or trails, from which the vegetation is stripped. With a little exercise of judgment, the Park could be by degrees well furnished with such “fire-lines”. Of course, figuring on the basis of say 8 men, the results of the work would not be showy. But I recognize that the question of appropriations must be met. I estimate the cost of the service about as follows, the pay for men being as low as will obtain and keep good service — about too low. 8 men @ $75 per month – 6 months – 3,600.— Officer’s pay, by the year, 1,500.— 10 saddle horses 750.— 2 Pack “ 150.— 2 Wagon “ 200.— Wagon, saddles, harness, tools, &c. 750.— Feed for horses (much of the time the horses would live on the meadow grass, and do well.) 800.- $7,750.— Contingencies — say 500 $8,250
1891 Feb 4
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