word "meow", commonly referred to in connection with the
common house cat, has had a somewhat irritating twang to a certain
Dubuque fireman during the past three days. In fact it appears as
though this certain fireman may have "meow" affixed to him
as a nickname, but not without protest, however.
Early during the present week, firemen were called to the Euqubud
cafe and later during the same day to the Katz meat market, both located
on Main near 6th st. At the Euqubud the fireman in question, observed
that a pet cat had been almost overcome by leaking amonia gas fumes
and a quick rescue of the pet was effected while other firefighters
were shutting off the amonia supply. Later in the day, at the Katz
market, the same fireman assumed the task of rescuing a large mother
Persian cat and her four kittens from the building where amonia had
also been leaking. For both rescues, owners were thankful. But unappreciating
fellow firemen, showing an utter lack of affectation for pets and
the finer things of life have been since catcalling at the pet rescuer
with "meows", causing great discomforture to the said fireman.
But it's been all in fun (until, someone gets killed), and Truckman
Fred Wieneke, generally recognized as one of the hardest working firemen
on the force and a real all-around hustler, is living in hopes and
awaiting his turn of having something similar on one of his mates
at a future date. And the odds are saying that he will.