WHEREAS, destructive fires will claim more lives and destroy greater values in natural and created resources during 1947 than ever before; and

WHEREAS, it is deemed incumbent upon all citizens and duly constituted authorities to participate earnestly and with constant vigilance and precaution in an uncompromising fight against fire and its causes, leaving nothing undone to accomplish this objective; and

WHEREAS, the week of October 5th to 11th inclusive has been set aside for special observance of fire safety in an effort to reduce the Nation's staggering and needless fire loss;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby designate and proclaim the week of October 5th to 11th inclusive as


and urge that every man, woman and child assume his individual responsibility in this emergency in order that lives and property in our Nation may be conserved. I further urge that wholehearted cooperation of public authorities, civic bodies, educators, clergymen, the press and the radio, be given to emphasize the grave menace and costly consequences of uncontrolled fire in the home, on the farm, and in business, and the dangers inherent in every fire to the persons of our firemen and others.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, Walter W. Bacon, Governor

of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my

hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State

to be hereunto affixed, at Dover, this twenty-

(GREAT SEAL) seventh day of September in the year of our Lord

one thousand nine hundred and forty-seven and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-second.

By the Governor:


WILLIAM J. STOREY, Secretary of State.