(I think JOB may be winding up the Moran saga, but maybe this could be inserted into an earlier place in the sequence)
Mayor Robert Moran took command from acting Fire Chief James Murphy (ironically, Chief Josiah Collins was at a fire-fighting convention in San Francisco), who was reportedly “distraught”.
“Like carrying coals to Newcastle,”
said Mayor Moran, hearing that Chief
Collins had handed the conn to his vassal,
James Murphy, before traveling lief
To San Francisco for a fire-fighting
Convention. Grabbing a cigar and biting
The end, he then paused, lit match in hand.
“Get me Murphy,” he growled; then fanned
The flame to smoke. It should be so easy,
He thought, then roared: “Never mind!
I’ll go myself!” and left his hat behind.
Murphy was at his desk, looking queasy,
When the mayor arrived. “Out of the chair!”
Barked Moran. Met with a blank stare.