On this day Newport's firemen had their bluff called by the Town Council and effectively sacked themselves. Two months previous they had complained about the proposed pay rises and had threatened to resign on 18 February unless their demands were met.
The Councillors called their bluff and recruited a new set of firemen who instantly took over where the others left off. As the Newport Volunteer Fire Brigade, these new firemen were willing to work without any pay whatsoever.
Sadly Captain Osborne, who wasn't a party to the pay dispute, was inadvertently displaced when the Council allowed the new firemen to vote for a captain and they appointed Joseph Percy Shepard. As Osborne was not needed he was asked to leave.