Issue 19 and Volume 4.

A PUBLIC QUESTION TOO MUCH NEGLECTED. [CONTRIBUTED PAPER.] It in a fact peculiar and worthy of thought, that while contemporaneous questions and questions of but recent existence have received a thorough sifting by the public mind, and have advanced almost to finalities, fire is but little more inquired into now by the great mass of humanity, as it should be, that is, as a social science, than it was twenty or thirty years ago. The same methods of subduing the effects of combustion are in use now as were then. With the introduction of the first Steam Fire Engine, the Fire Departments of the world were as well prepared to battle with fire as they are to-day. It is true that minor improvements have been made in the adjuncts and equipments of the Fire Service, and that better methods in the control of the manual force of Fire Departments is…

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