Issue 22 and Volume 4.

TOPICS OF THE DAY. A LETTER received by us from Dallas, Texas, says that Secretary Hills, of the National Association, has been quite sick with malarial fever for some time. His many friends will wish him a speedy and complete recovery. WE print elsewhere an article from the Herald, on Fire Escapes, which shows that the editor of that paper is aware that the building laws are not properly enforced in this city. Wry does not that paper lend its influence to effect a change that will remedy the evil complained of ? THERE was a $200,000 fire at Hunters Point, Brooklyn, a few nights ago. The fire record for the year is looming up in proportions that the insurance companies contemplate with anything but satisfaction. Their account w.th profit and loss for 1879 will be mostly on the loss side of the ledger. IF New York had possessed as…

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