Issue 17 and Volume 5.

THE PREVENTION OF FIRES. It is encouraging to find an occasional journal of influence and importance discussing the question of fire prevention. As a rule they look on with indifference and see a hundred million of dollars’ worth of the nation’s property destroyed annually by fire without seeking to correct the evil by warning the people of the dangers by which they are surrounded. Every fire that occurs inflicts an injury upon every propertyholder and every taxpayer; the injury caused by a single fire is not appreciable, perhaps, but, in the aggregate, these fires inflict a burden upon every citizen. Every piece of property destroyed lessens by so much the tax-paying property of the country, and the deficiency disclosed by the taxgathers has to be made up by those other propertyoWners whose property has not been destroyed. The Scientific American, in a recent article with the above heading says that…

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