Issue 2 and Volume 9.

THE FIRE LOSSES OF 1881. The losses by fire last year were numerous and disastrous. While the large cities contributed their usual proportion, the year was notable for the many extensive conflagrations that occurred in villages and small places. Usually such places consist mainly of frame buildings, are not extravagantly supplied with fire extinguishing apparatus, and, when a fire once gets well started under favorable conditions, it is liable to inflict serious damage. Our readers will recall numerous instances that occurred during the past year where half a village or more was destroyed by fire. As insurance companies were the principal losers by these conflagrations, the result has been that very few of them made any money during the year, while in the aggregate their business was done at a loss. However, we do not know that any-one sympathizes with them particularly, for they have been running such a competition…

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