Issue 2 and Volume 11.

GREAT FIRES IN DECEMBER. WE make no apology for presenting the following record of large fires that occurred in December, which we clip from the Commercial Bulletin. That the Firemen are interested in these monthly records is proven by the numerous letters we receive regarding them, and the corrections that flow in when a place is charged with a greater loss than actually occurred. As regards its fire record, the year 1882 went out as it came in—with a heavy score to the discredit of our people as a care-taking nation. January was a fiery month to the amount of over $10,000,000, and December has compelled us to note another $10,000,000 and more destroyed in a single month. The lowest estimate we can make of the ravage of fire in this country and Canada during December puts the figure at $10,500,000, which would give $90,250,000 as the aggregate fire wastage…

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