Issue 26 and Volume 1884 14.

TOPICS OF THE DAY. THE extreme cold snap that set in on Friday night last, extending pretty much over the entire country, tended to make fires more numerous, which was wholly unnecessary. Heating apparatus was run to its full capacity to keep out the cold from dwellings, factories and business offices, and in many instances the capacity was exceeded and a fire was the result. The amount of carelessness that characterizes the arrangement of heating appliances is only exceeded by that which seems to be inherent in all jobs of plumbing. Frozen water pipes and hydrants helped on the work of destruction, and insurance companies will pay the bills. THE effect of the blizzard that has swept the entire country during the past few days has been to considerably increase the December quota of fire losses. In New York city alone, during seventeen hours of the coldest weather, twenty-eight fires…

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