Issue 6 and Volume 1885 16.

THE JULY FIRE LOSSES. THE manner in which the fire losses in this country are increasing year by year and month by month is well calculated to startle even the most casual observer. The losses for July just passed are put down at $9,000,000, which is an increase of over $2,000,000 over the average losses of July during the preceding ten years. This is an astounding exhibit, but the worst of it is, it is kept up continuously, so that the yearly increase is proportionate to the monthly increase. We have repeatedly shown, by analyzing the causes of fires, that a very large majority of them are due to carelessness, or causes easily preventable by the exercise of ordinary prudence and foresight. It is an expensive luxury, this national carelessness, resulting in adding largely to the taxation or cost of living of every man, woman or child in the country.…

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