Issue 11 and Volume 17.

TOPICS OF THE DAY. FORTY-SIX skating rinks have burned in the past fourteen months, according to The Insurance Monitor, and nearly all of these hazardous structures were insured for greater or less amounts and insurance capital was encroached upon in order to make good their worthless loss—a paradox in which there is more truth than poetry. THE Boston Board of Aldermen have confirmed Mayor O’Brien’s appointment of Robert G. Fitch to be fire commissioner for a term of three years from the first Monday in May next. Mr. Fitch is well known among the journalists of the Bay State, and was formerly connected with The Springfield Republican, and of late editor of The Boston Post. He will succeed Commissioner Longley. He is known as a conscientious worker, and it is claimed that Boston will find in him a man who will devote his marked ability to the welfare of its…

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