Issue 4 and Volume 1888 3.

TOPICS OF THE DAY. A BILL has been introduced in the New York legislature making every railroad corporation legally responsible for any damages caused by fire “ communicated directly or indirectly by its locomotive engines.” It should most certainly become a law. There is no earthly reason why the companies should not be forced to put spark arresters on their engines, and entirely too much property is being burned yearly from neglect to do so. AT Pittsburgh, the other day, a fire alarm box, when it was wanted, and wanted very badly, was found to be out of order. Considerable delay ensued and, by the time the engines finally reached the burning building, the flames had run up the ever-waiting elevator shaft and were bursting through every window of the structure. There was pretty nearly $100,000 loss. It is said that the box was burned out some time ago by…

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