Issue 16 and Volume 8.

TOPICS OF THE DAY THIS week a Brooklyn grand jury brought in indictments for arson against Perkins and Connelly, two tough citizens, who are accused of having started half a dozen fires in that city in one night. There is, therefore, some chance that they may be punished. The wires also bring tidings from Homer, L.a, of the lynching of one Wooten, who had confessed to burning a dwelling house. It is now about time that the New York authorities secured a conviction or two—for a novel change. IF we may believe German journals brick and terra-cotta are no longer to stand alone as the best fire-resisting building materials. A new hotel, which has just been put up at Hamburg, is described as being built entirely of blocks of compressed wood as hard as iron and by subjection to certain chemical processes rendered absolutely proof against both fire and the…

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