Issue 6 and Volume 1893 13.

THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS. The eighteenth annual report of the Underwriters Fire Patrol of San Francisco, Cal., is in our hands, thanks to Russell White, superintendent thereof. His report goes to show that the horses, wagons, and all the apparatus, are in good condition. There was a decrease in covers used, in comparison with last year, which he attributes to the merit of the chemical engines. During the year 1892 the patrol answered 476 alarms. The losses on buildings were $333,651, and the losses on contents $764,505.84. mostly covered by insurance The financial condition of the patrol is on a sound footing. The Board of Aldermen of St. Paul has passed an ordinance granting the fire department the right of way on streets, and provides for systems of switches and cut-out of electric currents during fires. Chief O’Connor’s report of the New Orleans department is at hand. The lorce is made…

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