Fires in Fuchau, Japan.

Issue 14 and Volume 1893 13.

Fires in Fuchau, Japan. Samuel L. Gracey, United States Consul at Fuchau, writes the following interesting letter: “The city of Fuchau, within and without the old-walled city, has a population of about 1,000,000 persons, including 10,000 who live on the river in sampans, junks, etc. The better houses are built of adobe brick and covered with ti_____es, which are generally sun-dried. The bricks are laid in cement composed of wet earth mixed with finely cut straw and occasionally a small quantity of lime being used. These receive an outside coating of plaster made in the same way, which, when dry, is given thick coats of whitewash. “ Most of the houses are built one story in height and are very poorly constructed. A framework of scantling being erected, all the interspaces are filled in with the clay and straw mixture above referred to. Boards a foot or so wide are…

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