Issue 25 and Volume 20.

HIGH BUILDINGS. BEFORE any legislative enactments restricting the height of buildings are passed by the State legislature, it would be well for all concerned to make themselves acquainted with at least some of the dangers connected with such structures. Leaving those concerning health and stability to the departments to which these branches belong, we would simply quote a few of the opinions of fire chiefs as to the perils inuring to, and threatening the public, if some limit is not put to the height of such buildings. Chief Bonner has repeatedly condemned them as deathtraps and firetraps, not only on account of the dffficulty— he apparently looks upon it as virtually the impossibility—of reaching the topmost floors with the hose, or of being able to throw water on the flames should the hose have been hoisted up, but also because of their liability to collapse without any warning under the…

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