Issue 18 and Volume 22.

FIRE AND WATER IT seems strange to those not immediately interested as taxpayers of or residents in a city or town situated, so to say, in the midst, or alongside of water resources in the shape of rivers, springs, or underground supplies, that the citizens of the district concerned are either too careless or too parsimonious to build a water works system so as, at least, to protect themselves against fire. This is particularly the case in California, even in places where water facilities are most abundant. Yet, when a fire breaks out, which, with proper means of extinguishment, could have been put out in a short time and with but little loss, it happens over and overagain, that even if there is a fire department (which is too often not the case) there is not water enough to feed the engine. Such false economy brings with it its own…

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