Issue 5 and Volume 24.

FIRES FROM LIGHTNING. JULY and August are the principal months for thunderstorms, in the course of which a considerable amount of damage to property always results More especially is this the case in the rural districts, where farmers’ barns and village churches seem to be the favorite prey of the lightning. A reference to our columns this week will show that during the past fortnight the destruction wrought by means of the wonted thunderstorms has been very great—aggregating many thousands of dollars. The States wnich have apparently suffered most are those in New England, and portions of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. In the case of the churches that have been struck by lightning and destroyed, there is very little doubt that the high towers and lofty spires are to blame. They are at once attractive to the eye and attractive to the lightning, and thus pay the…

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