Issue 15 and Volume 28.

FIREMEN BLACKSMITHS AT HOT SPRINGS, ARK. Chief A. L. Crane, of the fire department of Hot Springs, Ark., reports the year ending April 10, 1900, as the most successful in ten years as regards accidents and loss of property by fire. Eighty-one alarms were answered and 114 hours were spent in operating on fires. The total loss was $16,855—a decrease of $10,265 over the preceding year; total insurance paid, $10,730. A comparison of the losses of 1899-1900 with those of the past ten years shows an average decrease of severity per cent. The firemen at Hot Springs now do all the blacksmithing and wagon work for both the fire and street departments, whereby the former was last year saved $208 25 and the latter, $188.15 —a total saving to the taxpayers of $391.40. The Gamewell fire alarm system is in vogue, with twenty-five boxes, of which thirteen are of the…

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