Leadership

FIRE AND WATER

Issue 16 and Volume 28.

FIRE AND WATER ANOTHER tenement-house holocaust in this city, in which eight persons perished—this time in Hester street, a densely populated quarter of Manhattan— has again brought to light the fact that the law as to Are escape ladders is systematically evaded by landlords, and that the evasion is winked at—for a consideration, of course—by those whose duty it is to see that the law in question is strictly observed. That the house in which the (ire occurred was an old fashioned structure of frame should have made the authorities all the more careful to see that whatever the law prescribes for the preservation of life was on hand—and this all the more,because the building was a mere firetrap at the best of times. But, given an incendiary who worked “darkling” at early morning in a crooked and narrow wooden stairway, and a ramshackle old wooden house, with no fire…

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