Issue 10 and Volume 31.

FARCICAL LAWS. Says the Insurance Herald, of Atlanta, Ga.: “What a stupendous farce the laws are in our large cities for the protection of life in hotels and other public buildings is graphically illustrated in the recent burning of the Park Avenue hotel in New York, by which nineteen persons lost their lives needlessly. There were absolutely no standpipes, no hose, no hand fire extinguishers, not even buckets of water anywhere on the premises of this, one of the largest hotels in the country. All municipal regulations for protection in case of fire were ignored, and the inspectors provided by the city were as ignorant of the defects as if the hotel had been located in China instead of being under their noses. The lesson of the Windsor hotel holocaust, not so very many months since in the same city, went for naught, and innocent people were again roasted alive,…

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