Issue 13 and Volume 31.

FIREPROOF WHARVES The second wharf fire at Hoboken emphasises the contention that all wharves in a congested harbor like that of New York, whether on the North or the East rivers or on the Jersey side, should be built of stone or iron. To use wood for such a purpose, even if it has undergone a fireproofing process, is to court a conflagration, and as too many of these wharves, besides being built of cheap material, serve also as freight sheds, and are roofed over with wood and encumbered more or less frequently with inflammable goods, such as cotton, alcohol, jute, and the like, the chances of such a disaster are all ready to hand. Further possibilities of fire are also added by the use of electric lighting, the wires for which are not inspected, if they are inspected at all, with sufficient care and frequency to admit of their…

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