Issue 18 and Volume 31.

A WEEK OF DESTRUCTIVE FIRES. A glance at the long list of the principal fires for the week, which will be found elsewhere, will show that April will contribute its share towards making larger the dimensions of the national ash heap for 1902. Taken altogether, the fire loss since the list published last week runs high up into the hundreds of thousands of dollars—a sum far exceeding the average, and not including the amounts lost by forest fires and fires not recorded. In some cases, whole villages have been swept away by the flames; in others, both business and residential portions have suffered severely. In nearly every instance where the fire has not taken place in a large city or town, it will be found that the villages which have suffered are utterly without any fire protection, without any water supply, and dependent solely upon a hastily formed, unorganized bucket…

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