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THE LESSON OF THE SLOCUM CALAMITY.

Issue 1 and Volume 36.

THE LESSON OF THE SLOCUM CALAMITY. The burning of the excursion steamboat, General Slocum, when crowded with women and children, on pleasure bent, seems almost criminal in its nature. Over goo lives sacrificed, through negligence to observe even the most ordinary precautions, calls for a radical revision in the methods governing the inspection of passenger boats, especially those which are used to convey large numbers of persons about the various harbors and rivers in the summer season. On land vigorous efforts have been made to enforce such building laws and regulations as will adequately protect the crowds which gather from time to time in public places, and although the disastrous fire at the Iroquois theatre last winter proved that there is much room for improvement, nearly every city at once took steps to see that its amusement buildings conformed to the laws. A more complex problem is presented by boats…

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