THREE DAYS AFTERWARDS.—A CONTRAST. On Saturday, December 10, the Associated Press sent out the following despatch: “Extensive improvements in the fire protection of Minneapolis and St. Paul are planned, largely as a result over the conflagration charges. Minneapolis proposes to spend $1,000,000 for extensions of water mains and other improvements in the supply, and St. Paul will issue bonds for $500,000 for the same purpose.” On December 13 the next Associated Press despatch reads as follows: “Giant billows of flames surging over Minneapolis cause $6,000,000 (really aoout $831,000) loss. Three of the largest stores in the city are completely gutted. Flames rage for hours in the business district.” Showing that, while man proposes, the firefiend disposes, and that, too, in short order.