Issue 8 and Volume 37.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING The recent fire at the Casino theatre and the still more recent destruction of the main building of the old Grove street public school has naturally excited more or less anxiety in the minds of the citizens of New York. Fortunately no casualties resulted. That, however, was what is commonly called a mere matter of chance, since each building happened to be practically empty when the flames broke out. It is claimed Dy some, of whom all do not pose as alarmists or pessimists, that a holocaust may at any time take place in the theatres of Manhattan. The assertion may savor of exaggeration so far as regards the majority of these places of amusement, but still there is no denying the fact that in a few of these buildings —some, too, erected within a very recent period— the precautions insisted upon by the law for…

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