OHIO FIRE MARSHAL TAX. Western fire insurance departments are receiving notices from the Ohio insurance department that the fire marshal tax is due and payable in November. A committee was appointed some time ago to consider the advisability of testing this law on the ground of unconstitutionality, holding that the companies were taxed with the entire expense, while the general public was benefited. No decision having been reached as to a test case, the companies are authorised to use their own judgment as to paying the tax, and as to whether it shall be paid under protest, with a view to recovery later on, or without any pop. ditions.