Issue 13 and Volume 39.

THE MERIDIAN FIRE DEPARTMENT Difficult Work for its Men Caused by the Tornado. Special Report of FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The powers of endurance of the fire department of Meridian, Miss., were recently put to a very severe test. The men came out of it nobly and with the greatest credit to themselves. For many hours—some of them passed wakeful in the darkness amid scenes of desolation, ruin, fire and storm—they had to bear upon their shoulders the responsibility of saving the city from being swept by fire, as it had been by a disastrous tornado, which spared neither life nor property in its destructive course through the business portion of the city. The storm broke suddenly at 6130 p. m. on Friday, March 2, on the western boundary of the city, and took a northerly course along f ront street, destroying solidly built brick structures by blocks at a…

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