Issue 23 and Volume 39.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING With the deposition of George Murray, till last week chief inspector of the bureau of combustibles, it is to be hoped that Fire Commissioner O’Brien will remodel the whole bureau, which during many years has served as a conspicuous example of how not to do it. One of the chief ends for which the office of chief inspector was instituted was to see that the public safety was insured, and that both life and property would be guaranteed as far as human foresight could guarantee them against the danger of death and destruction by the reckless use of explosives, their storage and their sale. In that respect, if in no other, the bureau has been of little or no service to the community, and has allowed contractors, the foremen and laborers to do just as they pleased with dynamite. Its storage has been a farce, as…

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