Issue 9 and Volume 43.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. Is it surprising that a conflagration at Berlin, N. H., swept the business portion of the town, destroyed eight buildings and did well on to $400,000 damage, when we read that when the time for action came the fire department’s only steamer was out of order? Two lines of hose were coupled to the hydrants, which, also, had to be thawed out; but the pressure was so low that the streams dribbling on the blaze at a distance of only fifty feet had no effect on the progress of the conflagration. Three years ago (lie same territory was burned over, yet that calamity did not serve as a warning, and Berlin is essentially a town of wooden buildings! What does Solomon say as to “braying a fool in a mortar?” By March i—that is, in three days from this date—the high-pressure system is supposed to be…

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