Issue 14 and Volume 43.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING The reports of the battalion chiefs of the New York city fire department as to the safety or the reverse of the city’s public schools tell us very little more than was known before, and unfold no tale that should afford the yellow press and its followers of the alarmist type any real cause for setting the nerves of the community on edge. There is no one who does not know’ that in the older schools w’ooden stairways are the rule and those of stone the exception. But everyone also know’s that the board of education has been far more occupied in paying attention to the by no means inexpensive fads of its superintendent, and has devoted itself to carrying out at considerable cost theoretical changes in methods and school apparatus the money that had better have been laid out in making those practical structural alterations…

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