Issue 4 and Volume 45.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING With reports for one week lacking, the State of Wisconsin suffered losses by fire aggregating $3,605,470 to property during 1908. A total of 1,821 fires, great and small, was reported to State Fire Marshal T. M. Purtell during this period. Of this number sixtynine different causes are assigned, defective chimneys being the most prevalent cause, 184 fires being from this source alone. Lightning caused 112; parlor matches, 43; gasoline stoves, 21; lamp explosions, 44; and children playing with matches, 51. The State fire marshal has a number of mportant recommendations to make to the governor as a result of investigations made into the causes of fires during the past year. The law creating the department has been in force about eighteen months, and insurance men in the State believe generally that not only have a number of fires been prevented, but the blame has been fixed…

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