Issue 21 and Volume 45.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING It is gratifying to notice that, at the recent annual meeting of the National Board of Fire Underwriters in New York city, the statement was made by its president that the work of the board’s committee on fire prevention is beginning, however slowly, to tell, and that several municipalities have even sought investigation at the hands of that committee. That, of course, is something; but it is to be feared that as yet such municipalities are in the minority, and that a very large number are inclined to resent any proposal looking towards any such investigation, or to be altogether indifferent either as to its importance or its results, if one has taken place. In some instances it may be granted that no immediate improvements can follow the report of the committee, because of a lack of funds; in many, however, it is the outcome of…

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