Issue 22 and Volume 46.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING According to figures recently made public, the fire loss for the United States and Canada, for the month of October, reaches the large sum of $17,765,200 which, although sonic $5,000,000 less than for the same month last year, is nevertheless an enormous drain on the national resources. During the ten months ending October, 1909, we have witnessed the destruction by fire in the United States and Canada of property valued at $168,865,150. It is only when we become acquainted with the details of the fires to which this vast waste is due, that we realize the extent to which it is preventable, either by the precautions that ordinary intelligence would aopear to dictate, by the adoption of rational methods in the laying out and building of our settled places, or the provision of such adequate and effective means of dealing with fires in their early stage,…

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