Issue 14 and Volume 48.

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLERS, THEIR USE AND ABUSE* Mr. President and Gentlemen: In being assigned this topic, I fully realize the vast field necessary to be covered to properly treat with this very important subject and also feel my inability to do justice to this very necessary part of the protection of lives, homes and property from the ravages of the most destructible demon with which man has to contend. The automatic sprinkler is not an ancient device, having been in use for the past twenty years, but like all other apparatus, while crude in its conception, yet ingenious man has from time to time improved its construction and application until today it is a recognized factor in the commercial world, and we believe that it is still in a crude state. The use of the automatic sprinkler has saved millions of dollars in the United States and elsewhere that would have…

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