Issue 22 and Volume 48.

FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. “Pyrolin” is the name of an alleged fireproof liquid about to be placed on the market by a western company, which promises to completely revolutionize the paint trade. Its inventor guarantees that any article coated or painted with “pyrolin” cannot be ignited by fire; that it is impervious to heat and flame. Without consulting the records of the Government patent office, we are going to state—at the risk of contradiction—that “pyrolin” is as old as the Pyramids of Egypt. In the absence of asbestos, three Hebrew boys—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego— some two thousand years ago, saturated their garments thoroughly with “pyrolin” and withstood the seething flames of a fiery furnace and emerged as from cold storage. It is possible that the inventor of “pyrolin” has infringed the ancients’ formulae. If any credence can he placed in the reports which have been published concerning Dothan, an Alabama…

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