Issue 7 and Volume 49.

DANGER OF HANDLING EXPLOSIVES During the past few months explosions in different parts of the country have been of unusual frequency, and often they have been accompanied by disastrous fires. Considering the existence at all times of explosive materials in cities, and their constant transportation by rail and water, however, the frequency of such disasters should not be wondered at. This is true, too, notwithstanding the extra precautions that are taken to prevent accidents. The American Railway Association some time ago adopted most stringent rules which are backed by acts of Congress and by the regulations of the Interstate Commerce Commission, for the transportation of explosives. These same rules have also been adopted by the bureau of combustables of New York and other cities. They provide the method of handling explosives at stations and in cars. Very definite rules are laid down for the loading of cars and boats. No…

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