Girl’s Essay on Fire Prevention

Issue 8 and Volume 55.

Girl’s Essay on Fire Prevention Chief Henry R. Yates of the Schenectady, N. Y., fire department, sends the following copy of an essay prepared and read at the State Regents’ examination in that city recently, on the subject of “Fire Prevention.” The authoress, Miss Eleanor Brownell, who is but sixteen years old, displays remarkable judgment and forethought, which should stimulate others to make a study of this most important subject. The essay is here given in full: One of the chief duties of a government is to protect the lives and property of its citizens successfully. One of the most important phases of this duty is to protect them from the disastrous ravages of fire. Now “Fire Prevention” is fast becoming a science and in all the large cities men are studying the problem of how to lessen the possibilities of the dreadful holocaust, which destroys life and property. The…

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