Issue 8 and Volume 55.

THE STORM AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT. New York City has reason to congratulate itself that it was not visited by anything approximating a severe fire during the few days when the streets were blocked with several feet of snow. There was the full quota of small fires, but fortunately nothing of a very serious nature occurred, such as one usually feels justified in looking for under unfavorable conditions. As is always the case, the fire department took extra precautions in the way of greater preparedness for any emergency that might arise, and there is no question had a conflagration broken out it would have been met by as strong resistance as at any other time. But to say that the city was not at any time in danger from a conflagration would not be a truthful statement, and it can be attributed to nothing but Providential favor that it has…

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