Issue 1 and Volume 56.

THE CONFLICT OF INSPECTIONS. The questions of “over inspection” of factory buildings by representatives of various official departments and the numerous fire hazards in many stores and business houses in New York were among the subjects gone into at a series of hearings held last week by the New York Stale Factory Commission to give business men, landlords and others interested in the factory laws, fire prevention and safety appliances an opportunity to offer suggestions for changes in the existing state factory law. Rudolph P. Miller, head of the Building Bureau of the Borough of Manhattan, suggested and advocated a plan to consolidate the Police, Fire, Health and Tenement House departments into one department, to be known as the Department of Public Safety. Miller, in his testimony, said that by such a consolidation the duplication of building inspectors, which, it has been asserted, threatens to drive many New York manufacturers…

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