Issue 13 and Volume 63.

PREVENTABLE FIRES IN AMERICA In the statistics compiled by the Actuarial Bureau of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, showing the extent of fires of a preventable nature that occurred In 1916, the results are so startling that the board, in a circular recently issued, referred to it as the “Great American Bonfire.” Excerpts from the paper are reproduced herewith: The fire loss of 1916 stopped necessarily upon midnight of December 31st in that year; and yet it was not until January, 1918, that the final analysis of the vast accumulation of statistics had been completed. Some phases of this analysis are herein presented, by means of diagram and table, and it is believed that they will well repay the most careful study. In the first place, it must be admitted that 1916 was not a good year. It showed a change in the wrong direction. The per capita fire…

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