Issue 16 and Volume 81.

WITH THE EDITOR No Fire Protection in a State Prison In a report of the recent fire in the mess hall of a prison farm near Houston, Tex., which cost the lives of several of the prisoners, and injured many others, this significant statement occurs: “There is no fire protection at the state prison farms.” In the present instance, it seems that the sixty-five prisoners were crowded into a narrow mess hall to witness a motion picture show. A prisoner was operating the projector, when one of the others struck a match to light a cigarette. The flaming head flew off and landed in an open film container. The entire room seemed filled almost instantly with flames, and the convicts, panic stricken, crowded against the locked door, so that the guards were unable to open it and release the men. Not until the guards forced the men back at pistol…

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