THE management of FIRE AND WATER extends to its many readers its best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year to all. It would add that 1902 will see the paper still further improved in every respect, and the same spirit of progressiveness manifested in every page which has hitherto been its distinguishing feature and has placed it in the very first rank of the literalure devoted to the subjects which form its specially. The conclusion of the first year of a new century is marked by many hopeful signs. The people of this land are contented and happy; work is abundant; new industries are springing np on every side; the country is prosperous; and, thanks to the maintenance by President Roosevelt of the beneficent policy of the late lamented President McKinley, the United States are at peace with every nation, and, as well by wise tactics in diplomacy as by its quiet show of material strength, America now occupies an influential and commanding position among the great powers of the world. That the end of 1902 may see this land and nation still further looked up to and exercising a still more poteut influence in the councils of the nations is the sincere, as it is the best wish of FIRE AND WATER at the beginning of a new year.