A FIRE THAT INTERESTED AN EMPEROR.
An event happened at Berlin recently which nearly ended in a serious and irreparable loss to the whole German nation. The new, scarcely finished buildings of the General Staff, which are filled with all the most important and precious maps, plans, drawings, documents, etc., of the German army, were discovered to be on fire. The conflagration broke out in the printing department. Owing to the combustible nature of the contents the flames spread rapidly. This department was completely gutted, the roof burned, and much damage done. However, by the extraordinary energies of the Firemen, the most valuable plans and maps were saved. The fire lasted about three hours. The Crown Prince and Count Moltke were present all the time, and through the night continual messages were despatched to the Emperor, reporting on the progress of the fire; the Engines continued at work for eight hours, when all danger for the rest of the buildings was over. Tne origin of the fire was not known.—London Fireman.