A GERMPROOF HOUSE.
Fireproof houses are claimed as accomplished facts. The next style of building to occupy the public attention is to be a germproof house. It is not yet actually in existence, but medical congresses are busily, even hopefully paving the way for its advent. When it arrives and we are all thoroughly scientific and uncomfortable, our homes will be single-storied, without stairs, built on gravel soil, destitute of cellars, with concrete and blocks of ea thenware “pierced for ventilation” placed under the floor, and the ordinary bricks “will be superseded by glazed and tightly fitting hygienic bricks. The r-of will be tiled, not slated, and the windows will reach from top to bottom of the walls. The dining table will be polished mahogany, the chairs cushio less of stuffed with medicated wool The walls ought to be made of a cement that takes a high polish, can be stain d to any color and washed frequently. Curtains and draperies of all kinds will be abolished: pictures will he permitted only when let into the cement wall; for artistic touches we shall be depending on “lants of the India rubber and eucalyptus type’ In no room will there be corners to harbor dust and bacteria, and the skirting will always curve into the hardwood parquet floors, instead of striking them at right angles. A combination of fireproof of and germproof house should secure owner and tenant a big reduction in fire and life insurance rates.
Boston fire premiums for the first six months of 1902 were $1,779,570, as against $1,675,853 for the first six months of 1901. The loss ratio was 46.6 for the former and 50.4 for the latter period.