A LESSENED EIRE LOSS.
Whether the “fire fiend” has really decided to behave himself better during the remaining months of the year, or is simply giving us a temporary respite from his too assiduous attentions, it is certainly a relief to learn from The Commercial Bulletin’s figures that the October fire losses in the United States and Canada were but $5.945.500, only about three-fifths of the loss in October, 1887, and less than one-half that of the corresponding month of the previous year—no mean improvement, and one which the country at large would be glad to see kept up. In New York city especially the losses have of late been exceptionally light. Of the fires of the month 153 arc classed as having done over $ro,ooo damage each, and they were divided as follows : Sixty-five fires of between fro,000 and $20,000 in destructiveness, as against seventy-four such fires last year ; twenty-nine between $20,000 and $30,000, against thirty-eight last year; thirty between $30,000 and $50,000, against seventeen last year; fifteen between $50,000 and $75,000, against nineteen last year ; five between $75,000 and $100,000, against three last year; seven between $100,000 and $200,000, against twelve last year, and two exceeding $200,000 in destructiveness, as against eight last year. The twenty largest fires were as follows : Williamsburgh, L. I., $365,000; Little Rock, Ark., $210,500; New York city, $84,500 ; Romeo, Wis , $175,000 ; Sturgis, Mich., $75,000 ; Chicago, III., $125,000; Franklin, N. J., $100,000; Shamokin, Pa., $85,000; Duluth, Minn., $130,000; Double Creek Bridge, N. J., $150,000 ; Salamanca, N. Y., $75,000 ; Hunter’s Village, N. Y., $100,000 ; Pittsburgh, Pa., $90,000; Los Angeles, Cal., $ too, 000; West Covington, Ky., $62,000; Helena, Mont.,$62,000 ; Boston, Mass., $65,000 ; Winona, Minn., $65,000; Moscow, Idaho, $70,000; East St. Louis, Mo., $60,000. At least these are the losses which are given by The Commercial Bulletin and used in its estimates, but in several instances they arc undoubtedly overstated. The fire loss by months for the first ten months of the years 1886, 1887 and 1888 is tabulated as follows :