American Druggist Record
The loss record of the American Druggists’ Fire Insurance Company during 1912 throws strong light on the peculiar hazards of the drug business, and especially emphasizes the fact that druggists are as prone to carelessness as those in any other occupation or line of business. One of the inexcusable items is found in the fact that there were four fires due to the liquefication of carbolic acid crystals by direct heat. It also is interesting to note that in the record of the Retail Druggists’ Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Ohio there have been five fires due to this cause. The table of 1912 losses by causes, incurred by the American Druggists, follows:
The American Druggists, which operates in 31 States, insures retail druggists only. There are about 40,000 retail druggists in the United States, so that tlie showing, which covers the most populous States, is hy no means a bad one. altthough the number of fires is larger than in any other year of the company’s history. In 1911 it had 82 fires, ami during its six vears an aggregate of 351.