Cheap Fire Extinguishers.
In the course of an article on the wrist of a woman who died some 1900 years ago—an alleged saintly relic which was recently exhibited to thousands of people in New York at $1 a head, and which is reported to have effected miraculous cures—The Illustrated American says: “At Venice a leg of St. Lawrence extinguished fires. In Sicily St.Agatha’s veil, carried in procession, is said to put a stop to the fires of Mount Gibello.” In Japan, also, the flones of departed saints and the cardboard representatives of favorite gods have been found very efficacious in staying the spread of flames.
The National Board of Fire Underwriters should not neglect these simple and effective means of extinguishing fires. There is no place in the United States where they could be applied with greater advantage than in New York city. Venice and Sicily and Japan, no doubt, would part with fractional parts of their miraculous fire extinguishers for a liberal pecuniary compensation.