CHICAGO FIRE-LOSS INCREASE.
Chicago fire insurance losses for the first four months of 1907 are nearly $2,000,000, which threatens a record-breaking total for the year, unless there comes a reduction in the number of fires. This surpasses the record for the similar four months of 1906 by more than $500,000. There were forty-four losses in the city where the loss was $10,000 or over, the amount running up to $200,000. They began on January 1 with the linseed oil fire, and have followed rapidly since, January and April being the worst months. Peculiarly aggravating have b*en the two serious losses at the stockyards in the past three weeks, which closely followed a reduction in rates there on risks with superior protection.