Damage at Cotton Mill Fires.
Most cotton mills are now protected with automatic sprinklers, and the damage caused by fire is often small as compared with that occasioned by water. The majority of fires originate in the spinning frames in the upper stories of the mills, the carding machines being placed on the ground floor, so that the cards are often deluged with water distributed by the automatic sprinklers or other fire appliances. Even where the mills are supposed to be fireproof much water has been known to find its way through the concrete floorings into the lower rooms. The card clothing is xcry susceptible to injury by water, owing to the difficulty of removing the effects of damp from the wire teeth. Considerable salvage can he effected from prompt attention to most of the machinery, but the cards arc usually abandoned as a total loss, there being no method of removing the effects of damp from the wire teeth. If only some inventor could devise such a method the fire loss in cotton and woollen spinning mills would he considerably diminished.—Journal of The Society of Arts, Lott don.