DECEMBER FIRE LOSS IN BOSTON.
The report of Superintendent Abbott, of the Boston protective department, shows that during the month of December there were 153 bell, forty-eight still, and fourteen automatic alarms—a total of 217 alarms, with three sprinkler calls. The following comparison is made of the losses on buildings and contents for the month in the last two years: 1904—Buildings, insured, $70,-172, not insured, $350. 1905.—Buildings, insured,
$106,765, not insured, $16,775. 1904.—Contents, insured, $70,318, not insured, $3,561. 1905.—Contents, insured, $154,992, not insured, $3,721. The insurance on buildings was $1,536,318, loss, $106,765; on contents, $1,018,210, loss, $154,992; total insurance, $2,554,528—total insurance loss, $282,252. On $3,200 insurance on rents the loss was $217. T here were seven false, and eighteen needless alarms; seventeen fires were caused by the careless use of matches; fifty-nine were of unknown origin.