The Fox building, the publishing office of the Police Gazette, near Pearl and Dover streets, Manhattan, New York, whose clock and clock tower had served as a landmark to all travelers between Brooklyn and Manhattan—the site, also, of the first Presidential mansion and Benjamin Franklin’s cottage—was badly wrecked by fire early in the morning of December 17. The flames started on the eighth floor, in the premises of the New York Coil company, and were preceded by an explosion. They spread very rapidly to the roof, and worked downwards equally quickly. Three alarms were turned in. The men of engine company No. 12 had a narrow escape from death. They had just pulled their lines to the fire escapes of the seventh floor, and encountered a hack-draught. Chief Binns. who was in command. ordered fhat all the streams he played between the men and the flames, whereby a curtain of water protected the men until the back-draught ceased. All six firemen were burned more or less, but none so seriously that be could not continue work. Their injuries, mainly about the face and hands, were dressed in the street by an ambulance surgeon from St. Gregorv’s hospital. Several of the men. including Chief Binns. had a narrow escane. when the clock and a portion of the tower fell into Dover street. The fire was not under control for several hours. The occupants of the tenements adjoining the building were ordered into the street and compelled to remain in the hitter cold there until all danger of the fire spreading was averted. The damage by fire and water was $25,000.

The Maine legislature recently passed an act providing a penalty for polluting a water supply. This has been declared inadequate, because, before conviction, it must be proved that the matter said to be polluting does pollute the water.


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