FIRE LAW FOR MICHIGAN.
Charles W. Garfield, president of the Michigan forestry commission, has just issued the report of the commission for the year 1895-6. In the preface President Garfield says: “The thoughtlessness and carelessness of people in starting fires during the most dangerous periods of the year have been very carefully considered by the commission, and methods of preventing and controling fires through the agency of the State have impressed the commission as being so important that it will again formulate proposed legislation in this great interest. It is hoped by the commission that the suggestions which are submitted will not only make their appeal to the executive of the State, but to every legislator. and that the people who stand behind all legislation will demand as the most important preliminary to broader forestry legislation, that an adequate fire law shall he enacted.” It is the view of the commission that until a well-thoughtout fire law shall be in force there will be very little sense in pushing forestry plans any further.