FIRE LOSS FOR 1902.

FIRE LOSS FOR 1902.

The total fire loss for 1902 in the United States and Canada amounted to $149,260,850, as against $164,347,450 in 1901, and $163,362,250 in 1900. Of all the months in the year May and December show the highest figures, and August and October the lowest. It must be remembered, however, that in 1900 occurred the Hull-Ottawa and the North German Lloyd fires, which swelled the amount abnormally. Nor must it be forgotten that in 1902 there took place the Waterbury and Paterson conflagrations, which caused the whole loss in the first six months of the past year to he only $100,000,000 less than that of the corresponding period in 1901. In 1902 there were 2.400 fires at which the total loss was from $10,000 up to $500,000 or more. Of the latter class were those at Manchester, N. H., theatre and business block. $500,000: Waterbury. Conn., general conflagration. $1,500,000; Jersey City, N. J., freight piers. $540,000; Paterson, N. J., general conflagration, $b500,000; Springfield, Ohio, factory, $955,000; Battle Creek, Mich., sanitarium, $500,000; Hoboken, N. J.. piers and steamers, $750,000; Atlantic City, N. J.. several hotels, stores, etc., $750,000: New Milford. Conn., two hotels and several stores, $550,000: Brook lyu, New York, piano factory and another building. $500,000; Hartford, Conn., nail and screw works, $565,000; Oregon, forest fires, $1.200,000; Camden. N. J. several factories and warehouses. $500,000; Sioux City, la.. Armour packing plant. $670,000. On the whole, the insurance offices have been very much more fortunate than was feared from the figures for the first six months of the year, even although the December fires reached a very large total and served to increase the average per month considerably, owing to the big fires at Knoxville. Tenn.; Rockford, III.; Ridgway, Pa.; Atlanta, Ga.j Worcester, Mass.; New York city; Brooklyn, New York (two); and Battle Creek, Mich., not one of which was below $200,000, and four, Marlboro, Battle Creek, Knoxville, and Rockford, from $320,000 to close upon $400,000. But, reviewed even from the least unfavorable standpoint, the fact that so many millions of dollars have needlessly gone up in smoke is one which must stagger the most careless reader and start him off thinking as to the why and wherefore of this yearly fire waste.

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