The fire loss for August in the United States and Canada amounted to $11,435,600—$3,007,250 more than in the corresponding month of 1903, and $1,720,400 more than that of August, 1904.The accompanying comparative table shows the monthly losses from January to August, inclusive, during the years 1903, 1904, 1905:

JOHN C. KELLEY, President National Meter Co.

During the month just gone hy there were 211 fires at which the loss was $10,000 and upwards, classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, eightysix; $20,000 to $30,000, thirty-two; $30,000 m $50,000, thirty-five; $50,000 to $75,000, twenty-two; $75,000 to $100,000, fifteen; $100,000 to $200,000. fourteen; $200,000 to $700,000. seven; total, 211. The fires which caused the greatest loss were the following; Hoboken, N. J.. ferryhouse, boats and railway depots. $700,000; Montreal. Que.. Hour mill storehouse, $195,000; Humble, Tex., oil tanks and well rigs. $350,000; New York city, church and dwellings, $2*80,000; San Francisco. Cal., gas engine works. $175,000; Brooklyn, N. Y.. cotton warehouses. $380,000; Lainbton. Me.. saw mill, church and other, $200,000; New York city, oil laden ship. $475,000: Johnstown. Pa., department store. $450,000; Priest River, Idaho, planing mill and lumber. $275,000.

At Coffeyville, Kan., the water is no longer taken from the river, but from a well 1,400 feet deep. The supply is apparently inexhaustible, and, when first drawn, has a strongly sulphurous smell and taste. It was drilled through the Mississippi limestone, and the water rises in the well to within 300 feet of the top.

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