FIRE LOSS IN 1897.
The fires tables for 1898 give information in regard to the fire losses and insurance losses for the year 1897 The aggregate fire loss was $2,454,592,481, which is $2,382,845 less than in 1896. The insurance loss for the year was $1,438. 902,448, or $7,181,655 lower than the loss for the previous year. This showing is smaller than for any year since 1890. A noticeable feature is that for the first time the yearly los of New Yord was exceeded by that of another State, Pennsylvania leading with a fire loss of $13,706,315, and an insurance loss of $8,674,980. The number of fires reported during the year was 55,779, of which but twocaused a loss of over $t,000,000. One was at Knoxville, Tenn., in April, where the figures footed up to$i,oi9.725, and the othe’was at Pittsburgh, Pa., in May, when the loss was $1,905,515. The loss to the State of Pennsylvania on the buildings at Harrisburg aggregated $700,000. The greatest monthly loss occurred in January, when the property loss was $ 11.594, 495, and the insurance loss $7,187,515. There were burned in 1897 33.033 dwellings and tenements, 11,811 barns, stables, and granaries; 1,753 general merchandise stores, 913 retail liquor stores and saloons, and 735 churches.