Fire-Loss in October.
As will be seen from the accompanying comparative table, the October fire-loss was even more strikingly startling than that of the preceding month, and heavier by over $8,000,000 than the loss in the corresponding month in 1906 and 1907. The following table gives the figures for three years and includes those of every month up to October:
To. 10 mo.$424,46o,20o $180,757,200 $208,758,750 including San Francisco conflagration. During last October there was a larger number than usual of fires at which the loss was $10,000 and upwards—394 in all, classified as under: $10,000 to $20,000, 147; $20,000 to $30,000, 65; $30,000 to $50,000, 63; $50,000 to $75,000, 53; $75,000 to $100,000, 20; $100,000 to $200,000, 28; $200,000 and over, 18—total, 394. The number of fires during the month, at which the loss was $200,000 and upwards, was eighteen—-the extraordinarily prolonged dry spell being undoubtedly responsible for many as well as for the extent of the individual losses. The list (which as in that of September, does not include the forest fires and their attendant losses), is as follows: Denver, Colo., grain elevator. $600,000; Bizbee, Ariz., various, $570,000; Rock Island, Ill., sash and door works and lumber-yard, $550,000; Tarentum, Pa., glass-works, Blaine, Wash., lumber plant, St. Johns, N. F., business block, wharf and two vessels, $500,000 each; Richford, Vt., grain elevator and freight cars, Mullins, S. C., tobacco warehouse, $400,000 each; Buiffalo, N. Y., fur and hat store and others, Toledo, Ohio, wholesale grocery warehouse, $300,000 each; Newark, N. J., trunk factory and other, $270,000; Stetler, Alberta, various, Belton, Tex., cotton compress, $250,000 each; Newburgh, N. Y., river steamer, Amarillo. Tex., railway roundhouse and shops, Lincoln, Neb., military academy buildings, Beaumont, Tex., railway roundhouse and machine shop, $200,000 each.
The South Eastern Pennsylvania Volunteer Firemen’s association, at its recent South Bethlehem convention, elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Chief A. J. Wolfe, South Bethlehem, president; vicepresidents, B. H. Smith, Sellersville; W. H. Stahlnecker, Fountain Hill, Thomas E. Duhig, South Bethlehem, J. Paul MacElree, West Chester, Robert Austin, Phoenixville, Charles Barth, Rockledge, William Weir, Delaware, William Wertz, of Lebanon; John Shoemaker, Chester, secretary (re-elected); Philip McMunigal, Chester, treasurer (re-elected).