FIRE PROTECTION AT MILWAUKEE.
During 1904 the total amount of fire losses sustained by the city of Milwaukee, Wis., were only a little more than half those of 1903—58.6 per cent, of those in that year. The largest single loss was the H. Molitor company fire, $82,000, and the other large losses were comparatively few. The total loss for the year was $607,000, as compared with $1,037,488 the previous year. There were 1,714 alarms during the year and the department traveled 10,556 miles. The department laid 458.850 feet of hose and raised 20,800 feet of ladders. While there were a number of bad accidents in the department during the year, in which quite a number of members were injured, there were no fatalities. The only death in the department was that of Lieutenant Henry Wcidner, who dropped dead while working at a fire. One of the most prolific causes of accidents to the department has been the collisions of the apparatus with street cars at crossings, while the former were answering alarms. Various measures have been proposed for remedying this danger, but nothing has been done to rectify the present conditions. Among the improvements which will be made during the year 1905 will be two new stations, one in Merrill park and the other on National avenue, near Reed street. The fjreboat Cataract is also to be overhauled and rebuilt. Chief Herman Meminger continues to keep his department up to its accustomed high state of efficiency.