FIREPROOF AND THIEFPROOF.
The officers of the Massachusetts Fireproof and Warehouse Company, of Boston, have contracted for the equipment of their new building with an automatic fire alarm system. There will be installed in this building every device known to modern science for protection against fire and burglars. In the watchman’s office will be the recording and testing apparatus, an annunciator for the various floors, and a watchman’s 24hour register, connected in an electric circuit which is completed only when all the doors in the building are closed. There are also provided thermostats or instruments indicating automatically an abnormal temperature due to any cause. These thermostats are connected to the annunciator so that the room in which such an excessive temperature is present is indicated. The doors are so arranged that only when they are all closed can the watchman register his visits of inspection. This is even found on the front door, so that after 6 o’clock p. m., the watchman cannot go out of the building, nor any one enter it, without recording such entrance or exit in the office. Phis building will be entirely fireproof and, should a fire occur from spontaneous combustion or other cause, it would be immediately indicated in the office. The watchman would then go to the floor on which the fire exists, and, as he passes through the doors,his passage will be registered at the office.and also the time at which the doors were opened. In connection with this system there will be an alarm to the police station and fire department by a partial underground system, so that, should burglars desire to get into the building, they will have to go to a pole or streets some distance from the building, go up through numerous other wires and cut the four belonging to the storage warehouse company.