FIRES IN JANUARY.
During the first month of this year there were 364 fires, at which the loss was from $10,000 up to $1,500,000—the maximum for any single fire. The following classification shows that the number of comparatively small fires was considerably above the average, and that of fires somewhat larger, but (with two or three exceptions) not sufficiently disastrous to be recorded as conflagrations. Of fires ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 loss, there were 119; $20,000 to $30,000, sixty-nine; $30,000 to $50,000, sixty-two; $50,000 to $75,000, forty; $75,000 to $100,000, twentytwo; $100,000 to $200,000, twenty-five; $200,000 to $1,500,000, eighteen. The fires wdiich caused the severest loss during January were as follows: Shelby, Ohio, steel tube warehouse, $1,500,000; Des Moines, Iowa, State capitol building, $500,000; Havre, Montana, various. $350,000: Tonawanda, N. Y., lumber yards and other, $350,000; San Antonio, Texas, dry goods store, $315,000; Bay Mills, Mich, lumber plant. $300,000; New York city, business block, $280,000; Buffalo, N. Y., paper warehouse and other. $250,000; Paterson, N. J., silk mills, $230,000; Chicago, Ill., plate glass warehouse, $230,000; Louisville, Ky., storage warehouse and other, $225,000; Brooklyn, N. Y. machinery works, $210,000; Springfield, Ky., academy buildings, $200,000; Quebec. Que., drug house and other. $200,000: Burlington, Iowa, several stores. $200,000: Augusta, Maine, two business blocks, $200,000; Lowell, Mass., several business houses, $200,000; Sour Lake, Texas, various, $200,000.