FOOLS MUST BUY EXPERIENCE.
The fire fiend has again assumed the form of antagonism to religious and educational enlightenment. During the past fortnight at least four churches and five schools have been burned down at heavy cost to the taxpayers, as well as to those who supported the church establishments. The loss has in most instances fallen most heavily upon the owners of the property, who, in two instances, each one that of a public or a high school, had neglected to place any insurance at all upon the buildings and their contents, while the others were only partially insured. In more than one instance the school or church destroyed was located in a town where there was no fire department at all, and the inhabitants had to place their sole reliance on Providence phis a bucket brigade for protection against a conflagration, instead of upon those means of defence against fire which commonsense dictates, and the experience of other places where a like fate has befallen the people has shown to be necessary. The comparatively small cost of securing a proper village equipment with which to fight fires would pav for itself over and over again, if only by the reduction in insurance rates. But there are some fools whom even the most dearly bought experience will not teach wisdom.