FOR FIREPROOF WOOD.
Mayor McClellan has vetoed the ordinance of the New York city aldermen to amend section 185 of the building code, by striking therefrom the clauses relating to the compulsory use of so-called fireproof wood in buildings exceeding 150 feet in height. The mayor said, in part: “It is now proposed to omit the provisions that the sleepers, floors, inside window frames, sashes, doors, trim, and other interior finish must be of fireproof wood and to allow the substitution of hardwood. If such an amendment were to be adopted, it is obvious that the compulsory use of fireproof w’ood in high buildings would be almost wholly done away with. I know of no good reason at present for wholly condemning the use of fireproof wood. While I am aware that it has been pronounced a failure for some, yet there are many who contend that its use safeguards life and property to a very great extent. If it were your opinion a year ago that the further use of fireproof wood was desirable, I see no reason why you should now approve its elimination.”