Gasolene explosions and fires have been more than usually common of late, and will become more and more common till the nature of this treacherous and volatile explosive is thoroughly understood. Such explosions are constantly happening in launches whose motive power is supplied by this fluid. Only a few days ago otte occurred on hoard a vessel of that type, the result being that a man was blown out of her into deep water and drowned. At Brighton. Mass., a man was hunting for a gasolene leakin his automobile shed with a bare flame. He found it, indeed, hut was blown through the door. The auto and shed were completely destroyed, and the man is confined to his bed with serious burns He will probably seek a less destructive method of leaklutnting in the future. At Savin Rock, near New Haven. Conn., the explosion of a ten-gallon tank fatalh injured two men. while several others were painfully burned and considerable property was destroyed At Revere Reach. Mass., the Sabbath rest was rudelv disturbed and some other than the Fourth Commandment broken, when the Old Mill fire was fed. and several explosions were caused by gasolene, which assisted materially in spreading the flames. In the new East Boston tunnel, a few days afterwards. three workmen were badly injured by a gasolene explosion caused by carelessness. On August 12. at Florence, Kan., an explosion of gasolene iti a tailor’s shop threatened the entire business portion of the town. Two other buildings were completely destroyed, and the loss suffered by the tailor and his neighbors was as heavy as the insurance was small. At Calumet. Mich., also, the explosion of a gasolene stove gutted a drugstore and damaged three adjoining stores. All the above losses and fatalities happened within a few days of each other and are only some few out of many. The ordinary use of gasolene is riskv enough, hut. when it is used carelessly— as is too often the case, then its perils are added ton hundredfold.
Pompier drills are held weekly at Winona, Minn., by Chief Norton.