Heavy Fire Loss in Chicago.
Chicago gave a bad ending to a month of heavy losses all over the country with a million dollar grain loss through the burning of the Illinois Central Elevator B. April has been an unfavorable month and its end was particularly so, one Western department receiving reports of $50,000 in losses on Aphil 29. The loss on the Illinois Central elevator still further aggravates the bad record of grain elevators in Chicago on which in the last seven years the losses have been nearly $4,000,000. For several years the heaviest loss of each has been due to elevator fires. Last year the Armour elevator loss in August was the largest of the year and Chicago underwriters hope that nothing will surpass the Illinois Central elevator loss of 1909. A record of elevator losses in Chicago during the five years ended with 1906 shows losses on buildings and machinery in socalled frame elevators of $262,250 and on grain of $496,558. The loss on buildings and machinery of so-called brick elevators were $438,291 and on grain $131,835. All these losses were within the present city limits and did not include several fires in nearby suburbs. Several hundred thousand dollars were added to the loss record during 1907, while the elevator losses for 1908 were considerably over a million dollars.