HOW HOTELS BURN.
The outside public often wonders how it is that in hotels, where a constant night watch of some kind is supposed to be kept up, and where the lives of the traveling public are supposed to be carefully protected, fires break out unknown to the management and no means of alarming the inmates are provided, All that is done in that line is for a bellboy to run through the house and cry “Fire!” or for a gong to be sounded downstairs, the tones of which are sometimes not loud enough to rouse even ordinary sleepers. It is. therefore, no matter of surprise that hotel holocausts arise from that cause. Again, when a fire starts, there is either no equipment, or equipment of the most imperfect kind, to employ in its extinguishment : what is worse, even that which is on hand is generally more or less useless. owing to the hotel staff not being drilled to its use Hence, if a window curtain is ablaze, as was the case in one of the city’s oldest hotels last Wednesday night, unless some bellboy or other attendant is on hand to pull it down and tread out the flames, the chances are all in favor of a had conflagration, and. of course, loss of life-—two contingencies which, if the municipal authorities were im to their work, should never he suffered to arise. If the city authorities are powerless to act in this matter (which is incredible), then lccnslation looking to that end must he sought at Albany. Tt is preposterous that such a state of things should not onlv he common in our metropolitan hotels, but that it should not he put a stop to at once.