LAST MONTH’S FIRE LOSS.

LAST MONTH’S FIRE LOSS.

During October the fire loss in the United States and Canada amounted to $10.409,800—$816,500 more than in 1902 and $3,259,100 less than in the corresponding month of 1901. The table which follows shows in comparative form the losses for the first ten months of the years 1901, 1902, and 1903; the total for 1903 being over $1,000,000 above that for 1902Of fires where the amount destroyed amounted to $10,000 and over there were 229 in the last month, classified as follows: $10,000 to $20,000, 104; $20,000 to $30,000. thirty-two; $30,000 to $50,000, thirty-one; $50,000 to $75,000. thirty-two; $75,000 to $100,000, thirteen: $100,000 to $200,000, thirteen; $200,000 to $540,000. four—total. 229. The most destructive fires were as under: Aberdeen. Wash., business section of town, $540,000; Paducah, Ky., whisky warehouse and other. $260,000; Missouri Valley, Iowa, grain elevator. $250,000: Philadelphia, Pa., grain elevator and mill, $240,000; Mason. Miss., cotton compress. $175,000; Beaumont. Tex., rice mill, $157,000.

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