Needed Improvements at Mankato.
Mankato, Minn., though essentially a wooden city, draws the line at permitting wooden roofs within its fire-limits. It has a well trained and efficient fire department, nearly entirely volunteer. under Chief N. Kleinschtnidf, aided by Assistant Chiefs Bangester and Hanna. For its betterment Chief Kleinschmidt asks for a new aerial truck and combination chemical wagon, 1.000 ft. additional of hose, the laying of an additional main and setting of two additional hydrants. During the past year the department answered 57 alarms, of which three were false. The losses for the year ending April 1 were as follows: On buildings, $7,134.08; on contents, $16,298.47—total, $23,432.55, on which was a total insurance of $209,450. The value of the buildings at risk was $99,675, insured for $68,750; of the contents at risk $193,300, insured for $140,700. The fire-loss was, therefore, comparatively small.
A section of the business district of Scottsburg, Ind., has been destroyed by fire at a loss of $25,000, the town having no fire protection.