PROTECTION IN SUMMER HOTELS.
Commenting on a story of a guest at a mountain resort hotel who kept in his trunk a knotted rope to be used as a fire escape in case of need and of the amusement this afforded other guests when it became known, the Pittston, Pa., “Gazette,” says: “Considering the kind of protection against fire furnished by many popular summer hotels, the man who fortifies himself in their upper stories with a rope really shows some sense. Perhaps the laugh is on the rest of the people, who venture into all kinds of lofty accommodations with poor fire escapes or none at all. The average summer hotel is a flimsy affair. It is up against the proposition of making dividends in two months when money is lying idle the other ten. But no such excuse for lack of proper equipment exists in the case of city hotels that run for the year around. The average number of hotel fires in the United States is shown by the latest insurance statistics to be about 50 per month. A great many of these fires are accompanied with loss of life. When a countryman used to go on his travels, he was very apt to object to being placed above the third floor. Such caution is regarded now as a sign of rustic habits. Yet the insurance authority that prepared the statistics quoted above says that 99 per cent, of the hotels have unsafe features in their construction. The countryman may show some judgment after all.”