REPORT OF THE BOSTON BOARD OF FIRE UNDERWRITERS.
At the nineteenth annual meeting of the Boston board of fire underwriters recently held in that city, the report read on the occasion stated that 7,861 inspections of buildings had been made by the board; 6,689 buildings were found in good condition; 1,145. in fair condition: seventy-seven, in bad condition; improvements were made in 2,598; thirty-two first class (fireproof) buildings were completed and inspected during construction by the official instructor of the board; thirty-three of the same class are in process of construction in the city; sixteen buildings have been equipped witn automatic fire alarms during the year, bringing their number up to 310; seventy-three were also supplied with sprinkler equipments. The careful inspection by the board of these sprinkler equipments was continued. It has 201 risks under its supervision, among which eleven fires occurred, causing an aggregate loss of about $8,200, more than half of which was chiefly a water damage in one loss. The board also increased the rates on lumber and coal risks during the year,and it also extended tbe eighty per cent.guarantee to thousands of small risks rated at the minimum, whereby that class of business should be made more satisfactory than it has hitherto been. Electrical installations have likewise been attended to by the board; notices of 4,690 of these were received from contractors during the yearOf fires, whose origin was apparently traceable to electric causes there were twenty-eight, twenty-five of which were adjusted at $2,849. Of this loss the greater part sprang from two losses, one of which was caused by the vapor of benzine being set afire by electric sparks; another, by a guest in an hotel carelessly grounding a circuit. Anticipating the objection that the ratio of fire loss in Boston during the first six months of the present year was considerably larger than for a number of years previously, while the board admits the fact, it claims that, with the satisfactory ratio of the past four months continued to the end of the year, the total result will probably not differ materially from their good record.