RESIGNATION OF A PROTECTIVE COMPANY.
A correspondent at North Adams,Mass., writes that the members of the local protective company have resigned in a body after two years service. They were enrolled to serve without pay, but on the implied understanding that the insurance companies would furnish them with rubber blankets and coats. Some of the companies were willing to do this, while others refused —the result being that the men had to work without apparatus of any kind. They still continued to serve, however, in the hope of their very moderate demands being complied with, but, on realizing that their expectations were vain, they finally came to the conclusion that the insurance companies had better shoulder whatever losses accrued to them, owing to the lack of a protective company with proper equipments, and resigned accordingly. It is not likely that another company of the same sort will be formed.
At Burlington, la., on July 15,a fire of a mysterious origin destroyed three buildings of the Des Moines county poor farm. Loss, $40,000; insurance, $24,000. The insane patients were all rescued with difficulty.