Serious Conflagration in Japan
Japan has recently suffered another serious conflagration. This time it was in Hakodate, where some four thousand houses were destroyed by fire, which broke out at midnight on April 13. The buildings destroyed included three Christian missions, the British Consulate, several banks, hospitals, schoolhouses, theatres, and Government buildings. The fire at Hakodate was the third great conflagration to occur in Japan within the past three weeks. On March 27 the whole city of Tokio was imperiled by the greatest fire in a decade, which destroyed 1,000 houses in the northwestern part of the city and involved a loss estimated at 25,000,000 yen. On April 6 a big fire in the Asakusa section of Tokio destroyed 1,700 houses, among them eight temples, a school house and a police station.