SING SING PRISON A FIRETRAP.
Criminals are not sent to Sing Sing and other prisons to be cremated. Such, however, may be their fate if the prison authorities do not provide against the consequences of an outbreak of fire. This is not the case at Sing Sing at least. Besides being altogther unsanitary, the building itself is at best a firetrap of the most dangerous sort, and, according to the report of Lispenard Stewart, president of this State’s prison commission, it takes over an hour every morning to unlock the 1,200 separate cells, and twenty-four men are available for this work. During the night only four hallmen are on duty, and, should a fire occur in the night, it’would be a manifest impossibility even to release the prisoners from their cells. That such a chance ot burning its vvards alive is taken by the State, is a disgrace to civilisation. The report, therefore, recommends the building of a new fireproof roof on the prison. It would seem the safer and the more humane course to build a new fireproof prison.
. YVhile a funeral sermon was .being preached in the United Brethren church at Humboldt, Ind., flames burst through the floor almost directly under the coffin, and the building was filled with suffocating smoke. The mourners and friends rushed out affrighted through a window, leaving the coffin to its faith. Finally, however, it was rescued, and the males in the party, forming a bucket brigade, saved part of the church. The minister concluded his address at the grave. An overheated stove in the base* ment caused the fire.