ST. FLORIAN’S DAY
May 4 is the day on the Ecclesiastical calendar set aside in honor of St. Florian, the patron saint of those in peril of fire.
About the year 190 there was born at Enns, in Lower Austria, one Florian. He was a Roman soldier under Diocletian, and was drowned in the Enns on account of his voluntary confession of Christian faith. Buried first at Enns, then at Rome, his relics now repose at Cracow. In legendary lore St. Florian is honored as the patron saint of those in peril of fire, because on one occasion he extinguished a large conflagration with a pitcher of water. His feast is celebrated on May 4.
A photograph of a wood carving of this saint is in the exhibit from the Library of the Insurance Society, at 105 William street. There is also shown a document bearing the original signature of Nicholas Barbon, and some photographs of the Armour elevator explosion at Chicago.