Swift Building Burned in Chicago.
The destruction of the Swift & Co., building in Chicago recently caused a loss of about $25,-000. The building covered a space 100 feet square, was five stories high and about twenty years old. Its construction was of wood and brick without partition walls, but with fire escapes. The flames were discovered at 8:31 p. m. by the night watchman who sent in an alarm which called out apparatus, including thirty-five of different makes. When the firemen arrived the flames were found burning fiercely in three upper floors, having been given impetus by an explosion. No less than fifty hydrants, single and double, were found in the vicinity, and with a pressure of 15 pounds, 25 streams were maintained for five hours, 1 1/2-inch nozzels being used.
Engineer Goodrich at Cheyenne, Wyo., recommends establishing the meter system in that city.