The Burning of the Central’s Elevators.
In FIRE AND WATER of April 27 last, we described the fire which consumed the great grain elevators of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, between Fifty-ninth and Sixty-fifth streets and the Hudson River, causing a loss of between two and three millions of dollars. We are glad to be able now, by the courtesy of The Chronicle Company, to present to our readers a view of the conflagration as taken from a boat on the river at the time at a point opposite Fifty-ninth street. The drawing was made from a painting by W. H. Wightman, and owned by Armstrong Maltbie. for many years no fire has occurred in New York accompanied by such sensational incidents as this one, and its result has been that the railroad company, in rebuilding the elevators, has been obliged to conform to requirements laid down by the fire department of New York city, which will make these structures as safe as in our present limited knowledge it is possible for them to be made. Chief Bonner, in the specifications which he has insisted upon, has, it seems to us, done all which could be asked, and when the elevators are built, and their approaches and surroundings completed, they will certainly be the most perfectly protected against fire of any in America, not even excepting those of Duluth.
—The Tradesman of January 1 is a number of 120 pages, and contains a most exhaustive review of the industrial growth of the Southern States during the past ten years. The Tradesman is doing yeoman’s service in the cause of its section of the country, and is reaping the well-deserved reward of its work. It is published at Chattanooga, Tenn.