The Fire Pail.
DOUBTLESS many have been surprised at the emphasis which insurance inspectors, and the mutual companies in particular, place upon the water pail, as a means of extinguishing fire. Sprinklers and standpipes, “independent source of supply,” and all that are well enough; but the insurance man insists on the fire pail. He certainly will not discourage any effort to provide means for fighting fires; but no amount of apparatus can wean him from his first love, the handy bucket. This is not at all surprising in the light of facts. More fires are put out bv means of the fire pail than all other agencies combined. But the fire pail is always ready, and any body, even a boy, can use it effectively. This is the sole and simple reason of the insurance man’s devotion to the bucket. He knows from experience that they are effectual.— The Engineers’ List.